Harry Bertoia: Master Modernist

June 1 - September 28, 2024

"Untitled" by Harry Bertoia

Well-known for his sculptural furniture, Harry Bertoia (U.S., b. Italy, 1915-1978) was a prolific artist-designer of the modernist period, whose work traverses media and transcends categorization. Throughout his forty-year career, Bertoia was known to experiment with materials and play with techniques, often shifting between two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects over the course of a day.

"Untitled" Pine Tree Sculpture by Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia: Master Modernist is a celebration of the breadth of this pioneering artist’s body of work. Drawing from the collections of Celia Bertoia and the Harry Bertoia Foundation, this exhibition brings together objects that represent the diversity of his creative process. In addition to a multiplicity of sculptures and monotype prints that feature both abstract and organic designs, Bertoia’s so-called tonal or sonambient sculptures, which use sound as a sculptural material, transform the gallery into an ambient sonic environment.

Images from Top to Bottom: 
Harry Bertoia (U.S., b. Italy, 1915-1978), Untitled, c. 1963, phosphor bronze wire (welded and brazed), 14 x 14 x 14 in., Collection of Celia Bertoia (Washington, UT), S.WF.53

Harry Bertoia (U.S., b. Italy, 1915-1978), Untitled, c. 1965, stainless steel wire on stone base (not original), 84 x 48 x 48 in., Collection of Celia Bertoia (Washington, UT), S.BW.1