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Henry Moore was one of the most significant sculptors to emerge from Britain in the 20th century. This fascination is evident in Three-Quarter Figure (1961), a bronze sculpture produced in an edition of 9. The rounded forms of this piece traverse the boundary between abstraction and representation, indicating somewhat ambiguously the head and torso of a female body.

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The designs of George Nakashima (1905-1990) are among the most elegant and enduring in post–war American furniture. Nakashima is renowned for his sensitive approach toward natural materials. He conceived of furniture as a second incarnation of the wood and aimed to preserve its integrity, beauty, and utility by emphasizing the textures of their rich grains in his designs.

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Leading mid–century ceramicist Georges Jouve was born in Fontenay–sous–Bois, France. He studied art history and sculpture at the renowned École Boulle in Paris. Jouve’s first decorative works made from clay were modeled after the religious figures common in the region. This early influence accounts for the elegant, curving forms which are predominant throughout his pieces. These forms are dense with opaque color, which Jouve achieved through the use of matte enamel glazes.

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The exuberant work of artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) crosses the boundaries between street and fine art. Haring first began his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, making his signature drawings in white chalk throughout the streets and subways of New York City. Employing a cartoonish vocabulary of hearts, flying saucers, babies, and Mickey Mouse heads, Haring’s themes included drug addiction, the fear of nuclear annihilation, and social justice. With its dynamic, bold forms and energetic execution, this body of work soon brought him to the attention of the art world, alongside peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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The vibrant paintings of Dan Christensen (1942-2007) have drawn comparison to artists like Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland and his work is most often categorized as Color Field painting. Christensen was born in Cozad, Nebraska, and was inspired to become an artist after encountering the work of Jackson Pollock during a trip to Denver. He went on to graduate with a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1964 and promptly moved to New York City to embark on his career. His first solo exhibition was held at Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York in 1967.

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Sam Maloof’s enduring creations stand out as some of the most elegant furniture designs of the 20th century. As his studio gained more commissions, Maloof had the opportunity to work with more expensive woods, resulting in increasingly luxurious designs. These versatile rosewood pieces were created especially for the of ce of Frank Wyle, founder and president of Wyle Labs, and were in use until Mr. Wyle’s passing.

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The works of Craig Kauffman (1932-2010) are regarded among the most seminal made in post-war California. Along with his peers from the Light and Space movement—Larry Bell, Peter Alexander and Robert Irwin— Kauffman employed industrial vacuum-forming technology to explore the sculptural and tactile properties of new materials like plastic and acrylic.

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The work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is among the most distinctive in the history of 20th century American art. A reclusive figure, Cornell was inspired to become an artist on encountering the work of the French Surrealists at an exhibition in New York City. ‘Untitled (Waxed Collage)’ is a work from Cornell’s 1960s period and shows a cartoonish gentleman in formal dress, looking through a hand telescope. Set within a white circle, the figure is collaged against a photograph of a mountainous landscape under a vast, orange-lit sky.

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