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New Monograph Explores the Work of Harry Bertoia, Listen to His Extraordinary Sonambients

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • April 10, 2019

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Bertoia: The Metal Worker by Beverly H. Twitchell
Phaidon
Cover of Bertoia: The Metal Worker by Beverly H. Twitchell
Phaidon

The new publication Bertoia: The Metal Worker by Beverly H. Twitchell is a celebration of the rich and varied work of Italian-born American artist, designer, and master of metal, Harry Bertoia.

Bertoia is renowned for his "Sonambients," the sound sculptures that were the focus of his last years. These sculptures are made of vertical rods and when strummed they produce hauntingly beautiful sounds.

Bertoia recorded these sounds in his barn, and in 1970 he made an LP. This is an example of a recording he made: LISTEN NOW

Discover more of Bertoia's work with 230 illustrations in Twitchell's beautiful new monograph published by Phaidon. From chapel altarpieces and bronze fountains, to wire chairs and silver brooches, follow Bertoia's entire and varied career from his work with Charles Eames and Knoll through to his fascinating sound sculptures.

Split into seven chapters examining each stage of his career, see how the young Italian boy grew to become one of the great American modernists. Detailed essays based on extensive interviews with the artist himself provide an unprecedented insight into his life influences and motivations.


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