August 9, 1914
Highland Park, IL
|Died||July 28, 2009
|Education||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI|
|Known for||American abstract sculptor.|
|Movement||American abstract expressionism|
Bernard J. Rosenthal (August 9, 1914 - July 28, 2009), also known as Tony Rosenthal, was an American abstract sculptor. He was the creator of the outdoor cube, Alamo that: "established him as a master of monumental public sculpture, and something of a standard bearer of the contemporary structurist esthetic." He stated:
- "It is…important to me that the sculpture interact with the public." A replica of Alamo may be found in a plaza on the campus of the University of Michigan and is denominated Endover.
- 1930-1932: attended evening and Saturday sculpture classes at The Art Institute of Chicago.;
- 1932-1936: attended University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI where he graduated with a B.A.;
- 1936: studied with Archipenko in Chicago;
- 1939: attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, MI where he studied with Carl Milles.
Military Service in World War II:
- 1942-1946: He served in the US Army; attended Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School in Virginia. Later he became unit commander in England.
- 1945: He taught at the American University for the education of GIs, Biarritz, France;
- 1953: He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Monumental Sculptures in public places
Rosenthal was best known for his large outdoor geometric abstract sculptures. His works in public places include:
- Nubian Slave, installed at the 1939 New York World's Fair
- Alamo, Astor Place, New York City, 1967
- Marty's Cube, at the Florida International University in Miami, FL, 1983
- Endover (replica of Alamo), at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, 1967
- Odyssey I, Open Air Museum of Sculpture, Antwerp, Belgium, 1967
- Kepaakala (Sun Disc), Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1969
- Rondo, 59th Street off Park Avenue in New York City, 1969
- 5 IN 1, Municipal Building Path, lower Manhattan, New York City, 1971
- Big Six, 1975, The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, 1975
- Hammarskjold, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, 1977
- House of the Minotaur, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 1980
- Pass-Thru, Hofstra University, 1988
- JS Bach Variation #9, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, Illinois, 1990
Tony Rosenthal died in Southampton, NY on July 28, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Dillon Rosenthal.
- Harold Harby, Los Angeles City Council member who denounced Rosenthal's statuary for the Los Angeles Police Building
- Earle D. Baker (1888–1987), Los Angeles City Council member who introduced a resolution to remove the Los Angeles Police Building statuary
- Hunter, Sam, Tony Rosenthal, Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated, 2001, ISBN 0-8478-2316-4
- Wight, Frederick S., Bernard Rosenthal, New York: Catherine Viviano, 1958.
- Marika Herskovic, American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, (New York School Press, 2003.) ISBN 0-9677994-1-4. pp. 290–293
- Grimes, William, Tony Rosenthal, Sculptor of Public Art, Dies at 94, New York Times, July 31, 2009.
- Tony Rosenthal (New York, NY : Rizzoli, 2000.) ISBN 0-8478-2316-4 p.6
- American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, (New York School Press, 2003.) ISBN 0-9677994-1-4. p.290
- Tony Rosenthal (New York, NY : Rizzoli, 2000.) ISBN 0-8478-2316-4 pp. 58-67
- American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, (New York School Press, 2003.) ISBN 0-9677994-1-4. p.293