by Tim Byrne
Recently I visited, The Aldrich Contemporary
Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT to view their current exhibition, "Wendell Castle, Wandering Forms - Works from 1959-1979
." Per The Aldrich, "The pieces in this exhibition were chosen for their significance within Castle's oeuvre, but also for the narrative they tell about his work and its relationship to the current environment for art and design. Almost all of them were hailed as revolutionary in changing the way we look at furniture and had an undeniable, though rarely explicitly recognized, influence on generations of artists and designers around the world. Together, these works tell the story of how Castle nimbly combined art, craft, and design, presenting a definitive study of his strong artistic vision.
Celebrated American designer/craftsman Wendell Castle (b. 1932) has been creating unique pieces of handmade sculpture and furniture for over five decades. Castle, who has consistently challenged the traditional boundaries of functional design since the outset of his career, was instrumental in helping to shape the American studio furniture movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He remains one of the most important American furniture makers working today."
I had the pleasure to meet Wendell not to long ago when he stopped in to see my latest designs at the ICFF
Show in New York City. I always loved his work and found it to be fascinating.