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Floating Structure

1958-1959 Claire Falkenstein Born: Coos Bay, Oregon 1908 Died: Venice, California 1997 cut and brazed iron 30 1/4 x 50 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. (76.8 x 128.9 x 44.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Susan Morse Hilles 1977.2.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A


Luce Center Quote

“[My work] is not a designed form; rather, it is created matter.” Claire Falkenstein, Catalogue, Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1980

Luce Center Label

Claire Falkenstein learned metalwork during her first few years in Paris. She developed the technique of bending and welding iron to create small pieces of jewelry. This process inspired Falkenstein to create larger sculptures that would often be suspended from the ceiling, emphasizing the space contained within them. The rough pieces of brazed iron in Floating Structure resemble a tangle of dry leaves and broken branches.

Keywords

Abstract

sculpture

metal - iron

About Claire Falkenstein

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

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