The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program present two public works by Wendell Castle to be officially unveiled on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1pm.
Acting as both sculptures and outdoor public seating, the newly created bronze works, Wandering Mountain (2014) and Temptation (2014) serve as an introduction for the public to Wendell Castle Remastered, the first museum exhibition to examine the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American art furniture movement. In this solo exhibition, on view from October 20, 2015 through February 28, 2016, Castle takes inspiration from the first decade of his own artistic production to create a new body of work that revisits his groundbreaking achievements of the 1960s through a contemporary lens.
Though best-known for his work in wood, Castle has also experimented in the past with fiberglass, bronze and steel. Most recently, he has embraced digital technologies and revisited these materials, creating larger, more complex forms, including a new series of cast bronze works for indoor and outdoor use.
“The Museum of Arts and Design is delighted to partner with the NYC DOT on the installation of the Wendell Castle bronzes, building on the success of our previous outdoor collaboration. When touring Wendell Castle Remastered our visitors no doubt will wonder what it feels like to actually sit in a Wendell Castle work of art,” said Ronald T. Labaco, MAD’s Marcia Docter Senior Curator. “Through the installation of Temptation and Wandering Mountain they will have an opportunity to experience how surprisingly comfortable these sculptural works can be, attesting to his mastery of the medium. The works were also installed with a mind to capture the Columbus Circle monument in the background.”
“DOT values our continued collaboration with the Museum of Arts and Design, a partner who understands how public art can activate space and bring attention to a great New York City institution,” said DOT Assistant Commissioner of Design + Art + Wayfinding Wendy Feuer.