Friday, 8 March 2013

Phillips Contemporary Art and Design Sale, New York 7 March 2013

This Black Edition 'Big Table' from the 'Molar Series' (2007) by Wendell Castle sold at $74,500 within its estimate of $60,000-80,000 in the Phillips Contemporary Art and Design Sale in New York last night.
Crafted in plastic and reinforced with gel-coated fibreglass, the biomorphic shapes in gleaming black are pared right down to the very simplest of forms, enhancing Castle's perpetual exploration of volume and monumental solidity.
His sixties-era Molar Tables were made in 'Pop' vibrant colors using the original molds from a kit car manufacturer in Buffalo but we think this reissue in black feels more contemporary. "It makes them more modern...there's such clarity in black", says Castle.
3 from the edition of 8 + 2 artist's proofs

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