May 18, 2014

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 409: Walter Cade III

Lot 409: Walter Cade III

Do Storks Really Bring Babies, Or Do They Come By subway?

c. 1981
Mixed-media relief with collage
Signed "Walter Cade III" lower right; retains the Studio Gallery pamphlet verso; title inscribed in pencil verso
Image/sheet (vis.): 31.25" x 47.75"; Frame: 32.5" x 49"
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,125
Inventory Id: 12409

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Through her pioneering work for the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), Eudorah Moore (1918-2013) organized groundbreaking exhibitions that introduced the world to California design. Her legacy began when she founded the Pasadena Art Alliance in 1954 where she soon became an instrumental figure in the arts and crafts community. She served as the curator and director of the California Design Programs of the Pasadena Art Museum, and was also the design curator from 1962-1977. Moore invited artists from every field of arts, crafts, and design, often incorporating recreational and outdoor activities such as playground sets and skateboards with Southern California's best art and design. The resulting exhibitions presented the textiles, tapestries, pottery, and furniture that comprised a distinctly Californian lifestyle. "She is one of the most important people in the history of California design," said Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design. "What was really extraordinary is that she had the ability to recognize what was important at the time it was being made." From 1978-1981, Moore served as the visual arts coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nelson, Valerie J. "Eudorah Moore dies at 94; early ambassador for California design." LATimes.com. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2013. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.

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