Credit: John Sullivan, The Huntington Library 4. Collection of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. In 1994, after years of battling the California Department of Transportation Caltrans over the planned extension of the Foothill 210 Freeway and the impending threat to his home and property, Maloof negotiated a settlement under which Caltrans agreed to relocate his home and compound to another site. Maloof died in 2009, having become a nationally recognized leader of the American studio furniture movement, which favored the aesthetics of the handmade over mass-production. When he died in 2009 at the age of ninety-three, Sam Maloof was easily the most famous living furniture maker in America, and possibly better known in his time than any American furniture maker has ever been. Credit: John Sullivan, The Huntington Library 2.
The home that he and his wife, Alfreda, created for themselves in Alta Loma, California - hand-built in large part by Maloof himself - was filled with art, and it provided a gathering place for the richly diverse and closely interconnected art, craft, and design community. Nelson uses the word house in a metaphoric sense, but the title is well chosen. What it produces has no element of surprise or feeling that an object made by hand may have; it leaves no room for change. Many stayed to enjoy the Southern California climate and the supportive environment of such a diverse, educated, and affluent milieu. For the next several decades they made this parcel of land their home, raising their two children, advancing a career, assembling a collection, and finding constant inspiration and solace in the beauty of their surroundings. Music Stand and Chair, Sam Maloof 1916 — 2009 ; Double Music Stand 1969 and Chair 1972 , Brazilian Rosewood.
Customer service is our top priority! Access codes may or may not work. Maloof worked in a home and studio that he built and furnished in nearby Alta Loma, expanding it from a one-room cottage in 1953 to the ten-thousand-square-foot house, now home to the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, which was required to hold his ever-expanding collection of the work of the dozens of artists living and working around Claremont who were his close friends and associates. Due to publication deadlines, photographs of the exhibition, as is almost always the case, could not be included in the catalogue. A description of the curatorial process could have provided insight into the connections between objects and makers. The introductions to fellow artists Maloof made through Sheets, including noted designer Henry Dreyfuss, would prove to be an important source of early commissions as well as lifetime friendships. Busch, Jonathan Leo Fairbanks, Kay Sekimachi, and Tia Vasiliou. Sheets was also an early friend and supporter of Maloof, employing him as his studio assistant from 1945 until 1947, when Maloof set out on his own to make furniture full-time.
He received early encouragement from some of the leading figures in contemporary design, including the New York- and Pasadena-based industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. The collection was displayed in his home with a corresponding lack of consciousness. The house that he built and the art with which he surrounded himself were not so much a collection of objects that could reveal a narrative of artistic influence as they were a collection of his relationships with others, a recording of individual friendships embedded in those objects. The Art, Craft, and Design Community of the Postwar Pomona Valley Although he built his home in Alta Loma, a more rural and affordable community east of Claremont, Maloof was a central part of the lively Pomona Valley art community.
They are questions well worth thinking about. Apparently not, but why not? That respect for individual vision, coupled with the strong sense of community among Pomona Valley artists, asks questions about the nature and importance of artistic influence. It was a milieu characterized by a plethora of talent, optimism, and mutual support. Exhibition: The Huntington, San Marino 24. Nelson - University of Manitoba Libraries The house that Sam built : Sam Maloof and art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985, Harold B. The diversity of the work presented is a celebration of the individual artistic vision that was so valued and nurtured by the Pomona Valley art community rather than a collective artistic sensibility.
Isbn 9780873282482 Other physical details col. Customer service is our top priority. Credit: John Sullivan, The Huntington Library 5. The House That Sam Built is not about the house that Maloof actually built over a period of thirty years, room by room and largely by hand, to contain his overflowing collection of books, artworks, pottery, baskets, turned bowls, sculptures, furniture, and found objects. The exhibit features the furniture of mid-century craftsman Sam Maloof 1916-2009 as well as works completed by 35 of his friends and colleagues, including one of my favorite painters Karl Benjamin b.
Collection of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. By 1945 Claremont had emerged from the Depression as a regional art center under the leadership of a youthful and dynamic Millard Sheets, who was named the first member of the art faculty of Scripps College in 1931 at the age of twenty-five. That apparent casualness belies the focus and deliberateness with which Maloof lived his life. More practically, the Claremont colleges also provided employment for these artists. These two essays are the weakest of the group.
By the time he was awarded a John D. Presumably the selections were made so as to create the most coherent and representative exhibition of the work of the Pomona Valley artists. Star Angel, 1950-51 by Jean Ames 1903 — 1986 ; Enamel on copper. Nelson set out to mount an exhibition that would bring attention to the diversity and influence of the Pomona Valley art scene. The home that he and his wife, Alfreda, created for themselves in Alta Loma, California - hand-built in large part by Maloof himself - was filled with art, and it provided a gathering place for the richly diverse and closely interconnected art, craft, and design community.
Review by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945—1985 Harold B. . The home that he and his wife, Alfreda, created for themselves in Alta Loma, Californiahand-built in large part by Maloof himselfwas filled with art, and it provided a gathering place for the richly diverse and closely interconnected art, craft, and design community. An exhibit titled : Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985, opens today September 24th and runs through January 30, 2012 at The Huntington. Item may show signs of shelf wear.
Exhibition: The Huntington, San Marino 24. Gift of Jean Goodwin Ames. Alfreda Maloof in dining room of the Maloof home, about 1964. The original Maloof house now sits on a nearby property that includes gardens and a functioning workshop and is maintained by the. Blending elements of Shaker furniture and Danish modern design, it was comfortable in every sense of the word, yet recognizably his own. Usually ships in 1-2 business days, Real shipping costs can differ.