American sculptor Albert Paley is one of the world’s foremost metal sculptors, perhaps best known for the Portal Gates that he created for the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. A Philadelphia native, Paley attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where, in 1966, he earned a BFA in Sculpting, with a minor in Metalsmithing. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Goldsmithing, and worked for several years as a jewelry designer.
Paley’s work includes a wide range of public and private sculptures and commissions, at major institutions around the country including the Naples Museum of Art and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was the first metal sculptor to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor bestowed by the AIA, the American Institute of Architects.
Elegant and Engaging
Paley’s varied fields of study and mastery lend a unique visual aesthetic to his work, which blends bold structural forms with seemingly light handed, elegant shapes. “In creating a work of art, besides my personal experience, my concern is how it emotionally and intellectually engages the viewer,” Paley has said of his creative process.
Paley is an expert at taking metal and making it feel like flowing drapery, bending and manipulating it like fabric, or pulled taffy. His combination of art, craft, technique, and design, all meld together to create pieces that are unique and powerful, while maintaining a distinct functionality separate from their inherent beauty. His works are inviting and yet curious, visually striking and yet approachable.
Freeman’s is thrilled to offer five unique pieces by Albert Paley on April 6th at the 1000 Years of Collecting: The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection sale, including several pairs of candlesticks, a table lamp, and a coffee table, pictured above, which sat in the living room of Mr. Kaplan’s Washington, D.C., apartment. The artist has made only 50 coffee tables to date.
To be offered 014/06/2017: Albert Paley (American, b. 1944), Coffee Table 1991, Patinated, forged and fabricated steel, glass. Estiamte $8,000-12,000. & Albert Paley (American, b. 1944) "Sphere" Floor Lamp, 1994 Estimate $8,000-12,000