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The Constructions of Sam Maloof

by Kate Wolf
Though “The House That Sam Built,” also a part of PST, at the Huntington, is more ordered than the Wood show and displays not only Maloof’s own furniture but also his personal collection of ceramics, painting and sculpture from other Pomona Valley contemporaries, it too gives a vision of the environment that influenced Maloof’s life and work. Maloof was a great minimalist, as well as a technical innovator who, like other mid-century furniture makers, built many of his pieces ergonomically. His... [more]
Posted by Kate Wolf on 10/16/11

Constable at the Academy

The sketch is at first simply a great plan transmitting to eye and hand or arm the picture itself for reasons that will become clear. All of a piece, cloudy masses. Then it is seen as an instrument on the broad plane, registering a simple mass of light on field and river, say, in one or two movements. Finally the conveyance of a thought. This latter will have some consequences along with the elaboration of the plan. The light will be unaffected. The Shakespearean method applied to Constable,... [more]
Posted by mulrooney on 4/30/07
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