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Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

By Tom Ran

Published: October 7, 2014 under Art

Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

Photo: The Rye Arts Center

Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

During the 1960’s as the director of design for George Nelson’s office, Irving Harper’s graphic and industrial design work were seen and experienced by millions. But in the privacy of his home, he found solace in crafting intricate paper sculptures for an audience of one. They were hidden away unbeknownst to the public until Metropolis magazine profiled Harper in 2001 revealing a body of work that numbered in the hundreds. From then on, his paper sculptures were the focus of attention whenever Harper was profiled. Last year Rizzoli and Maharam published a book devoted to his paper works. And now Rye Arts Center is exhibiting 77 pieces from the collection. “Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play” is the first time these sculptures are on view to the public. The exhibition has been on open since September and will be on view till December 6th.

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