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Big Open Skull

Jack Zajac, American, b. December 13, 1929

Creation date: 1966-1973
Creation place: United States

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Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase through the Earle W. Grant Acquisition Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and by exchange
Accession Number: 1975.68
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 41 in. x 56 3/4 in. x 27 1/4 in. (104.14 cm x 144.15 cm x 69.22 cm)
Currently on view


Jodi Scully Gallery, Los Angeles, California ( - August 11, 1975)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 11, 1975 - )

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Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1977.
Zajac explores the theme of anguish and sacrifice in a series of goats depicted in tortured positions, and in a number of religious works. A contrast are the fountains, swans, and almonds which are smoothly polished marble or wood. Done in rough bronze, "Big Skull" does not leave a feeling of death but the intense purity as if all unnecessary elements have been swept away. "Split Almond," of delightful smooth stone with gentle curves expresses the joy of holding a single form and having it divide, simply and naturally into two.
Last Updated: 1/28/2016


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Jack Zajac, Retrospective Exhibition San Diego Museum of Art , 2/15/1975 - 5/18/1975

Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego , 1/1/1977 - 4/1/1977

San Diego Museum of Art: May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden , 1/1/1978 - 00/00/00

Art of the Open Air The San Diego Museum of Art , 2/11/2016 - 00/00/00


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