Wendell Castle

United States, 1932


Wendell Castle was born in Kansas in 1932 and received two degrees from the University of Kansas, one in industrial design in 1958 and the other in sculpture in 1961. Often credited as the founding father of the American crafts movement, Castle has redefined sculpture and design by seamlessly merging the two into one discipline. He creates unique pieces that blur the distinction between design and sculpture.

Among the national and international exhibitions in which he participated are “The Furniture of Wendell Castle” (1969), at University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA; “Ambiguous Objecthood: New Furniture and Drawings by Wendell Castle” (1994), at Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, USA; “Remastered” (2015), at MAD Museum, New York; and “Anthology” (2019), at Carpenters Workshop Gallery x Vincenzo De Cotiis, Milan.

Received the awards “National Endowment for the Arts Grant(s)” (1973), from Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant; and “Lifetime Achievement Award”, from Brooklyn Museum of Art, USA. His works are part of important collections such as Art Institute Of Chicago, Museum Of Modern Art (Moma), New York City, and Carnegie Museum Of Art, Pittsburgh, USA.

Source: Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

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