George Sugarman

Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to represent the estate of George Sugarman.

George Sugarman (1912–1999) is best known for his whimsical, brightly colored minimal sculptures. A graduate of the City College of New York, Sugarman served in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he studied in Paris under Cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkine. He returned to New York in 1955 at the age of 39 to begin his career as an artist. He was among the group of artists who came to prominence in the early 1960s including Anthony Caro, Donald Judd, and Mark di Suvero, who made large-scale sculpture that spurned the traditional pedestals to sit directly on the floor, in the viewer's space.

His earliest works were carved from single blocks of wood. In 1959 he created his first painted wood piece, these works infuse the often somber, formalism of that era with a playful pop sensibility. Though he continued his exploration of whimsical, colorfully painted forms, in the 1970s he began to fabricate his sculptures out of aluminum. Unlike many of his contemporaries who sought to remove evidence of the artist’s hand, these works were constructed by the artist and painted with a brush. Sugarman was known to first create his works as cardboard maquettes before finishing each piece as a tabletop sculpture. Ultimately many of these works were intended to be fabricated as monumental outdoor sculptures.

Sculptures by George Sugarman are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center and the Kunstmuseum.

Yellow and Blue Spiral- George Sugarman

Yellow and Blue Spiral
Acrylic on wood
33 x 19 x 19 inches

George Sugarman

c. 1967
Acrylic on cast fiberglass
18 x 19 x 20 inches

Archer, 1968
Acrylic on wood
89 x 64 x 120 inches


1968 - 1969
Acrylic on wood
84 3/4 x 156 x 120 inches

Orange, Blue and Black- George Sugarman

Orange, Blue and Black
Acrylic on wood
50 x 65 x 19 1/2 inches

George Sugarman

Acrylic on laminated cardboard and wood


Three Black Elements
Acrylic on aluminum
65 x 34 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
45 x 23 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
40 x 28 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches


c. 1990
Acrylic on aluminum
57 x 32 x 28 inches

Silent Welcome

Silent Welcome
Acrylic on aluminum
16 x 28 x 14 inches

Yellow Diag

Yellow Diagonal
Painted welded aluminum
82 x 94 x 42

Yellow to White to Blue to Black, 1966-67
Yellow to White to Blue to Black
Fabricated Steel
Large-scale Sugarman commission installed in 1969 in El Segundo, California

Discovery Sugarman Sky image
Large scale Sugarman commission detail installed Joselyn Museum