Harry Bertoia, ‘Untitled (Multi-Plane Wall Sculpture)’, circa 1965, Sotheby's

Design Masterworks from an Important American Collection

From the Catalogue
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Alglen, Pennsylvania, 2003, p. 80 (for a related panel sculpture)

Private Collection, New York, acquired directly from the artist
Sotheby's New York, June 13, 2012, lot 124
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