Get a chance to touch a few original Bertoia sculptures. Hear about what an amazing man this mid century modernist really was. You'll get the inside scoop on the Eames - Bertoia connection. Celia has all kinds of wonderful stories that only a daughter could tell. There will be plenty of time for questions and chatting. Plus just to walk around a Design Within Reach showroom is a tour through modernism history. The Santa Monica DWR is just off the Promenade. The San Francisco DWR just opened this year and is spectacular. Join us.
Celia Bertoia, Harry's youngest daughter, will give a presentation on his life and work at Santa Monica's Design Within Reach, a modern furniture showroom. 332 Santa Monica Blvd, just off the 3rd St Promenade, on Thursday April 10, 7 - 9:00 PM. She will bring a few small original Bertoias, talk about the chairs and sculpture, and give you a taste of who this magnificent artist was as a man.
Another April presentation on Bertoia may happen at the Design Within Reach in San Francisco at their beautiful new showroom. It is not yet confirmed, but when it is, we'll let you know.
If you would like to schedule a talk in your town, write or call at the HarryBertoia.org contact page.
Two notices about original Harry Bertoia art for sale:
Wright auction has opened a new branch in New York City (the home office is in Chicago) and their first featured artist is 15 Years of Harry Bertoia. The bush selection is fantastic, plus a gorgeous dandelion and a wide variety of other pieces that is astounding. Open for public viewing until February 15th, see: http://www.wright20.com/exhibitions/preview/2014/1/bertoia/
A presentation with photos and lecture by daughter Celia Bertoia is slotted for 5:00 pm Saturday, April 20, at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art - see http://www.moca-tucson.org/event/harry-bertoia-talk/
Celia has recently become a part time resident of Tucson and is looking forward to getting to know the art community in Arizona. Hope to see you there!
Here is a link to an excellent video on how to discern the orginal chairs from the fakes. The main points to note are the tapered top wires with supporting rod behind (not on top) AND the "Knoll" inscription on the horizontal support wire near the bottom. Why should you choose an expensive original instead of a cheap reproduction?
- Because you are supporting the artist (not monetarily, as Bertoia received a lump sum and was done, but artistically and philosophically)
- You receive a quality product in the style intended by the designer
- You take ownership of furniture that is art, and retains value
- Anyone sitting in the chair gets a little piece of the designer's energy and creativity