Marisol EscobarSilent through the height of her stardom in the 1960s and absent at the peak of her career, an enigmatic sculptor receives a renaissance in death.

Marisol EscobarSilent through the height of her stardom in the 1960s and absent at the peak of her career, an enigmatic sculptor receives a renaissance in death.

Issue 23

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Arts & Culture

“I got tired of being a nobody... So I began to work very hard.”

Although largely forgotten in recent decades, artist Marisol Escobar’s public persona and creative output made a serious splash in the New York art world in the 1960s.

Operating on her own terms in a male-dominated scene, the French sculptor was “known for blithely shattering boundaries,” as her obituary in The New York Times declared earlier this year. For one, Escobar maintained privacy in an age when the public thirsted for celebrity. She was described as “Garboesque” for her discretion: that is to say, on par with the famously reclusive habits of the Swedish-born actress. Escobar confounded others with her often-silent presence, but ultimately her shape-shifting ability was key to her success. “She can look like the stunning marquesa of a Fellini movie—or a beatnik kid...

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