To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, clarify, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.

Paul Rand

Works from the Corwin Collection

This work is from the collection of Dr. Henry and Betty Corwin. Dr. Corwin, renowned by profession, had a great appreciation for the arts and aesthetics. An avid sculptor himself, Dr. Corwin created works in bronze, wood and brass. He was greatly inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti, whom he visited and whose art he collected. In 1955, he and his wife hired Richard Neurta to design their Connecticut home which they filled with the art they loved. This work has remained in the family collection until now.  

Paul Rand 1914–1996

Paul Rand was born Peretz Rosenbaum in Brooklyn in 1914 to Orthodox Jewish immigrants. His father owned a small grocery store, for which Rand often painted signage and advertisements. As a young man, Rand studied at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute but never finished a degree. He found the courses unstimulating, as many of the era’s arts programs were stuck in very classical methodologies. Independently, Rand studied early 20th century European modernism, which influenced much of his early designs. He drew influence from the Bauhaus, Constructivist, Cubist and de Stijl movements, as well as the art of Paul Klee, Alexander Calder and Joan Miró.

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