Harris Diamant

Harris Diamant

Harris Diamant was born in New York City in 1937.  He received a BA in Comparative Literature from City College of New York and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the New York State Board of Regents in 1960.  After a year of post-graduate work in communications at Yeshiva University, he taught junior High School in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn for six years.

During this time he began collecting and trading antiques and in 1966 he opened his own gallery on East 53rd Street in Manhattan.  By 1970, he was known as an authority on live steam models, American toys and scientific instruments.  He also dealt extensively in American folk art.  Knowledge and respect for the materials used in the construction of a wide array of objects – particularly metals and various finishes – inspired him to begin metalworking and sculpting.  By 1980, when his gallery was half studio, he decided to close the gallery and devote himself fully to carving and the construction of metal-based sculptures.

In 1987 he mounted his first one-man show at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York City.  This was followed by another one-man show at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery, also in New York City.  In 1992 he was awarded first prize in the Art of the Dealer Show at Alexander Gallery in New York City.  In 1994 and again in 1995 he showed in group shows at the Luise Ross Gallery in New York City.  Another one-man show mounted in September 1998 at the Giampietro Gallery in New York City, featured a new series of heads called Janus Heads.  The heads incorporated many materials; brass, gold, steel, enamel, wood glass, Bakelite, leather… and many techniques which he taught himself; wood carving, silver soldering, brazing, welding, lathe-turning, gold-leafing

A show of Diamant’s work followed at New York University’s “Windows on Washington Square” in 2000.  These works comprised Diamant’s later series of sculptures, examples of which were published in the June 1999 and January 2002 issues of Harpers magazine.  The heads wee also shown in a series of eight ABC-TV nightline specials hosted by Robert Krulwich, entitled “Brave New World”, which aired in August and September 1999.  A studio show, under the auspices of Ricco/Maresca Gallery occurred in 2002.  He is currently focused on a new series of sculptures.

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