Harry Bertoia, ‘Sounding Sculpture’, Christie's

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)

Sounding Sculpture

beryllium copper and brass

14 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. (37.4 x 20.6 x 6.3 cm.)

Executed circa 1970s.

Signature: Sounding Sculpture

Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia’s oeuvre encompasses sound sculptures, furniture, and jewelry design. A successful designer at the mid-century furniture company Knoll, Bertoia famously designed their “Diamond chair”, a delicate and airy steel-framed chair introduced in 1952 and still sold today. He would later devote his artistic energy towards innovative sculpture, finding ways to bend and stretch metal so that when crossed with wind or touch, it would create different sounds. Many of Bertoia's “tonal sculptures” were commissioned for established institutions and as public art displays. He has also performed concerts with these pieces, even recording a series of albums known as “Sonambient” music. From a young age Bertoia was friends with other prominent designers such as Walter Gropius and Ray and Charles Eames, and he regularly designed jewelry for his friends.

Italian-American, 1915-1978, San Lorenzo, Italy

Solo Shows

New York,
Bertoia: The Sonambients

Group Shows

Abstract Expressionism Meets Modern Design
AbExArt 3D

Fair History on Artsy

Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2017
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2017
View Artist's CV