Practice of Patronage

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April 17, 2013
Last night in New York, the Museum of Arts & Design hosted a panel on the Practice of Patronage as part of an ongoing exhibition, After the Museum: The Home Front 2013. Dan Rubenstein, co-curator of After the Museum and Editor of Surface magazine, moderated the presentation and discussion between artist David Wiseman and Zesty Meyers of R 20th Century. The trio discussed Wiseman’s reprisal of the once common practice for artists and its role in his creative process. Read Full Article
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  Upon the revelation that a clients’ last names meant Wisteria in Japanese and Linden tree in German, Wiseman set to work creating an intertwined combination of the two plants stretching across four floors of the family’s home. An owl was later added to signify the couple’s son. Installation in a New York residence; Wisteria and Linden motif. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

    Upon the revelation that a clients’ last names meant Wisteria in Japanese and Linden tree in German, Wiseman set to work creating an intertwined combination of the two plants stretching across four floors of the family’s home. An owl was later added to signify the couple’s son. Installation in a New York residence; Wisteria and Linden motif. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

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  Wiseman created a Gingko installation in this New York residence taking care not to obstruct the client’s panoramic views of the city. Structural details within the sculpture help to visually expand the space. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

    Wiseman created a Gingko installation in this New York residence taking care not to obstruct the client’s panoramic views of the city. Structural details within the sculpture help to visually expand the space. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

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  The Platanus bibliotechalis installation at the West Hollywood Library took cues from Sycamore trees in a nearby park. Faced with a short deadline for the commission, Wiseman chose to integrate the challenge into his design rather than let it live as a concession in the process. Photo by: Mark Hanauer.

    The Platanus bibliotechalis installation at the West Hollywood Library took cues from Sycamore trees in a nearby park. Faced with a short deadline for the commission, Wiseman chose to integrate the challenge into his design rather than let it live as a concession in the process. Photo by: Mark Hanauer.

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  Shortly after creating the “Glacier” pendant lamps, Wiseman began working with Meyers and R 20th Century. Of the relationship, Meyers says, “our dreams are his dreams.” Selection of "Glacier" pendant chandeliers in faceted, hand-cut Czech crystal with vintage brass hardware. Designed by David Wiseman, USA, 2012. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century

    Shortly after creating the “Glacier” pendant lamps, Wiseman began working with Meyers and R 20th Century. Of the relationship, Meyers says, “our dreams are his dreams.” Selection of "Glacier" pendant chandeliers in faceted, hand-cut Czech crystal with vintage brass hardware. Designed by David Wiseman, USA, 2012. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century

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  Wiseman employs a myriad of secret engineering devices when creating his chandeliers. The branches are cast hollow to hide wiring. Unique large wall mounted branch illuminated sculpture in bronze with white porcelain blossoms. Designed and made by David Wiseman, USA, 2012. 60" L x 72" W x 60" H. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

    Wiseman employs a myriad of secret engineering devices when creating his chandeliers. The branches are cast hollow to hide wiring. Unique large wall mounted branch illuminated sculpture in bronze with white porcelain blossoms. Designed and made by David Wiseman, USA, 2012. 60" L x 72" W x 60" H. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

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  He likens his body of work as a visual language of words and appropriates elements from past pieces to create his collage chandeliers. Unique Collage illuminated sculpture with bronze, porcelain, crystal and steel components. Designed and made by David Wiseman, USA, 2012. 72" L x 60" W x 50" H. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

    He likens his body of work as a visual language of words and appropriates elements from past pieces to create his collage chandeliers. Unique Collage illuminated sculpture with bronze, porcelain, crystal and steel components. Designed and made by David Wiseman, USA, 2012. 72" L x 60" W x 50" H. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

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  Wiseman’s exhibition at R 20th Century, 2012, displayed a versatile collection of his work ranging from furniture to installation sculpture. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

    Wiseman’s exhibition at R 20th Century, 2012, displayed a versatile collection of his work ranging from furniture to installation sculpture. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

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  A detail of the dining table tableau at David Wiseman’s exhibition at R 20th Century, 2012. The matchsticks held in the white porcelain pomegranate at left cleverly signify the fruit’s seeds. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

    A detail of the dining table tableau at David Wiseman’s exhibition at R 20th Century, 2012. The matchsticks held in the white porcelain pomegranate at left cleverly signify the fruit’s seeds. Photo by: Sherry Griffin/R 20th Century.

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