Claire Falkenstein, ‘Fused Contrasts’, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

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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

Solo Shows

New York,
Claire Falkenstein: A Selection of Works from 1955-1975

Group Shows

Abstract Expressionism Meets Modern Design
AbExArt 3D
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Reloading the Canon
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part Two: Sculpture)
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade
New York, NY, United States,
Linear Impulse