Artist/Designer: Wendell Castle
b. 1932 Emporia, Kansas
Title: Screen 1993
Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, poplar, and acrylic paint
Dimensions: 62"h x 60" x 1.5"
Manufacturer: Wendell Castle
Details: The screen is ingeniously hinged using threaded pins and metal balls, which facilitate easy assembly and leveling. The screen is signed Castle 1993 at the bottom in the center of the fourth panel. The back of the screen is stained black. In very good condition, with only a few scuffs on the back. One of the only screens ever made by Castle.
Notes from the Archive: Wendell Castle is rightfully known as the father of the Art Furniture Movement. Since the early 1960's, Wendell Castle has challenged traditional divisions between craft, furniture and fine art, combining technical virtuosity with an ever-changing vocabulary of form, color and content. In this screen, Castle echoes in two dimensions a series of furnishings in which he carved huge, organic pods as legs and table bases. Here, a room divider or screen serves as a colorful abstract painting of the pods, creating a wry "furniture-as-portrait-of-furniture" motif.
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