Wendell Castle Exhibit at Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman Ltd. will present a solo exhibition of unique work by the celebrated American designer Wendell Castle, on view May 6 through June 26, 2010. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on May 6 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Barry Friedman Ltd., 515 West 26th Street, NYC. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Robert C. Morgan and an interview with the artist, will accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition will feature a group of 12 unique, stack-laminated wood chairs. All were created since the critical success of Castle’s 2008 exhibition at Barry Friedman, Ltd. With decades of experience as his backdrop, Castle’s new work is imbued with an animated optimism. While the organic, curvilinear forms of this new collection link it to many of his past masterworks, there is a confidence and quickness of gesture that suggest a new dimensionality. For example, Ghost Rider, a large attenuated rocking chair, illustrates Castle’s ability to intertwine complex technique with bold and graceful lyricism; with the pod-like seat suspended quietly between swooping legs, it is a calm in a storm of motion. The exhibition will also present Castle’s first series in polished concrete. These limited editions include Castle’s first Concrete Chair which has a fluidity of line that belies its material while re-enforcing that his dedication to design never compromises the inherent function of the piece.
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