Friday, May 28, 2010

LIVE FROM NEW YORK - Barry Friedman Ltd - Wendell castle

New York – May 24 – Barry Friedman Ltd. – Wendell Castle: Rockin’.  The Wendell Castle solo exhibition, Rockin’ until June 26th at Barry Friedman Ltd in Chelsea features twelve unique stack-laminated wood chairs.   With decades of experience as his backdrop, Castle’s new work is imbued with an animated optimism.   While the organic, curvilinear forms of this new collection link it to many of his past masterworks, there is a confidence and quickness of gesture that suggest a new dimensionality.  For example, Ghost Rider, 2010, above, a large attenuated rocking chair, illustrates his ability to intertwine complex technique with bold and graceful lyricism; with the pod-like seat suspended quietly between swooping legs, it is a calm in a storm of motion.  Castle is often credited with being the father of the art furniture movement.
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