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Art Silverman, M.D., sculptor dies at 95

ARTHUR SILVERMAN, M.D., a retired urologist and surgeon, who became an important sculptor after his retirement from medicine, passed away at Ashton Manor in Luling, LA on Monday, September 24, 2018. He was 95.


When he was affiliated with Touro Infirmary, he was referred to as Dr. Arthur Silverman. When he became a full-time sculptor during the 1980s, he was fittingly known as either “Doc” or “Art.”

Silverman was an intellectually curious man who developed fluency in Spanish so that he could talk without a translator to his many Spanish-speaking patients. Later, he became fluent in French and Italian. Silverman’s curiosity extended to math. His art explored the representation of the geometry of tetrahedral, intriguing the national math-in-art community.

The Silvermans created and lived in an art-filled home and garden in a former neighborhood tavern in uptown New Orleans. Silverman’s sculptures were rendered in aluminum, steel, bronze, stone and water; he also painted and drew tetrahedral forms. His most prominent sculpture is a 20-ton, 60-foot tall fountain on the corner of Poydras and Loyola Avenues. Other notable works were erected at New Orleans City Hall as well as on the campuses of the University of New Orleans, Tulane, Loyola and Xavier Universities. Silverman’s work has been held in many private and corporate collections both locally and across the United States. 

Dr. Silverman was predeceased in 2008 by his wife Merce Silverman, to whom he was married for 63 years. He is survived by his children, Linda Silverman Buczek, Jim Silverman (Vicki Whiting) and Jon Silverman (Lindy), and by four grandchildren.

Funeral services were private. A remembrance of his life was held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 ,from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m at the Newcomb Art Museum on the campus of Tulane University. Arrangements were by Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd.

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