Claire Falkenstein, ‘Copper wire cuff with silver solder’, ca. 1950s, Didier Ltd.

About Claire Falkenstein

American sculptor Claire Falkenstein is best known for her fusions of tangled copper and melted glass. She worked with a variety of material, including traditional wood and stone, as well as experimenting with plastic, steel, glass, and aluminum. Likewise, she produced a wide range of forms, including furniture, fountains, wallpaper, jewelry, and large public works. From 1950 through the early ‘60s she lived in Europe, where she met Jean Arp and Alberto Giacometti. There she created her most famous commission, the doors for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, a twisted web of metal and colored glass. In post-war Paris she worked with simple materials that could be found at the hardware store, especially wire, which she used to “draw” sculptural forms. “Everything is drawing,” she said. “Sculpture is drawing.”

American, 1908-1997, Coos Bay, Oregon, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows on Artsy

Women! Women! (Of the 50's), Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
"Un Art Autre" : l'Aventure de Michel Tapié., Galerie F. Hessler, Luxembourg