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Harry Bertoia's Diamond chairs. Photography courtesy Knoll

Knoll Atlanta —Celia Bertoia on Harry Bertoia's designs

Knoll Atlanta —The Design, Sculpture and Philosophy of Harry Bertoia

Wed | 6:30—8:30pm
1170 Howell Mill Rd, # 200
Atlanta, GA 30318

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), designer and metal worker, left an enormous legacy of sculptures, furniture, drawings and jewelry. Bertoia designed modern chairs for Knoll, crafted over 50 public sculptures, etched hundreds of monotypes, and welded thousands of art pieces.

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Photography courtesy Knoll, Inc.
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Photography courtesy Knoll, Inc.
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Photography courtesy Knoll, Inc.

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 jewellery 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.

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Celia Bertoia. Photography courtesy Knoll, Inc.

Hear his youngest daughter, Celia Bertoia, describe Bertoia’s work and life in both casual and technical terms.

She will focus on the history of his chairs, which were designed in the 1950s but still produced today. She will share anecdotes from his life, early history of Knoll, and stories revealing the man behind the chair. She’ll touch on the Bertoia sculptures you’ve probably seen but didn’t realise that Bertoia was behind them.
knoll.com

Knoll Atlanta — The Design, Sculpture and Philosophy of Harry Bertoia
Wed | 6:30—8:30pm
1170 Howell Mill Rd, # 200
Atlanta, GA 30318

Celia Bertoia
The youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, Celia Bertoia steered two non-profits in Boulder, Colorado and later managed a race timing company in Bozeman, Montana. She is a credentialed fine art appraiser as well as an author published in Harry Bertoia Monoprints and The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia (released in 2015).
Celia is compiling the Catalogue Raisonné of Bertoia’s works, providing authentications, relocating warehoused sculptures and facilitating exhibitions. Celia is the Director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation and her passion is to further the legacy of her father.
www.harrybertoia.org

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