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Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life

Edited by Jed Morse
Edited by Marin R. Sullivan

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Publishing 11th Oct 2021
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    • Offers a fresh view of the work of Harry Bertoia, a major figure of mid 20th-century American art and design, based on recent research by a new generation of expert scholars who examine the full scope of his broad, interdisciplinary practice
    • Reconsiders the impact of Bertoia's innovations in design, sculpture, and architecture at mid-century and now
    • Published in conjunction with the first U.S. museum retrospective of the entire career of this quintessential mid-century American artist at Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas
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    Italian-born American artist Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) was one of the most prolific, innovative artists of the post-war period. Trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he met future colleagues and collaborators Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, and Eero Saarinen, he went on to make one-of-a kind jewellery, design iconic chairs, create thousands of unique sculptures including large-scale commissions for significant buildings, and advance the use of sound as sculptural material. His work speaks to the confluence of numerous fields of endeavour, but is united throughout by a sculptural approach to making and an experimental embrace of metal.

    Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life accompanies the first U.S. museum retrospective of the artist's career to examine the full scope of his broad, interdisciplinary practice, and feature important examples of his furniture, jewellery, monotypes, and diverse sculptural output. Lavishly illustrated, the book offers new scholarly essays as well as a catalogue of the artists numerous large-scale commissions. It questions how and why we distinguish between a chair, a necklace, a screen, and a freestanding sculpture and what Bertoia's sculptural things, when taken together, say about the fluidity of visual language across culture, both at mid-century and now.

    About the Author

    Jed Morse is an art historian and Chief Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

    Marin R. Sullivan is an independent curator and art historian based in Chicago. She is the Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné.

    Specifications
    Publisher
    Scheidegger & Spiess
    ISBN
    9783858818621
    Publish date
    11th Oct 2021
    Binding
    Hardback
    Size
    300 mm x 240 mm
    Pages
    240 Pages
    Illustrations
    180 color
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