PP154 Harry Bertoia Sculpture: Monumental, Sounding & Bronzes
Harry Bertoia’s abstract metal sculptures range from three-inch metal “cookies” to forty-foot bronze panels in commercial venues. His oeuvre is remarkably broad, but samples of the most common forms of his art will be examined. His philosophy and sources of inspiration, intertwined with his work, will be explained, giving insight into the themes behind the metal. Unauthorized copies of the sounding sculptures are prevalent so we’ll show you how to distinguish the authentic tonals from the copies. Ideally, after this presentation you’ll have a good idea of what is Bertoia and what is not. The caveat is that Celia, his daughter, still occasionally sees pieces that are confirmed but new-to-her Bertoias! This is the last of three related Bertoia webinars.
Anyone involved with post-war and modern art, sculpture specialists.
Continuing Education (CE) Information
This webinar will award 1.2 CE hours.
If you are a designated member of the American Society of Appraisers, CE credit will automatically be entered into your record ONLY if you participate in the live webinar. Please allow approximately 2 weeks post-webinar for ASA to notify participants via email regarding a certificate of completion.
Brief Background of Harry Bertoia
- Cranbrook Academy of Art
Monumental Commissioned Artwork
- General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Michigan
- Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C.
- St John’s Church, Cincinatti, Ohio
- Seattle 1st National Bank (recently divided into individual parts), Seattle, Washington
- Philadelphia Civic Center (now at Woodmere Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 50+ commissioned architectural sculptures
Bushes and Dandelions
- Sunbursts developed into dandelions
- Florence Knoll-Bassett dandelion
- Bushes inspired by nature
- Spill casts
- Smaller pieces, melt press, wire, bronze forms
- Originated from a wire experiment
- Gongs and singing bars
- Sonambient Barn Collection
Knock-offs vs. Authentic
Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Inform others about the history and work of Bertoia
- Demonstrate techniques and materials unique to Bertoia
- Identify Bertoia sculpture compared to unauthorized copies
- Define Sonambient and sounding sculpture terms
Celia Bertoia, youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, grew up in Pennsylvania, spent decades in Boulder, Colorado in the real estate market, then owned a race timing company in Bozeman, Montana. Celia is currently the founder and director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), anchored in St George, Utah. She authored the Life and Work of Harry Bertoia: the Man, the Artist, the Visionary (Schiffer, 2015). She is also an accredited appraiser with ASA, specializing in post war art. Her passion is to further the legacy of Harry Bertoia.