Study / Falling Man (a.w.f.), 1970, edition of 6, nickel-plated bronze, height 72”, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana

ERNEST TINO TROVA (b. 1927), Saint Louis, MO
Painter, sculptor and author, Trova is represented in the collections of High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all New York City, New York; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas; Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Museo de Bella Artes, Caracus, Venezuela.

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, presents the largest public collection in the world of works by Trova. The artist’s late 1975 gift of 40 of his sculptures helped to establish this unique outdoor exhibition area featuring works by artists of international acclaim.

Self taught in multiple media, including clay, fiberglass, bronze and silkscreen, plus light and kinetic sculpture, the artist is internationally known for his Falling Man series, a theme which has become an icon for the pyschological and moral dilemmas of man in a modern age. Developed over at 10 year period, circa 1964-1974, Trova explored this theme in both two and three-dimensional media. His imagery depicts rising and falling man, often half humanoid, in emotionally charged settings.

His first public exhibition was in 1947 at St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri, and exhibitions at the Pace Gallery, New York, New York in the 1960s help to launch his international career. During the 1970s, Trova concentrated on monumental, geometric constructions in steel before returning in the following decade to new investigations of the Falling Man theme.

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