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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Wood: Music Stand
Music Stand

Music Stand
Wendell Castle
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

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.”

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