Harry Bertoia, ‘Suspended gong’, ca. 1977, Phillips

Property of a New York City Collector

Harry Bertoia: An Exhibition of His Sculpture and Graphics, exh. cat., Allentown Art Museum, 1975, p. 52 for a similar example
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, 2003, pp.230-33 for similar examples

Acquired directly from the artist, circa 1977
Thence by descent to 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

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