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Wendell Castle

(b. 1932)


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(1932– )

Well known for his art furniture this American established a reputation for high levels of craftsmanship and understanding of materials as well as drawing on a range of European artists and styles for inspiration. His early work, such as the critically acclaimed wooden Scribe's Stool of 1959–62, was strongly sculptural in feel, recalling the flowing forms of Art Nouveau, sculpture by Giacometti, and furniture by Finn Juhl as well as showing the legacy of the American sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick (1887–1970). This also reflected his training in sculpture in metal and wood at the University of Kansas. In the 1960s he worked in other materials, including fibreglass, drawing on Pop and contemporary Italian design, going on, in the later 1970s and 1980s to explore the possibilities of Surealism and trompe l'œil and draw upon the eclectic possibilities of Postmodernism.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Industrial and Commercial Art.


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