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Accelerated Point

Claire Falkenstein, American, (July 22, 1908–October 23, 1997)

Creation date: 1974
Creation place: United States

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Type: Copper Sculpture
Medium and Support: Copper tubing
Credit Line: Gift of the Docents of the San Diego Museum of Art and the National Endowment for the Arts
Accession Number: 1974.8.a-c
Dimensions: 60 1/2 in. x 192 in. x 252 in. (153.67 cm x 487.68 cm x 640.08 cm)
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Provenance

Claire Falkenstein, Venice, California (1974 - 1974)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1974 - )

Label Copy

5.21.2021
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Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) was one of the most experimental and international sculptors of the twentieth century. She worked in Tokyo as part of the ‘Gutai Group’, as well as Paris with ‘Art Autre’, New York, and Los Angeles. 
Fascinated by the way art can interrelate with science, she was inspired by Einstein’s ideas of infinite space in her use of repeating and intersecting sculptural forms.  
She created 
Accelerated Point in 1974 specifically for the San Diego Museum of Art Wimmer Pool.  In this work the space between forms is explored with the elements of air, metal, and water. The industrial copper tubing gives the sculpture weight to balance the lightness of its open forms, will patinate naturally over time with the water and air surrounding it, and creates a dynamic sense of motion.  



Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego
May S. Marcy Scultpure Court and Garden brochure c. 1975
Motion is a byword which can be applied to the work of this dedicated Southern California artist. The rhythms of the sculpture are intend to be in complete concert witht flowing water which is its setting as well an an integral part of the artist's concept. A sensitivity to life's rhythms and motions is the core of her creative expression. Her works seem in constant movement as they twist and turn in upon themselves.

San Diego Museum of Art
May S. Marcy Scultpure Court and Garden brochure c. 1978
Motion is a byword which can be applied to the work of this dedicated Southern California artist. The rhythms of the sculpture are intend to be in complete concert witht flowing water which is its setting as well an an integral part of the artist's concept. A sensitivity to life's rhythms and motions is the core of her creative expression. Her works seem in constant movement as they twist and turn in upon themselves.

Last Updated: 5/21/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego: May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden , 1/1/1975 - 00/00/00

San Diego Museum of Art: May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden , 1/1/1978 - 00/00/00

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