A Jackson Pollock in three dimensions” is one critic’s unforgettable description of a piece by Claire Falkenstein, whose life and work spanned the 20th century. The American artist and teacher was born in Oregon in 1908 and—after living in San Francisco, Paris and New York—died in Los Angeles in 1997. This lavishly produced book is—amazingly—the first monograph ever on the work of this ceaselessly inventive artist. Falkenstein called her sculptures, paintings and prints “structures;” she also designed furniture, fountains, screens, wallpaper and jewelry. A fresh look at her multifaceted work—collected by major institutions ranging from MoMA to the TATE Britain—places Falkenstein in the company of better-known peers and further credits her explorations as prototypical of the work of post-minimal and contemporary artists.
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