Lawrence Holofcener is an artist who’s extensive experience across a variety of arts fields had made him a figure of outstanding popularity. The artist was equally prolific as a writer, a poet, a playwright, an actor and a director but it was the field of sculpture where he left the deepest mark. Lawrence Holofcener has acted in a variety of films and Broadway plays but the role in 1964 musical Hello, Dolly! alongside Carol Channingam and Ginger Rogers is likely his most memorable role to date.
Lawrence Holofcener studied at the University of Maryland University of Wisconsin–Madison. He started his artistic career by writing music for Your Show of Shows television show after which he went on to write musicals for the theater. Apart from writing plays the artist also worked as an actor on Broadway where he played in noted musicals such as Stop The World and Hello, Dolly. He also pursued a literary career and in 1960, he edited A Practical Dictionary of Rhymes for Crown Publishers. Sixteen years later, the artist and writer published Day of Change book that was followed by the creation of another British English dictionary entitled Britishisms.
Sculpturing appeared late in the life of the versatile artist who spent his young years playing in a variety of theater shows. First exhibition was held in 1979 in Charleston South Caroline and it was immediately followed by an array of awards and bookings for new art shows. In 1995 the artist created his most famous sculptural work entitled Allies. The art piece featuring Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt sitting on a bench was unveiled by princess Margaret in Bond Street. The artist who has both British and the American citizenship made a depiction of the most important alliances in the 21 st century. The body language shows the emotion of true friendship and comradery as they lean on toward one another. The atmosphere of ease and humor was highlighted with humorous details such as a spotted tie and the unavoidable cigar. The public artwork was commissioned by the Bond Street Association to commemorate the fifty years after the end of the Second World War. The popularity of the peice that brought thousands of visitors to Bond street inspired Catto Gallery to commission Lawrence Holofcener to create forty small scale version of the piece that were modeled after the real size artwork.
In 1985 Lawrence Holofcener created Faces of Olivier what will be his first artwork in the Icons series that dealt with honoring the life and work of some of the 20th-century greats. Artwork composed of depictions of numerous characters the celebrated actor played during his outstanding career was unveiled by Laurence Olivier himself at Chichester Theatre, in England. Subsequently, the artist created bronze sculptures portraying some of the most influential figures of the 20th century including Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Mahatma Gandhi and Anne Frank. In 2016 the artist unrivaled the sculpture of a young William Shakespeare in his hometown Stratford.
Fatured image : Lawrence Holofcener – Portrait
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|Exhibition Title||Exhibition Title||Gallery/Museum||Solo/Group|
|2002||Icons of the 20th Century||Catto Gallery, London||Solo|
|1998||Untitled||Kendall Gallery, Cowes, Isle of Wight||Group|
|1997||Untitled||Catto Gallery, Hampstead London||Group|
|1996||Lawrence Holofcener||Bruton Street Gallery, London||Solo|
|1994||Untitled||The Mall Galleries, London,||Group|
|1984||Lawrence Holofcener||Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ||Solo|
|1984||Untitled||The Trenton Museum, Trenton, NJ||Group|
|1984||Untitled||Trenton Country Club, Trenton||Group|
|1983||Untitled||Philips Mill Gallery Annual (sculpture prize)||Group|
|1982||Lawrence Holofcener||AT&T Corporate Education Center, Hopewell, NJ||Solo|
|1982||Lawrence Holofcener||The Nassau Gallery, Princeton||Solo|
|1982||Untitled||Nassau Gallery, Princeton||Group|
|1981||Untitled||Gross McLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|1981||Mercer County Artists Show,||MC College,||Group|
|1980-86.||Untitled||Fisher Galleries, Washington, DC||Group|
|1980||Lawrence Holofcener||The Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC||Solo|
|1980||Lawrence Holofcener||The Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC||Solo|
|1980||Untitled||Princeton Annual (1st prize)||Group|
|1980||Untitled||Gallery 100, Princeton||Group|
|1979-80.||Untitled||Palmetto Gallery, Charleston,||Group|
|1979||Lawrence Holofcener||The Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC||Solo|