esherick to NAKASHIMA
Open through summer 2017
Part of a True Fine Art and Craft Community
At Modernism Museum Mount Dora we look forward to bringing you several exhibitions in which we see how the DNA of Wharton Esherick, “Dean of American Craftsmen”, intertwines through the various works of generations of artists who followed him. Wharton is credited as being one of the most influential artists of Modernism & the American Studio Arts Movement as is George Nakashima.
Nakashima's pieces, in which he philosophically used wood to focus on the soul of a tree, its' life and legacy, will be featured. Also showcased is the Museum's permanent collection by Wharton Esherick and a selection of unique pieces from Wendell Castle, all influential artists of Modernism and the American Studio Arts Movement.
George took the tradition of Japanese architecture and combined it with the new technologies of the Western world. Harmony between nature, form, substance and space were emulated through his designs as demonstrated in his Conoid Bench.
Moving forward, one exhibit at a time, a series of truly unique objects by such esteemed artists as George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Arthur Espenet Carpenter and Albert Paley will demonstrate their influences, similarities and differences, all while giving credence to their individual styles.
Be enthralled. We invite you to experience each, Wharton Esherick to… exhibit
“Modernism Museum Mount Dora is doing something that has never been done before,” says the previous Executive Director and Curator of The Wharton Esherick Museum, Paul Eisenhauer. “It provides an opportunity for people to interpret the world around them and the objects in it in an entirely different way.”
Wharton Esherick's home was his single most successful artistic achievement. No floor, no wall, no single angle, escaped Esherick's most intense artistic scrutiny. The room pictured here, represents the most important space in Esherick's home, his bedroom. Included in this careful reinterpretation is a rare Wharton Esherick bed with drawers, an early hammer handle chair, a pair of Hessian Hills chairs, a coffee table with sculpted legs, an interesting and possibly unique book and magazine rack, a rectilinear box from the curvaceous kitchen and a circular lamp table.
Modernism Museum is presented by Main Street Leasing and is located in Mount Dora, Florida a True Fine Art and Craft community.