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1972 Melvin Lindquist Born: Kingsburg, California 1911 Died: Quincy, Florida 2000 maple 7 x 5 1/2 in. diam. (17.8 x 14.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Judith and Jonathan Knight 2003.67.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B

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Melvin Lindquist was ridiculed by other woodworkers when he first turned bowls with natural edges, splits, and defects, but his willingness to push boundaries helped redefine his craft and ideas of beauty. He often let wood dry up to fifteen years before working with it, which allowed the decaying wood to stabilize. The fine black lines in Untitled are a result of bacteria or fungi in the wood called spalting. Lindquist often used classical forms in his pieces, as in Untitled, highlighting the overall beauty of the wood—imperfections included.


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