Friday, January 01, 2010

enter the year of the golden sun or spore...


here to say happy new year is a 1961 gold ink drawing by harry bertoia, one of my heroes, who has been mentioned here several times. bertoia worked with the eames in cranbrook (and back here in LA), designed furniture, made incredibly underrated abstract monotypes, worked with sound sculpture, self-released a series LP records of his sound sculpture, created large scale sculpture for public spaces, etc.

over the years i have been lucky enough to buy a few cheaply priced monotypes (some of which i will try to post in the near future); but because the monotype was harry's preferred mode of drawing, actual traditional pen or pencil on paper drawings are rarely seen.

the drawing pictured above was created to accompany a letter describing a sculpture that harry was offering for sale to a collector. it shows a sculpture described in the letter as 7 feet tall with a four foot diameter orb on top and the entire structure resting on a marble base. the selling price in 1961, direct from the artist, was $1200... i suppose the price now would be at least ten times that.

in light of how much bertoia's works were inspired by nature, it seems fitting to post this spore or sun (or blue moon perhaps) as it sprouts up from the ground as a symbol of the new year risen...

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Blogger ArtSparker said...

The Lark Ascending.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Leora Lutz said...

this image reminds me of a dandelion...which is also a nice image for the new year ... *wish*

6:26 PM  
Blogger Greg Allen said...

great drawing. Here's a very dense standing Sunburst Sculpture at Minoru Yamasaki's ING Building in MPLS. [originally the Northwestern National Life Bldg]

1:34 PM  

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