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Baseball Bat

1941 Claire Falkenstein Born: Coos Bay, Oregon 1908 Died: Venice, California 1997 polychromed ash 37 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. (95.6 x 14.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Claire Falkenstein McCarthy Trust 1998.24.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B


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Claire Falkenstein experimented with a wide variety of materials including reinforced concrete, copper tubing, wire, glass, and steel. In the early 1940s she made wooden sculptures that fragmented simple forms into pieces that could be taken apart and reassembled. Baseball Bat divides the narrow shape of a bat into several colored sections, and Fertility is composed of three painted axe handles. Both pieces disguise the original function of the objects and display Falkenstein’s interest in color and abstract form.

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Object - toy - sports equipment

sculpture

wood - ash

About Claire Falkenstein

Born: Coos Bay, Oregon 1908 Died: Venice, California 1997

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