American Design 15 September 2016

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Angelo Testa


USA, c. 1965
woven wool
23 w x 1½ d x 90 h in (58 x 4 x 229 cm)

result: $5,625

estimate: $3,000–5,000

provenance: Gift of the artist to Daniel and Mary Czubak, Elmhurst, IL

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Texture and Line

The Dynamic Designs of Angelo Testa

Angelo Testa began experimenting with line, form and texture at Chicago’s Institute of Design in the 1940s.  A student of László Moholy Nagy, Testa elaborated on the functionalist ideology of the Bauhaus, developing a design theory which thoughtfully embraced decoration while maintaining the integrity of his chosen medium. A painter and sculptor as well as a designer, Testa approached textile design the same way he would a canvas, incorporating aspects of abstract art to create dynamic, non-objective compositions. In 1947, he founded Angelo Testa & Co. and established himself as a leading independent design manufacturer often collaborating with larger firms including Knoll Associates, Herman Miller and F. Schumacher & Company to name a few. Today, Testa remains one of the most important American textile designers of the 20th Century.