Artist Name


birth1906 in New York, New YorkPicture of Block
death1978
parents
educationBeaux-Arts Institute of Design
awardsLindsay Morris Prize, National Sculpture Society (1958)
Herbert Adams Memorial Citation, National Sculpture Society (1961)
Silver medal, National Sculpture Society (1967)
Herbert Adams Memorial Medal, National Sculpture Society (1968)
Award for most notable service, National Sculpture Society (1970)

Adolph Block was born in 1906 in New York City, where he remained an active artist for the majority of his life. He attended the prestigious Beaux-Arts Institute of Design. In the 20's, his art was classified as a conservative reaction to the growing movement, Dadaism.

He studied with many big names in the sculpting world, including Edward McCartan, Alexander Stirling Carter, Hermon MacNeil , and Edward Sanford. All of these men had experience working bronze, which was Block's primary medium.

Though Block's artistic talents cannot be denied, he was also a strong component of the art education and society. Throughout the 60's and 70's, he was the primary editor of National Sculpture Review, a magazine concerned with the sculpture of the time. The magazine was a free forum for artists to display their work, and other artists to critique it. He also was known as an art instructor in New York.

Block was an active member and president of the National Sculpture Society. His work can be found today in the Northeast, mostly focused in New York and New Jersey.

There is not much information available about Adolph Block's life, artistic or personal. If you know anything about him that we have not been able to find, I would love to hear it!

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You can click on the medals to see the reverse.

  • Pilgrims and Patriots 1961
    by Adolf Block
    SOM-63.1
    Red-gold bronze with tan patina

    This medal was chosen as the 63rd issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1961. The obverse bears pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock, Mayflower at anchor in background. To keft and right, THEY FOUND / FREEDOM TO / WORSHIP GOD; below, A. BLOCK © 1961. The reverse bears revolutionary war soldiers with sword and muskets; in background, church and stockade. To left and right, ARMED IN THE / HOLY CAUSE / OF LIB-ERTY; in lower left, A. BLOCK / ©.

    The brochure which acompanied the medal had the following words from the Adolph Block:

    "Since the inception of civilization there has been evidenced in man the distinctive drive toward religious and political freedom. For this cause men and women have been willing to give up their most precious posessionsm even their lives. Part of the air we breathe, the challenge of freedom at some time touches every shore, every country, every heart."

    The medal measures 73mm in diameter. Struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York, the reported production quantity of this medal is 827 in bronze and an unknown quantity in silver.

    SOM-63.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Red-gold bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 63RD ISSUE - MAY 1961 ADOLPH BLOCK, SC.
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-63.2
    Silver
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 63RD ISSUE - MAY 1961 ADOLPH BLOCK, SC.
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Books & Articles

American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David Thomason Alexander
David T. Alexander's book can be purchased at the above link. Highly recommended for anyone interested in SOM. I am deeply indebted to him for all the information I used to document the SOM medals on this site.

Research Archives and Websites

ArtPrice
Brief facts about Block
National Sculpture Review
Copies of National Sculpture Review, edited by Block.
Encyclopedia Britannica
Block mentioned as part of the conservative reaction to Dadaism.

Museums