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WENDELL CASTLE
Wendell Castle [American, 1932-2018] Walnut Sculpt...
Wendell Castle [American, 1932-2018]
Walnut Sculpture, 1958-1959
Walnut and brass pins
52 x 36 x 34.5 inches
132.1 x 91.4 x 87.6 cm
Biography

Born in Kansas, Wendell Castle (1932-2018) received a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas in Industrial Design in 1958 and an M.F.A. in sculpture, graduating in 1961. He moved to Rochester, New York to teach at the School of American Craftsmen and established a permanent studio in the area.


Wendell Castle's work can be found in the permanent collections of more than 40 museums and cultural institutions worldwide, including: Art Institute of Chicago, (IL); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (CA); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (MN); Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (Quebec, Canada); Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (MA); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX); Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, (KS); Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA); Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, (Washington, DC); the Victoria & Albert Museum (London). 

 

Castle has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including four National Endowment for the Arts grants, three honorary degrees, a Visionaries of the American Craft Movement Award from the American Craft Museum (1994), the American Craft Council Gold Medal (1997), Master of the Medium Award from The James Renwick Alliance of National Museum of American Art, (1999), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art (2007).
 

 

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WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
Curated by Felix Burrichter
January 10 – February 16, 2019
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
June 22 - August 11, 2017
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
May 4 - June 10, 2017
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
April 1 - May 30, 2015
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
January 15 - February 14, 2015
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
January 10 - February 9, 2013
Friedman Benda, New York, NY
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
May 3 - August 13, 2010
Barry Friedman Ltd.
WENDELL CASTLE - Artist
New Work
May 1 - June 27, 2008
Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY
Wendell Castle: A New Vocabulary
Wendell Castle: Embracing Upheaval
Wendell Castle Catalogue Raisonné
Wendell Castle furniture sculpture showcase coming...
Wendell Castle furniture sculpture showcase coming to Nelson-Atkins
Kansas City Star
June 22, 2018
Last Works Created By Wendell Castle Featured at N...
Last Works Created By Wendell Castle Featured at Nelson-Atkins
Artfix Daily
June 12, 2018
Berkshire Botanical Garden: When Metal, Art and Na...
Berkshire Botanical Garden: When Metal, Art and Nature Meet
Berkshire Eagle
May 18, 2018
Urban Update
Urban Update
Designlines
Spring 2018
Wendell's Castle
Wendell's Castle
Architectural Digest
April 2018
George Lindemann Remembers Wendell Castle
George Lindemann Remembers Wendell Castle
Cultured
March 2018
Wendell Castle's Home and Studio: A Look Back
Wendell Castle's Home and Studio: A Look Back
Architectural Digest
March 16, 2018
On Wendell Castle
On Wendell Castle
KCUR 89.3
January 31, 2018
MAG exhibit honors Wendell Castle, still inspired...
MAG exhibit honors Wendell Castle, still inspired after nearly 60 years
Democrat & Chronicle
November 2, 2017
Castle's Curious Creations at the Dorsky
Castle's Curious Creations at the Dorsky
The New Paltz Oracle
October 26, 2017
Form Follows Freedom
Form Follows Freedom
Esquire Magazine: The Black Book
Fall/Winter 2017
Wendell Castle "Remastered"
Wendell Castle "Remastered"
WXXI News
October 7, 2017
Wendell Castle "Embracing Upheaval" at Friedman Be...
Wendell Castle "Embracing Upheaval" at Friedman Benda
Whitewall
July 24, 2017
Musings on the Latest Wendell Castle Show at Fried...
Musings on the Latest Wendell Castle Show at Friedman Benda
July 11, 2017
Modern Magazine
12 Exhibitions To See in New York This Summer
12 Exhibitions To See in New York This Summer
