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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B
Luce Center Label
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.
Crafts - Wood
About Melvin Lindquist
Born: Kingsburg, California 1911 Died: Quincy, Florida 2000
More works in the collection by
Blogs, Podcasts, and More
- Eye Level: New Acquisitions: Donald Judd's Untitled
- Eye Level: A Graphic Master: Charles White
- Eye Level: A Closer Look at Our America: Jorge Soto Sánchez
- Eye Level: Lighting the Joseph Cornell Retrospective
- Eye Level: Through a Glass, Clearly: Art Glass @50
- Eye Level: The 2012 Edition of American Pictures
- Eye Level: Preparing for Our America: Portraying Community ...
- Eye Level: In this Case: Nam June Paik Archive
- Eye Level: Two New Additions to the Museum: Joseph Cornell
- Eye Level: In Closing: The Impact of Nam June Paik on ...