Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life

New voices to the conversation about this quintessential mid-century American artist


  • January 2022   approx. CHF 65.00 | eur 58.00


Title Information

Edited by Jed Morse and Marin R. Sullivan. With contributions from Jed Morse, Marin R. Sullivan, Glenn Adamson, and Sydney Skelton Simon

1st edition

, 2022

approx. 224 pages, 159 color and 33 b/w illustrations

24 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-862-1


Italian-born, American artist Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) was one of the most prolific, innovative artists of the postwar period. Trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he met future colleagues and collaborators Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, and Eero Saarinen, he went on to make one-of-a kind jewelry, design iconic chairs, create thousands of unique sculptures including large-scale commissions for significant buildings, and advance the use of sound as sculptural material. His work speaks to the confluence of numerous fields of endeavor, but is united throughout by a sculptural approach to making and an experimental embrace of metal.


Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life accompanies the first U.S. museum retrospective of the artist’s career to examine the full scope of his broad, interdisciplinary practice, and feature important examples of his furniture, jewelry, monotypes, and diverse sculptural output. The exhibition and publication are organized and edited by the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Chief Curator Jed Morse and independent curator and art historian Dr. Marin Sullivan, who also serves as Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné. Lavishly illustrated, the publication includes new scholarly essays by the curators and prominent Bertoia experts Dr. Glenn Adamson and Dr. Sydney Skelton Simon, as well as a catalogue of the artists numerous large-scale commissions.


This publication questions how and why we distinguish between a chair, a necklace, a screen, and a freestanding sculpture—and what Bertoia’s sculptural things, when taken together, say about the fluidity of visual language across culture, both at mid-century and now.


Jed Morse is an art historian and Chief Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. He has organized numerous exhibitions and published widely on the subjects of modern and contemporary sculpture and Spanish modernism.

Dr. Marin R. Sullivan is an art historian and independent curator who specializes in modern and contemporary sculpture, with a particular focus on its relationship to design and the built environment. Based in Chicago, she is the Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné.

Dr. Glenn Adamson is a noted curator and scholar who works at the intersection of craft, design history, and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Head of Research at the V&A, London; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.

Dr. Sydney Skelton Simon is an art historian and curator who specializes in post-World War II American art and design. She is currently the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven.

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