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Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle Foyer Console Table


Description/

One of the most celebrated designers of the past six decades, Wendell Castle influenced several generations of craftsmen and women, and advanced the concept of ‘art furniture” beyond the studio craft movement of the 1950s and 60s. Inspired by the studio artisans, like George Nakashima and Wharton Esherick, Castle’s first designs were sculptural objects with varying degrees of functionality, created by hand-carving stack laminated wood.

In the early 1980s, Castle began adding a contemporary spin to historic styles such as Biedermeier, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau. This new vision incorporated carved and polychromed wood with unusual and vibrant veneers, complex shapes, and limitless imagination. As Castle’s reputation grew he brought studio furniture out of the niche craft circles and into an expanded national audience, with galleries, museums and press recognizing design as a legitimate form of fine art.

Today his work can be found in the permanent collections of over 40 museums and cultural institutions, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art (New York); Art Institute of Chicago; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal; Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (New York); The Museum of Art and Design (New York); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nordenfieldske Kunstindustrimiseet (Oslo, Norway); Philadelphia Museum of Art; and The White House (Washington, DC), to name only a few. Little to no wear, very good condition. Carved signature and date.

 

and crackle-lacquered wood.


Wendell Castle

designer

Wendell Castle (1932 – 2018) was an American furniture artist and a leading figure in the American Studio Craft Movement. He was born in Emporia, Kansas. In 1958, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design, and in 1961, he received a Master of Fine Arts, both from the University of Kansas. From 1962-1969, he taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, in Rochester, NY, and was an Artist in Residence. In 1980, he opened the Wendell Castle School in Scottsville, NY. Castle is famous for his use of stack-lamination, a woodworking technique he pioneered in the 1960s, which was based on a 19th-century sculptural technique used for making duck decoys. Stack-lamination allowed Castle to create large blocks of wood out a series of planks, which were then carved and molded into the biomorphic shapes for which he is best known. He has garnered a number of awards, including a 1994 'Visionaries of the American Craft Movement' award sponsored by the American Craft Museum, a 1997 Gold Medal from the American Craft Council and a 1998 Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. He has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 2001 he received the Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society. His work is in numerous museums throughout the world.

  • Material/

    Wood

  • Dimension/

    95.3 x 41.9 x 97.8 cm (37.5 x 16.5 x 38.5 in)

  • Style/

    Contemporary

  • Heritage/

    USA

  • Ships from/

    New York


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