On loan from the Estate of Harry Bertoia, Seraphin Gallery and Knoll, Inc.
March 24 - May 10, 2011

Opening reception: Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 4-6pm
Lecture with Celia Bertoia: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Center for Academic Success building, Lecture Hall 106.

From Left to Right: Works on Paper by Harry Bertoia, Untitled 001, c. 1940s, Ink on Paper, 8 x 11 inches, Untitled 243, c. 1960s, Ink on Paper, 25 x 40 inches, courtesy of the Seraphin Gallery. Furniture Design by Harry Bertoia, Diamond Lounge Chair, 1952, Steel, Chrome, Leather, 23 1/2 W x 28 1/4 D x 30 H inches. © Harry Bertoia.

Kean University is pleased to host an exhibition of the works on paper and furniture by Harry Bertoia. Bertoia’s drawings represent an inner vision beginning in the 1940’s of complete abstraction. His lines, shapes and colors reflect his thoughts as he experienced them. Bertoia pushed the wave of modern art into an expansive period of exploration of not only visual, but practical and auditory and tactile art. From delicate jewelry to massive fountains, from an asymmetrical chaise lounge to petite children’s chairs, from detailed graphics to thunderous gongs; this artist took what he infused from nature’s beauty and transformed it into uplifting experiential pieces. Harry Bertoia's works are in the permanent collections around the world including of the Detroit Art Museum, Chicago Art Museum, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

For more information about the artist, please visit: www.harrybertoia.org

Also, please visit dwell.com for a featured article on the exhibition and a slideshow of selected works appearing in the gallery.

Neil Tetkowski
Gallery Director