JOIN RAGO AUCTIONS ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
FOR A TALK BY MARK SFIRRI,
"WHARTON ESHERICK: THE RELUCTANT WOODWORKER"
Rago Arts and Auction Center
333 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Thursday, October 16 during the preview for Rago's 20th C. Design Auctions.
The auction house opens to the public at noon.
A reception begins at 5 p.m., Mark will speak at 6 p.m.
"Wharton Esherick: The Reluctant Woodworker" explores about the life and work of Esherick as it relates to the development of the studio furniture movement in the United States. He will touch on the variety of work that Esherick produced beyond furniture and sculpture, as well as the stylistic changes during his career.
Mark Sfirri designs and constructs furniture and sculpture, mostly in wood, incorporating lathe-turned forms on multiple axes in his work. He studied furniture design under Tage Frid at Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a BFA and MFA. He has lectured and demonstrated his techniques throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. He has written eighteen articles on design, technique, and history for a number of craft publications.
Since 2006 Sfirri has been researching the life and work of woodworker Wharton Esherick. He has authored or co-authored six articles about him for Woodwork and Journal of Modern Craft. He served on the curatorial team that organized Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern held at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and he spoke about Esherick's block prints in the accompanying symposium. In 2011 and 2012, Sfirri presented lectures on Esherick in Fairhope, Alabama, where Esherick lived for several influential years early in his career. This year, he spoke on Esherick at a symposium, which was part of the Paul Evans Retrospective at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.
RSVP to 609.397.9374, ext. 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to RSVP in advance, please join us if you can. All are welcome.