Artist/Designer: Albert Paley
b. 1944, Philadelphia
Title: Sideboard 2009
Medium: Forged and fabricated steel, brass, marble top
Dimensions: 42.5"h x 78.5" x 28.5" Marble dimensions 68" x 19.5"
Details: Stamped Albert Paley 2011 at top end of frame. Excellent condition. New in crate.
Notes from the Archive: Paley has designed sideboards over the years, as he enjoys the symbolic aspect and how this design integrates with the ceremony of living. Here, you can imagine anything placed on the marble top will be transformed to an even higher level of existence, enhancing your every day interactions and rituals. In this piece, fabricated pieces laser cut from sheet steel are then shaped and formed into organic shapes which intertwine with forged elements. Watching the forging process at Paley's studio is a life-changing experience, but an apt description of the forging process is detailed in Baroque Modernism: New Work by Albert Paley (Peter Joseph Gallery exhibition catalogue from 1992), "He forges at yellow heat using industrial power hammers to flatten and lengthen the metal rod like clay, what was a rod, becomes a spear. The spear leaks out tendrils, pods form, carbon comes off in shattered sequins, and Albert himself assumes the persona of a worker in a woodcut illustration. As the steel cools an other-worldly life form comes into existence." In this Sideboard both the forged and fabricated elements eloquently co-exist elevating the brass trimmed marble top, to establish a new modern presentation for a historical decorative arts form.
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