Handcrafted wood furniture by the late famed furniture designer George Nakashima and forged iron figurative sculptures and furniture by prominent Philadelphia sculptor Christopher T. Ray are displayed together in lively juxtaposition in “Summer Exhibition at Moderne” from June 15 — August 22, 1992 at the Moderne gallery, 111 North Third Street in Old City Philadelphia.
Twenty pieces by Nakashima — including tables, chairs, consoles, cabinets and desks — dating from 1955-74 and crafted of walnut and cherry are on display. The furniture was recently acquired by Moderne owner, Robert Aibel, from several local collections. Prices range from $750 to $4,500.
Nakashima, who died in 1990 at the age of 85, was a resident of New Hope, Bucks County, and a descendant of a noble Japanese family. He was internationally respected as a crafter of remarkable wood furniture. A legendary figure, his work reflected his reverence for the trees he carved and has been exhibited at major museums around the world.
Ray is exhibiting wrought iron sculptures, including “Mansect Sibling on a Unicycle” (1972), “Seed Series” (1973), “Conflict” (1986), and “Dragon of Eden” (1992). Examples of his current architectural furniture and decorative metalwork, including a recently crafted plant stand and coffee table, are also on display at Moderne. Prices range from $1,500 to $8,500.
Ray has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. His commissioned architectural and sculptural ironwork can be seen at many public sites and residences in the Philadelphia region, and across the country.
The “Summer Exhibition at Moderne” reflects the continuing interest of gallery owner Robert Aibel in fine 20th century sculptural furniture and decorative arts. While the Moderne gallery specializes in French and American Art Deco/Art Moderne furnishings, Aibel continually exhibits decorative arts which extend the range of 20th century classics.
Moderne summer hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and by appointment. Call 215-923-8536.