Frank Gehry, ‘Fish and Wings’, Heritage Auctions
Frank Gehry, ‘Fish and Wings’, Heritage Auctions
Frank Gehry, ‘Fish and Wings’, Heritage Auctions
Frank Gehry, ‘Fish and Wings’, Heritage Auctions
Frank Gehry, ‘Fish and Wings’, Heritage Auctions
Frank Gehry, ‘Fish and Wings’, Heritage Auctions

This work is unique.

Dating back to trips to the fish market in Toronto with his grandmother, Frank Gehry has always been interested in fish. He has called it "the perfect form." The undulating shape has informed much of his art and architecture including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain; the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago (2004); and the Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel in Elciego, Spain (2006); as well as the Fish Sculpture at Vila Olímpica in Barcelona (1989-92) and Standing Glass Fish for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (1986). The motif has also appeared in smaller-scale projects such as chairs and tables out of corrugated cardboard, a bentwood Knoll furniture series, and plastic laminate lamps. The present example, Fish and Wings is a unique work in sterling silver that Gehry designed for Tiffany & Co as part of larger collaboration of jewelry and decorative arts. The 2006 collection was comprised of six series named after recurring motifs in Gehry's work: Fish, Torque, Axis, Fold, Equus and Orchid.

Signature: Signed

Private collection, Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Frank Gehry

One of the most important architects of the 20th and 21st centuries, Frank Gehry is considered a pioneer of Deconstructivism, a movement that exploded the tenets of Modernist architecture, replacing its geometry and rational order with fragmented forms and fluid, non-rectilinear shapes. During his early career, Gehry worked in the International Style established by the Bauhaus and the pioneering French architect Le Corbusier, but was increasingly drawn to the avant-garde communities emerging in California in the 1960s and ’70s. “I think the blurring of the lines between art and architecture has got to happen,” he once said. He began to build furniture from industrial corrugated cardboard and used rough industrial materials such as chain link fencing and aluminium to create more expressive elements in his architectural work. An increasing playfulness of style lead to the design for Gehry’s most iconic building, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (1997), whose sweeping curves of titanium are echoed in Gehry’s downtown L.A. building, the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003).

Canadian-American, b. 1929, Toronto, Canada, based in Los Angeles, California