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Harry Bertoia
UNTITLED (GONG)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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120
Harry Bertoia
UNTITLED (GONG)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Design

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Harry Bertoia
UNTITLED (GONG)
with an enameled metal base
patinated silicon bronze
37 1/4  x 33 1/4  in. (94.6 x 84.5 cm) excluding base
circa 1978
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Provenance

Ianuzzi Gallery, Paradise Valley, Arizona, acquired directly from the artist, circa 1978
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 230 (for photographs of a related example installed in Bertoia’s sound studio)
Nancy N. Schiffer, Harry Bertoia, Monoprints, Atglen, PA, 2011, p. 131 (for a monoprint of the form)
Harry Bertoia: Decisi Che Una Sedia Non Poteva Bastare, exh. cat., Museo Civico d'Arte, Prodenone, 2009, p. 177 (for a related example)
Celia Bertoia, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2015, pp. 134-135 (for a photograph of a related example installed in Bertoia’s sound studio)

Catalogue Note


This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.



Untitled (Gong) is the perfect harmonization of two of Bertoia’s most important design values: shape and sound. During the 1960s, Bertoia made sound an integral part of his sculptures. On his estate in rural Pennsylvania in 1968-1969, Bertoia created a “Sonambient” barn to play his sculptures and record the experimental music of pieces like his gongs. Bertoia looked to ancient bronzes to form his sculptures, and he was particularly taken with Roman metalworks. The interior section of this gong with its two perforations is reminiscent of the face mask worn by Roman soldiers known as the Galea helmet; a design that inspired several of Bertoia’s gongs. Gongs were particularly meaningful to Bertoia and he was buried under a massive 2,000 pound gong after his death in 1978. Similarly, this gong was created in a beautifully lush bronze, and the rich tones of the material pair masterfully with the robust form.

Important Design

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