Galerie Magazine
June 26, 2017
Wendell Castle: Agent of Change
Wendell Castle: Agent of Change
Surface Magazine
June 19, 2017
Carsten Höller at Gagosian and 13 More Things to...
Carsten Höller at Gagosian and 13 More Things to See in New York This Week
Artnet News
June 19, 2017
Wendell Castle: Embracing Upheaval
Wendell Castle: Embracing Upheaval
Wall Street International
June 13, 2017
Beyond the Border
Beyond the Border
Interni Magazine
May 2017
Wendell Castle
Wendell Castle
Legno Lab
September 2016
Inside the studio with Wendell Castle
Inside the studio with Wendell Castle
Rochester's CITY Newspaper
August 26, 2016
Wendell Castle stays hands-on
Wendell Castle stays hands-on
City Magazine
August 24, 2016
Wendell Castle: The Quiet Life of a World-Famous A...
Wendell Castle: The Quiet Life of a World-Famous Artist
POST
July/August 2016
Design Miami: The Experts' Choice
Design Miami: The Experts' Choice
Telegraph
December 2015
What Top Designers Obsessed Over at Art Basel Miam...
What Top Designers Obsessed Over at Art Basel Miami Beach
Architectural Digest
December 8, 2015
Friedman Benda Presents Ebonized Ash and Bronze Se...
Friedman Benda Presents Ebonized Ash and Bronze Seats By Wendell Castle
Designboom
December 8, 2015
At Design Miami, Big Ideas Are Made Beautiful
At Design Miami, Big Ideas Are Made Beautiful
Blouin Art Info
December 4, 2015
Photo Gallery: Design Miami Opens
Photo Gallery: Design Miami Opens
Miami Herlad
December 1, 2015
Wendell Castle's Latest Furniture Fuses Craft, Hig...
Wendell Castle's Latest Furniture Fuses Craft, High-Tech
Associated Press
November 10, 2015
The Rebel and the Robot
The Rebel and the Robot
Modern Painters
October 2015
Mr Robot-o: Wendell Castle Goes Digital to Take Hi...
Mr Robot-o: Wendell Castle Goes Digital to Take His Sculptures to New Heights
Wendell Castle Remastered
Wendell Castle Remastered
Daniella on Design
October 19, 2015
Robots Are Making Furniture That Costs $340,000
Robots Are Making Furniture That Costs $340,000
Bloomberg
October 22, 2015
Castles in the Sitting Room: Furniture as High Art
Castles in the Sitting Room: Furniture as High Art
Wall Street Journal
October 18, 2015
Wendell Castle
Wendell Castle
Whitewall
Fall 2015
With New Technology Wendell Castle Takes a Look at...
With New Technology Wendell Castle Takes a Look at His Own Storied Past
Modern Magazine
Fall 2015
American Master: Exhibition and Book Bring New Per...
American Master: Exhibition and Book Bring New Perspective to Sculptor's Long, Iconic Career
Kansas Alumni Magazine
2015
Take a Stand
Take a Stand
Wallpaper
October 2015
El Galerismo Que Viene
El Galerismo Que Viene
MasDeco
June 20, 2015
COLLECTIVE DESIGN LAUNCHES ITS THIRD EDITION – I...
COLLECTIVE DESIGN LAUNCHES ITS THIRD EDITION – INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER, STEVEN LEARNER
Brand New Day Design
May, 2015
Hunter-Gatherers
Hunter-Gatherers
AD Magazin
May 19, 2015
Wendell Castle: Gathering Momentum
Wendell Castle: Gathering Momentum
ART HAPS
May, 2015
Artmuse Recommends: New Gallery Shows To See
Artmuse Recommends: New Gallery Shows To See
ArtMuse
April 20, 2015
Artmuse Recommends: New Gallery Shows To See
Artmuse Recommends: New Gallery Shows To See
ArtMuse
Today and Upcoming Events
Today and Upcoming Events
Wall Street International
April 15, 2015
Wendell Castle’s Organic Formalism
Wendell Castle’s Organic Formalism
W Magazine
2015
Friedman Benda Presents New Work By Wendell Castle
Friedman Benda Presents New Work By Wendell Castle
InCollect
March 30, 2015
New Work by Wendell Castle at Friedman Benda
New Work by Wendell Castle at Friedman Benda
Architectural Digest
March 16, 2015
Curators Eye
Curators Eye
Modern Magazine
Spring 2015
Wendell Castle. Gathering Momentum
Wendell Castle. Gathering Momentum
Wall Street International
March 2015
A Well Stated Place
A Well Stated Place
Modern Magazine
Summer 2014
Wendell Castle
Wendell Castle
1stdibs
March 2014
Cultured 25: Wendell Castle
Cultured 25: Wendell Castle
Cultured,
Spring 2014
Wendell Castle: Friedman Benda
Wendell Castle: Friedman Benda
Modern Painters,
April 2013
Wendell Castle: Barry Friedman Ltd. and Friedman B...
Wendell Castle: Barry Friedman Ltd. and Friedman Benda
ARTnews
March 2013
Wendell Castle: A New Environment
