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Skyscraper

Paul T. Frankl (American, Vienna 1886–1958 Los Angeles, California)

Date:
ca. 1927
Medium:
Maple, Bakelite
Dimensions:
H. 79 7/8, W. 34 3/8, D. 18 7/8 in. (202.9 x 87.3 x 47.9 cm) Over all weight: 153 lb. (69.4 kg); Base: 83 lb (37.6 kg); Top: 70 lb (31.8 kg)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.30ab
  • Description

    During the 1920s and 1930s the skyscraper became a potent and uniquely American symbol of modernity: the ultimate attribute of success was a penthouse apartment in Manhattan. The jagged outline of the New York skyline was recognizable worldwide. It suggested strength, daring, faith in the future, and rejection of the constraints of the past. Artists and designers of the period, searching for a new vocabulary with which to express the excitement and optimism
    of the age, seized upon the image of the skyscraper and utilized it not only in paintings and sculpture but also in everything from furniture to fabrics.

  • Exhibition History

    Newport Beach, California: Orange County Museum of Art, May 25 - August 19, 2001. Flint, Michigan: Flint Institute of Arts, September 14 - December 16, 2001. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, January 11 - April 7, 2002. Charlotte, North Carolina: Mint Museum of Craft & Design, May 3 - July 28, 2002. Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc August 23 - November 17, 2002. ¦American Modern¦.

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