Harry Bertoia's work for the Standard Oil Building for Sale at Wright

Daniella Ohad
May 25, 2013 9:05PM

Italian-born American artist Harry Bertoia designed the Diamond Chair for Knoll in 1952, and this single design elevated him to the pantheon of modern design. Later, his sculptural installations complemented the same buildings that housed his designs. From 1953 until his death in 1978, Bertoia focused his creative energies almost exclusively on sculpture. In his monumental work for the Standard Oil Building Chicago's tallest skyscraper until the Sears Tower was completed, designed by postwar modernist Edward Durrel Stone in 1974, his mission was to craft a sensual relationship between nature, architecture, and art. Now, Bertoia's sculptures, which are integral to the story of Chicago modern architecture, are the latest offering at Wright auction house. Richard Wright told me that "Bertoia's original design perfectly echoed the quality of Edward Durrell Stone's architecture, while adding movement and sound to the exterior plaza of the building."

Daniella Ohad
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