Unconventional chairs from Oakland, California

Posted By on February 13, 2010

Garry Knox BennettThese sculptural chairs are made by Garry Knox Bennett who is an internationally known furniture maker and artist.
His art is represented in many private collections as well as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts;
the Mint Museum of Art+Design, NC;
Museum of Art and Design, NY (formerly the American Craft Museum);
Atlanta Museum of Art;
Montreal Museum of Art;
Oakland Museum, CA;
Racine Art Museum, WI;
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

His Nail Cabinet of 1979 was pivotal in the history of contemporary furniture making, the ultimate challenge to the quest for technical purity. He created the cabinet for the Contemporary Artisans Gallery in San Francisco using the most sophisticated craftsmanship, then drove a bent 16p nail into the upper door and surrounded it with hammer marks on the polished surface. Some viewers were outraged, to the point that the nail was stolen from the cabinet and had to be replaced. But it was a defining moment, heralding the new spirit of iconoclasm in the world of art.

Much more of  Garry Knox Bennett’s work can be seen on his website :  Garry Knox Bennett’s Furniture

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5 Responses to “Unconventional chairs from Oakland, California”

  1. carrie says:

    Those chairs are awesome!

  2. Tomas says:

    Wow! Your chairs warmed my heart in a literal sense of a word. Your works are just awesome – look fine indeed. Your soul talks through the wood. Thank you for that inspiring message.
    Your chairs awake me to dreams – embellish my room and face with the grateful smile.

    best wishes from http://artbytomas.blogspot.com/

  3. That’s reallya great museum. When I was there back in 2002 I learned alot. Such awesomeexhibits.

  4. Works of art indeed! Beautiful job, keep it up! Looking forward to seeing more great ideas!

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