It’s impossible for me to articulate why I absolutely adore the delightful sculptures of dal Fabbro, but I do. Something about the eternally modernist shapes and laborious treatment of wood in his works makes me contemplate in curious contentment. And lucky for me (well actually us), there is a good selection available for sale in New York directly from the artists Estate.
From 23 February through 30 March, Maison Gerard, the powerhouse of 20th century design, is exhibiting about 35 of dal Fabbro sculptures. If I were you, I would reserve a couple now because the show is likely to be sold-out by the time it ends. These sculptures are highly collectable and have been very much in vogue since the 1960s.
As one could imagine, dal Fabbro (1913-1990) was born into an Italian family of cabinetmakers, but it was the excitement of postwar America that brought the curious and talented designer to New York in 1948 making the US his home until his death at 77. Although known as a furniture designer and author, dal Fabbro was really a creative and talented sculptor whose legacy is finally getting its due. Don’t you agree?
image credits: © Maison Gerard (top left hand and clockwise: Continuity, 1972; Untitled, 1982; Untitled, 1978; Untitled, 1983)
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