Wright presents Irving Harper: Paper Sculptures, an exhibition and auction devoted to the idiosyncratic, extraordinary and diverse series of sculptures created by renowned industrial designer Irving Harper. Working from the attic of his Rye, New York home, Harper created extensive groups of works in a dizzying array of visual motifs, drawing on a wide-ranging set of artistic influences. His primary material of choice was paper, and Harper’s mastery of the delicate material gave way to the execution of a seemingly limitless stream of objects.
With the exception of a few gifts to friends, this auction represents the sculptural work created by Harper in its entirety, and is a rare opportunity to see a little known chapter of one of modern design’s most important protagonists. A selection of works from Harper’s extraordinary oeuvre will be exhibited in our New York gallery beginning January 8th. All works will be sold at auction in Chicago on January 21st.