Collection by Diana Budds

Bertoia's Works on Paper

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From March 24th to May 10th, "Harry Bertoia: Works on Paper and Furniture" will be on view at Kean University's Karl and Helen Burger Gallery. Italian-born and Michigan-educated Bertoia (1915-1978) left an indelible stamp in the design canon, creating some of the most treasured modern furniture pieces. Though his wire-rod Diamond Lounge chair, side chairs, and barstools are well-known, he was also a skilled printmaker who explored abstract and richly-colored geometric forms with a nod to the cubic and surreal. Kelly Murphy, an MA student and graduate assistant for the Kean University Galleries, spoke to Dwell about the exhibition, which she helped organize along with Gallery Director Neil Tetowski and fellow MA student Diana Palermo. "Our goal is to make all forms of visual art accessible to everyone," says Murphy. "While we have exhibited the artwork of designers before, this our first exhibition featuring furniture." In the slideshow that follows, Murphy introduces a few of the monotypes presented in the exhibition, providing insight into Bertoia's creative methods.

"The works on paper that are featured in the exhibition are all monotypes, which is an unusual form of printmaking as…
Though the works on paper are not considered studies for Bertoia's furniture designs, some of the patterns and forms…
"Bertoia was always moving in and out of abstraction and that's why he was able to create such innovative design," says…
"Originally we were just going to exhibit the works on paper, but decided that we'd like to include the furniture so…
"I personally was trained as printmaker and have worked with many artists to produce editions. While printmaking can…
The exhibited works on paper—on loan from the Seraphin Gallery and the Estate of Harry Bertoia—have not been widely…
Harry Bertoia: Works on Paper and Furniture will be on view at Kean University's Karl and Helen Burger Gallery from…
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