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Maker(s):Bertoia, Harry
Culture:American, born in Italy (1915-1978)
Title:Untitled
Date Made:1959
Type:Sculpture
Materials:bronze
Measurements:5 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2
Accession Number:  AC 2007.15
Credit Line:Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937)
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Until the mid-20th century, casting was the main form of metalworking practiced by sculptors; then, Harry Bertoia, designer of the Bertoia chair, began to apply industrial processes such as welding, brazing, burnishing, riveting and other techniques to his artistic work. In the Mead’s work, the artist experimented by placing cast pieces of bronze, possibly left over from other works, on a plate and transforming them through welding and brazing. The arrangement of the four discrete forms demonstrates the artist’s sensitivity to form-space relationships, since they all are in a dialogue with each other as well as with the viewer; their imaginative shapes, though not figurative, evoke various associations. The artist described “creative endeavor without possession, action without self-assertion, [and] development without domination” as “intrinsic virtues.” He therefore did not title or sign most of his works, in an effort not to predetermine their meanings. BJ

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