Portal Gates

  • Albert Paley, Portal Gates, 1974, steel, brass, copper, and bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Commissioned for the Renwick Gallery, 1975.117.1A-B

Exhibition Label

Paley was a highly successful jeweler in 1974 when he entered the Renwick Gallery's national competition to design decorative doors for its shop. Little did he know how winning the competition would transform his career. His Portal Gates instantly became an icon for the museum and led to numerous commissions, propelling his practice toward monumental architectural ironwork. Paley's metalwork pays homage to European art nouveau and American abstract expressionism.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Portal Gates
Artist
Date
1974
Location
Dimensions
90 3/4 x 72 x 4 in. (230.5 x 182.9 x 10.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Commissioned for the Renwick Gallery

Mediums
Mediums Description
steel, brass, copper, and bronze
Classifications
Highlights
Object Number
1975.117.1A-B
Palette
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