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1992 Bud Latven Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1949 maple and African blackwood 13 5/8 x 3 5/8 in. diam. (34.7 x 9.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) © 1992, Bud Latven 2003.60.32 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"It's important to explore, but it's also important to explore at such a pace that you can bring people along with you." Latven, quoted in "An Evolutionary Path from Function to Pure Art," Woodshop News, April 1998

Luce Center Label

To create Integration, Bud Latven cut small pieces of American maple and blackwood and joined them together in the rough shape of a vase. He then turned the segmented form on the lathe to create a surface so smooth that the vessel appears made from one piece of wood. In this way, Latven transformed the natural materials into a highly polished art object that emphasizes the rich colors of the woods. The blocks of maple stand out from the dark, rich blackwood like the remnants of an ancient building against a night sky, suggesting a landscape that takes us even further away from the original form of the wood.


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