Harry Bertoia: Sculptor

Nelson, June Kompass

Published by Wayne State University Press
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Harry Bertoia, Sculptor is a long-overdue first book devoted to the life and work of a contemporary Italian-born American artist whose important commissions are located in twenty-five American cities from New York to Seattle and from Minneapolis to Miami. It traces the development of Bertoia's versatile career from his youth in Detroit, beginning with drawings, paintings, and monoprints, then jewelry and furniture designs, to his present-day abstract sculptures in metals, many of architectural proportions.

The book includes a biography of the man and detailed descriptions of his methods of working. Many major sculptures and some minor ones are described in detail. They are critically analyzed for their aesthetic components and with regard to the ideas they were intended to express. A large number of photographs supplements the descriptions and analyses. Two appendices give chronologies of the artist's life and of his architectural commissions, the latter being virtually a catalog of Bertoia's major works.

Based on several extensive interviews with the artist, as well as on research into his earlier writings, the book includes a presentation of Bertoia's thoughts on aesthetics and on various phases of the art processes he uses. His work is categorized into four major groups representing the four major aesthetic explorations that have interested him most of his life.

Reactions to Bertoia's sculptures by his clients, art critics, and the public are presented. Pains were taken to include a sampling of both laudatory and adverse critical reviews, culled from the art press over a twenty-five year period. The author's own critical analyses of individual pieces are based on direct observations made during trips to the various cities in which Bertoia's sculptures are located.

Book Description: The first book devoted to the life and work of a contemporary Italian-born American artist Harry Bertoia.

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Title: Harry Bertoia: Sculptor
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
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Book Description Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1970. Sq. 4to. 138 pp. 85 black and white illustrations. Bibliography, chronology. This is an ex-library copy which is better than most such ex-library copies. The caveats are: A library stamp on top and bottom edges, old tape marks on front and back cover, a blank piece of paper on a portion of front free end paper. The dj. is almost perfect except for a darkened small square at foot of spine where a peel off library label used to be. Internally fine. Cloth with an unclipped price dj. Bookseller Inventory # 1005219

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Book Description Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI, 1970. First edition. Hardcover. 137 pages. The first monograph on this important Italian born sculptor. Includes text by Nelson along with numerous black and white illustrations. An association copy with Bertoia's publicist's rubber stamp name and address to the front pastedown. A clean close to near fine copy but for some paperclip impressions to the top of a number of pages in a close to near fine dust jacket with a price sticker shadow to the front flap. Signed and inscribed warmly by Bertoia on the front free endpaper to his agents. A terrific association of a book that is almost never found signed. Bookseller Inventory # 129108

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