Wendell Castle, ‘"Molar Group" settee and lounge chair’, 1969, R & Company

About Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle is known as the father of art furniture. The artist and designer was a pioneer of a new type of handcrafted and sculptural form, one that blurred the line between art and craft when it emerged in the 1960s. Working in wood, including the technique he developed using stacked laminated wood, or in hand-carved Fiberglass, he creates bold and graceful expressions of pure form, voluminous shapes that reference the body. Along with his work as a sculptor, Castle was an educator, beginning at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the early ‘60s. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Design from the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

American, b. 1932, Emporia, Kansas, based in Scottsville, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Wendell Castle: Embracing Upheaval, Friedman Benda, New York
2017
Woven Forms, R & Company, Venice
2017
dna10 - 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Friedman Benda, New York
2016
Blue Heaven by Tony Ingrao, R & Company, New York
2015
"Difficult" curated by Jim Walrod, R & Company, New York