LOT L15 FRANK GEHRY / UNTITLED (ANGEL ART), 2013




Metal wire, ColorCore formica and silicone on wooden base
36-1/2 x 28 x 56 inches (92.7 x 71.1 x 142.2 cm)
Auction estimate: $65,000




Gift of the artist and Gagosian Gallery



One of the most celebrated architects living today, Frank Gehry's career spans five
decades and three continents. Known for his imaginative designs and creative use
of materials, he has forever altered the urban landscape with spectacular buildings
that are conceived as dynamic structures rather than static vessels. Gehry has
always experimented with sculpture and furniture in addition to his architectural
pursuits, coaxing inventive forms out of unexpected materials.
Since the creation of the first lamp in 1984, the fish has become a recurrent motif in
Gehry's work. It can be found in the curvilinear forms of the Guggenheim Museum
in Bilbao, Spain (1997); the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago (2004); and the
Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel in Elciego, Spain (2006) as well as the Fish
Sculpture at Vila Olímpica in Barcelona (1989–92) and Standing Glass Fish for the
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (1986).
In 2012 Gehry decided to revisit his earlier ideas, and began working on an entirely
new group of softly glowing Fish Lamps, the series to which the Angel Art Fish
Lamp belongs. Each lamp is hand made and unique. Curling and flexing in
attitudes of simulated motion, these artificial creatures emit a warm, incandescent
light. This intimation of life, underscored by the almost organic textures of the
nuanced surfaces, presents a spirited symbiosis of material, form, and function.



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