Furniture Designed by Artists by Ursula Helman

BOMB 29 Fall 1989

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In selecting these works, the criteria was furniture which is expressive, yet functional and firmly within the tradition of furniture.

The artists have made work which is either furniture as subject matter, or furniture as objective. Each artists’ work seems to fall in its own expressive category.

All of the work has already entered the public domain, is widely admired, timely, topical and yet not completely defined. The precedents range from Rietveld, Chareau, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pop Art, and assemblage aesthetics—puns included.

To say that the work is influenced by the paintings and sculptures the artists produce is to say the obvious. But to say that these pieces are produced because of the need for solitude, dreamtime, play, and lucid surroundings to facilitate the acts of painting and sculpting would be more to the point.

—Ursula Helman

Helman 1  Meyers

Forrest Myers, Samoa, Hammock, 1988, corten steel, cadmium plated wire painted black, 61 inches × 16 feet × 15 feet. Courtesy of Arte and Industrie.

Article 1240 29  Raglione  Toc

James Raglione, Chair, 1989, copper plumbing pipes. Courtesy of Anne Plumb Gallery. Photo by Jim Raglione.

Paul Mogenson Bomb 29

Paul Mogenson, Cairene, 1988–89, copper (unique), 35 × 57½ × 17½ inches. Photo by Zeidman. Courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery.

Donald Judd 01 Bomb 029 Sm

Donald Judd, Desk Set, 1982, fir with clear matte varnish. Desk: 30 × 48 × 33 inches; Chair: 30 × 15 × 15 inches each. Courtesy Paula Cooper.

29 Helman 5 Hunt  Body

Bryan Hunt, Floor Lamp with Palm Lake, 1986, (edition of 20 + 4 ap), welded steel, perforated sheet of copper, cast bronze, and electrical fixture, 58½ × 22½ × 17 inches. Courtesy of Blum Helman.

29 Helman 7 Deutsch 1  Body

David Deutsch, Diningroom Table, plywood, 1983, 29 × 51½ × 106 inches. Photo © Amanda Means, 1989.

29 Helman 6 Deutsch 2  Body

David Deutsch, Diningroom Table (another angle) and Chair, 1986, plywood, 39½ × 23½ × 24 inches. Photo © 1989 by Amanda Means.

Article 1251 29 Helman 8 Fischer

R. M. Fischer, Hanukkah Lamp, 1984, (edition of 25) brass, steel, plastic, electric lights, 14 x 12 x 3¾ inches.

29 Helman 9 Chamberlain  Body

John Chamberlain, Couch, 1970–71, urethane foam, parachute, and canvas. Prototype courtesy of A/D.

29 Helman 10 Wilson  Body

Robert Wilson, Sofa Parzival (edition of nine), 1987, maple and stainless steel, 34½ × 81½ × 27⅜ inches. Photo © 1989 by Ken Schles. Courtesy of A/D.

29 Helman 11 Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman, 1988, painted wood, Chair, 70¾ × 17¾ × 24 inches; Ottoman, 23 × 20⅓ × 16½. Courtesy Leo Castelli.

Chair and Ottoman by Roy Lichtenstein
29 Helman 11 Lichtenstein  Body
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Caribbean Tea Time by David Hockney
32 Helman 6 Hockney  Body

Lithograph, screen print, collage and stencil piece on a folding, five panel screen of a table set for tea, Caribbean Tea Time by David Hockney. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

Remember and Forget by Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha Bomb 032 Sm

Five standing lacquered wood panels in relief, Remember and Forget by Ed Ruscha. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

La Combe II by Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly Bomb 32

Oil painting on nine wood panels, La Combe II by Ellsworth Kelly. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

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BOMB 29, Fall 1989
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