December 3, 2006

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 164: Jan de Swart

Lot 164: Jan de Swart

Freestanding sculpture

Executed c. 1968
Carved jelutong wood
76" x 28" x 27.5"
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Inventory Id: 14163

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Constantly seeking and inventing new materials, Jan de Swart was a true modernist. He was influenced by artists such as Isamu Noguchi, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, and later Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle. Although he had been creating small sculptures since his arrival in California from Holland in 1929, he had not been widely recognized until being introduced in 1947 to John Entenza, publisher of Arts & Architecture magazine. Soon thereafter, he was able to create larger works and began collaborating with architects such as Whitney Smith and Victor Gruen on special commissions. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and the Ford Foundation. He was honored with the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Sculpture in 1965.

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