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Music Stand

1975 Wendell Castle Born: Emporia, Kansas 1932 walnut 42 1/8 x 26 3/8 x 19 1/4 in. (107.0 x 67.0 x 49.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.168 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56B

Luce Center Label

Music Stand is one of Wendell Castle’s biomorphic pieces of the 1970s that achieved, in his words, “a sense of delicate balance . . . that [seems] to defy gravity.” The graceful, tapered legs reflect Castle’s belief that the base of a piece is as important as what it supports. Music Stand is an example of the artist’s efforts to create furniture that is “equal to sculpture” and “accepted on the same level as other art forms.”


decorative arts - furniture

Crafts - Wood

wood - walnut