While CONTEMPORIST was in New York for ICFF, we visited the Barry Friedman Gallery, where they are currently featuring Wendell Castle’s Rockin’ exhibition.

Full description after the photos….


The designer – Wendell Castle:

Wendell Castle Rockin’ at the Barry Friedman Gallery

The exhibition ‘Rockin’, features 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.

A long record of acclaim, scholarship, and steady acquistion by public institutions gives Wendell Castle’s work indelible historic importance. His groundbreaking unification of sculpture and furniture galvanized generations of artists and designers and contributed to the acceptance of design as an art form in its own right. At every stage however, Castle has endeavored to incorporate innovations in materials and design, while deepening and, at times, re-inventing his own sculptural vocabulary. From his iconic Molar Chair (1969) to Faust (2009), Castle’s work has often reflected sociological and cultural developments in pop culture, film and music. At the ages of 77, Wendell Castle is at the height of his career and creativity. Recently, contemporary works have been aquired by major museums including: the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX); Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institutions (New York, NY): Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY); and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO).

Visit the Barry Friedman Gallery website – here.

Read more about Wendell Castle – here.