Wendell Castle: A New Environment
Interior Design,
January 29, 2013
Amber Perfume in Brooklyn, 1.2 Million Desk: N.Y....
Amber Perfume in Brooklyn, 1.2 Million Desk: N.Y. Scene
BloombergBusinessweek,
January 25, 2013
Object of the Day
Object of the Day
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum,
January 15, 2013
Wendell Castle presents an installation of stack-l...
Wendell Castle presents an installation of stack-laminated pieces at Friedman Benda
Artdaily.org,
January 14, 2013
Art House | Wendell Castle
Art House | Wendell Castle
New York Times Magazine,
January 10, 2013
Profile: Wendell Castle on Furniture Design as Scu...
Profile: Wendell Castle on Furniture Design as Sculpture
Whitewall,
January 9, 2013
Famed designer Wendell Castle exhibits at Kentucky...
Famed designer Wendell Castle exhibits at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
artdaily
January 3, 2013
Wendell Castle a Portrait of The Artist As A Very...
Wendell Castle a Portrait of The Artist As A Very Young Octogenarian
american craft
January 2013
Design Pioneer Talk: Wendell Castle
Design Pioneer Talk: Wendell Castle
Design Miami,
December 8, 2012
The Brief: Wendell Castle Turns 80
The Brief: Wendell Castle Turns 80
Art in America,
December 2012
Wendell Castle: 500 Words
Wendell Castle: 500 Words
Artforum,
November 13, 2012
When Furniture Wandered Into Sculpture
When Furniture Wandered Into Sculpture
New York Times,
November 9, 2012
Wendell Castle at Barry Friedman and Friedman Bend...
Wendell Castle at Barry Friedman and Friedman Benda
Huffington Post,
October 25, 2012
Don't Miss: Wendell Castle
Don't Miss: Wendell Castle
W Magazine,
October 19, 2012
Aldrich to Feature Wendell Castle
Aldrich to Feature Wendell Castle
Danbury News Times,
October 17, 2012
An Extended Celebration of a Lively Career
An Extended Celebration of a Lively Career
New York Times,
October 17, 2012
Wendell Castle: A Trailblazer at Full Throttle
Wendell Castle: A Trailblazer at Full Throttle
Metropolitan,
Fall 2012
Things We Like
Things We Like
Modern Painters,
October 2012
The Art of Furniture
The Art of Furniture
Popular Woodworking,
September 12, 2012
The King of the Castle
The King of the Castle
Surface,
September 2012
Reflections on Wendell Castle
Reflections on Wendell Castle
Modern Magazine,
Fall 2012
Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms slideshow
Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms slideshow
ArtInfo,
August 26, 2012
Wendell Castle: A L'Ecoute des materiaux
Wendell Castle: A L'Ecoute des materiaux
Conaissance des arts,
March 2012
Crafting Modernism
Crafting Modernism
Democrat & Chronicle,
March 2012
Modern News & Notes
Modern News & Notes
Modern Magazine,
Spring 2012
Famous, Again
Famous, Again
Wall Street Journal,
September 2011
Wendell Castle
Wendell Castle
The Art Economist,
March 2011
Recent Acquisitions to Inaugurate New Space in Bro...
Recent Acquisitions to Inaugurate New Space in Brooklyn Museum
Antiques and the Arts Weekly,
February 25, 2011
Mentors & Makers at Rochester Contemporary
Mentors & Makers at Rochester Contemporary
City Newspaper,
February 9, 2011
Furniture Is Just High Art, Like Sculpture
Furniture Is Just High Art, Like Sculpture
The Art Newspaper,
May 2010
A Perch with Flair
A Perch with Flair
Art & Auction,
May 2010
The Best in Design 2010
The Best in Design 2010
Architectural Digest Collector,
Issue 3, 2010
Frieze Art Fair & PAD 2009
Frieze Art Fair & PAD 2009
Beaux Arts,
October 2009
Shifting Shapes and Breaking the Rules
Shifting Shapes and Breaking the Rules
American Craft,
October - November, 2008
Design
Design
Wallpaper,
October, 2008
Wendell Castle
Wendell Castle
Whitewall,
October, 2008
Design's Ten to Watch
Design's Ten to Watch
Art + Auction,
April, 2008
Wendell Castle, a Legend of the Furniture and Desi...
Wendell Castle, a Legend of the Furniture and Design Worlds, Dies at 85
Hyperalleric
January 23, 2018
Wendell Castle, whose art was furniture and furnit...
Wendell Castle, whose art was furniture and furniture was art, dies at 85
Washington Post
January 26, 2018
Wendell Castle, 85, Dies; Blurred the Line Between...
Wendell Castle, 85, Dies; Blurred the Line Between Furniture and Art
The New York Times
January 25, 2018
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