Mary Ann Unger was a celebrated sculptor who died from breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 53. Best known for her large scale works evoking the body, bandaging, flesh, and bone, her oeuvre also includes small bronzes, works on paper and public art commissions.
The Mary Ann Unger Estate was founded in New York City in 2008 to further the understanding and appreciation of Ms. Unger’s artwork. The Estate facilitates the ongoing placement of Ms. Unger’s work in museums and private collections and exhibits a rotating selection of Ms. Unger’s works.
Ms. Unger’s work has been called “heroic... daunting... a spiritual quest attempting to demystify the body through rituals associated with death.”
- Joan Marter, from Dark Icons, 1992
“(Her) works occupied a territory defined by Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois. But the pieces combined a sense of mythic power with a sensitivity to shape that was all their own, achieving a subtlety of expression that belied their monumental scale.”
- Roberta Smith, from the obituary in The New York Times, 1999
Many of the works represented on this site are in the possession of the Mary Ann Unger Estate. All inquiries into these works should be directed to the Mary Ann Unger Estate.