forged steel and brass
33 w × 25 d × 49½ h in (84 × 63 × 126 cm)
Impressed signature and date to base: [Paley 1977].
provenance: Dr. Louis E. Conhaim, New York | Private collection
exhibited: The Metalwork of Albert Paley, April 13 - June 1, 1980, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, illustrated in catalog
literature: The Art of Albert Paley: Iron, Bronze and Steel, Lucie-Smith, pg.193
Albert Paley b. 1944
Albert Paley’s most famous commission, the portal gates of the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution at Washington D.C., was completed in 1974 just five years after he made his first piece of ironwork. Trained at Tyler School of Art as a jeweler, Paley acquired a command for working with metals exploring the inherent and natural qualities of his materials and pushing them to their full potential.
Paley’s jewelry of the 1960s and 1970s were exceptional statements of bodily ornamentation or wearable works of art that forged the way for the functional and decorative objects he would later make. Crossing the boundaries between art and craft, Paley has established himself as one of the greatest metal artists in the country. Throughout his career, he has completed several important private and public site-specific commissions; his works have been widely published and can be found in multiple major museum collections around the world.
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