The Ossining Public Library has acquired a wooden sculpture from the wife of deceased former Ossining resident Albert Wein. Read below for more information from the library about the artist and the sculpture:
The Ossining Public Library recently received a new sculpture to be enjoyed by patrons in the Library Gallery. The wooden sculpture, entitled “Embrace,” was created in 1956 by former Ossining resident Albert Wein and generously donated by the late artist’s wife, Deyna Wein. The public is invited to drop in and celebrate this intricate, beautiful work over light refreshments in its new permanent home on Saturday, May 14 from 2-4pm in the Library Gallery.
“Embrace,” a four-foot tall wood sculpture of a young couple in romantic entanglement was created in 1956 as an engagement present to Wein’s wife, Deyna. Very few artists of the twentieth century have so successfully achieved a balance between the extremes of Classicism and Modernism as did Albert Wein. His sound foundation of academic excellence provided the basis for the stylized, modernistic approach that set him apart from his contemporaries.
The son of artist Elsa Wein, Albert Wein was born in 1918 and began training at the Maryland Institute at age 9. Wein’s early experience with sculpture inspired him to “modernize and stylize the classical tradition.” Throughout his childhood, Wein studied at the National Academy of Design and continued into adulthood exploring sculpture at the Beaux-Arts Institute and the American Academy in Rome.
Throughout his career, Wein created sculptures for synagogues, private collections and also worked as a set designer for theater and television. Wein and his family moved to Ossining in the mid-1970s and continued to study and create until his death in 1991. Besides the OPL, Wein’s sculptures can be admired at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL and the Cummer Museum of Fine Arts & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. A full retrospective of his work was on display at the Boston Athenaeum in 2008.
Photo of Wein’s artwork provided by Ossining Public Library.