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Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997) was a painter, printmaker, jewelry designer, and sculptor best-known for her large-scale metal and glass sculptures. In the 1930s, she studied with Alexander Archipenko at Mills College and met László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes, while there. In 1950, Falkenstein moved to Paris, where she lived for thirteen years with a studio on the Left Bank, meeting such luminaries as Alberto Giacometti. Out of economic necessity, she began working with nontraditional materials such as wooden logs, stovepipe wire, and lead bars in innovative ways. She referred to her works as “structures” rather than sculptures, paintings, or prints. She is known for her public pieces, including sculptures, stained-glass, fountains, and screens. The Long Beach Museum of Art named it’s restaurant “Claire’s at the Museum” in her honor. In 1978, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts.

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Untitled, 1976
Work: 31.5 x 22 in (80.01 x 55.88 cm)
Frame: 36.25 x 27.5 in (92.08 x 69.85 cm)
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  • Dimensions
    31.5 x 22 in (80.01 x 55.88 cm)