Decorative Arts and Design
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Wendell Castle, one of America’s most important contemporary furniture makers, has had several distinct stylistic phases in his career. At first he employed both exotic and native American woods to produce furniture characterized by biomorphic forms and attenuated surrealism. By the 1960s, he had begun experimenting with plastic and fiberglass to create seamless organic designs. In the 1980s, he became fascinated with Post-Modernism and produced highly architectural, polychromatic designs. In 2007 he received the Brooklyn Museum/Modernism Lifetime Achievement Award. The Nirvana chair was a gift of the artist in acknowledgment of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to his work.
62 3/8 x 33 5/8 x 33 3/4 in. (158.4 x 85.4 x 85.7 cm) (show scale)
Impressed and colored red/pink in script under front of seat: "Castle/ 07/m"
Gift of the artist
Fiberglass blue/purple, asymmetrical, biomorphic, molded, continuous contour fiberglass chair. Large deep wide seat with backwards curving back and crest that flares out and back. Proper right front: flattened rounded arch shaped armrest beneath which is a truncated, torpedo shape leg. Proper left front: thick torpedo shaped canted leg protrudes through extreme proper left of chair. Center back: truncated, slightly canted torpedo shaped leg.
Condition: protoype, unused.
Wendell Castle (American, 1932-2018). "Nirvana" Armchair, 2007. Fiberglass, 62 3/8 x 33 5/8 x 33 3/4 in. (158.4 x 85.4 x 85.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2008.78. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008.78_PS2.jpg)
Edition: 1/4 artist's proofs, edition of 8
overall, 2008.78_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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