UntitledUSA, c. 1965
23 w x 1½ d x 90 h in (58 x 4 x 229 cm)
provenance: Gift of the artist to Daniel and Mary Czubak, Elmhurst, IL
Texture and Line
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.