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Frank Gehry

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Fish Lamp, 1985
Formica, wire, wood, glass and light
68” x 28” x 16”
Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, New York, NY

Frank Gehry is a world-renowned architect and designer whose projects over the past fifty years have ranged from skyscrapers and museums to furniture made from corrugated cardboard. All of his creations, however, employ an innovative and experimental use of material. His series of fish lamps began with a commission by the Formica Corporation to create objects using their new product ColorCore. Pieces of ColorCore, a plastic laminate that is uniformly colored throughout, reminded Gehry of fish scales. His first fish lamps were created in 1984, and were made by bending wire to create an armature, then individually gluing on pieces of Formica to create the scales. The process of making these lamps gave the architect an appreciation of the form and iconographic power of fish. This later inspired other public art and architectural works, such as the Olympic Fish in Barcelona, Spain (1992), and can be seen in the undulating curves of buildings, including the residential skyscraper at 8 Spruce Street in New York, NY (2011).

Frank Gehry has exhibited his models, drawings, sculpture and furniture internationally and has designed buildings throughout the world. A retrospective of his work was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, in 2001. Gehry created a new series of fish lamps in 2012, which were exhibited in 2013 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. Lamps from the original series were shown at The Jewish Museum in New York, NY in 2010. He is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts in 2000. Gehry received a B.Arch from the University of Southern California. 

Pictured above:
Fish Lamp, 
1985
Formica, wire, wood, glass and light
68” x 28” x 16”
Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, New York, NY

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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