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Claire Falkenstein
20th Century American Modern Sculptor
American, (July 22, 1908–November 9, 1997) Falkenstein studied for a summer at Mills College with sculptor Archipenko whose Dancer is nearby. She received her degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Falkenstein produced work in Paris from 1950 to 1963. She is well-known for the monumental iron and colored glass gates she created in 1961 for the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the art patron who lived in Venice, Italy. From the 1950s on, her work is based on concepts like the moving point and structure as unending movement. Her sculpture involves line and movement, much as Jackson Pollock’s “drip” paintings. She received the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year Award in 1969.
Death
October 23, 1997, Venice, California

Exhibitions
2008: "Thirty Years of California Modernism," September 25 - December 31, 2008, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2006: "Claire Falkenstein: Structure and Flow, Works from 1950-1980," Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
2005: "Insatiable Desires," March 2 - April 16, 2005, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
2004: “The Modernist Jewelry of Claire Falkenstein,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
2000: “The First Decade: Celebrating 10 Years Specializing in 20th Century Art,” May 11 - August 10, 2000, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, New York
1999: "The Museum: 1960 - 1969, Highlights from the Collection and Archives of the Pasadena Art Museum," February 7 - May 9, 1999, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, California
1997: "Claire Falkenstein, Looking Within - a Point of Departure," September 9 - November 9, 1997, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California
1996: “Index 17: California Artists,” March 5 - April 27, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1996: "LA Current: The Female Perspective," April 16 - August 4, 1996, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
1994: Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1994: Parsons School of Design and Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.
1993: Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, California
1993: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1992: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1991: Hippodrome Gallery, Long Beach, California
1990: Lori LeBoy Studios, Los Angeles, California
1989: "Chance and Choice," November 17 - December 23, 1989, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts,Los Angeles, California
1988: Modern Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1987: Gallery Stadler, Paris, France
1987: "Simultaneity 1936/86," Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
1986: Anita Shapalsky Gallery, New York, New York
1986: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
1985: Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
1985: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1984: Helen Lindhurst Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1984: "Claire Falkenstein Selected Works, 1945 - 1984: sculpture, painting, assemblage, graphics," April 28 - June 9, 1984, William & Catherine Hemmerdinger Gallery, Palm Desert, California
1983: City Hall, Los Angeles, California
1983: "Claire Falkenstein," July 25 - July 30, USC Idyllwild, Idyllwild, California
1982: Loyola-Marymount University Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1981: Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, California
1981: "Clarie Falkenstein Installation and Recent Work," April 24 - May 30, 1981, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1980: "Claire Falkenstein," January 8 - March 9, 1980, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
1980: Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon
1979: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
1979: "Sculpture '79," April 20 - June 17, 1979, Fine Arts Galleries and Grounds, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, California
1978: Tate Gallery, London, England
1978: "Claire Falkenstein," September 14 - October 19, 1978, Neill Gallery, New York, New York
1977: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1977: "California Women in Crafts," Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
1976: Dorothy Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1976: Smith Anderson Gallery, San Francisco, California
1975: Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, Arizona
1975: "Claire Falkenstein: Measurable Only in Probabilities," June 1 - July 31, 1975, Arts Council, Thousand Oaks, California
1974: "Sculpture by Claire Falkenstein," June 30 - September 2, 1974, California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, California
1974: La Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1973: Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1973: Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1972 - 1973: Comsky Galley, Los Angeles, California
1972 - 1973: "Claire Falkenstein: Structure and Flow," November 21, 1972 - January 6, 1973, Rodolphe Stadler Gallery, Paris, France
1972: Galerie Stadler, Paris, France
1972: Utah State University, Logan, Utah
1971: Sherman Foundation, Newport Beach, California
1971: "Claire Falkenstein: Tour of Italy - 1960," Malvina Gallery, San Francisco, California
1970: "Art and Technology," Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
1970: "An Exhibition of the Sculpture, Painting and Ceramics of Claire Falkenstein," January 5 - 23, 1970, California Federal Savings and Loan, Los Angeles, California
1969: "Claire Falkenstein," October 5 - 26, 1969, Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, California
1968: "Claire Falkenstein, Recent Sculpture and Painting," June 15 - July 14, 1968, Gordon Woodside Gallery, San Francisco, California
1968: Seligman Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1967: “The River of The Sea,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
1967: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
1966: "40 Key Artists of the Mid-20th Century," Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
1966: Hollis Galleries, San Francisco, California
1965: "The Art of Personal Adornment," Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Museum of Art & Design), New York, New York
1965: "American Sculpture," Musee Rodin, Paris, France
1964: “Claire Falkenstein,” Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1964: “Whitney Museum Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1963: II Traghetto Gallery, Venice, Italy
1963: California State University, Long Beach, California
1962: "Structure e Stile," Museum of Modern Art, Tornio, Italy
1962: "Artists Objects," Musée des Art Decoratifs, Musée du Louvre, Paris
1961: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
1961: Gallerie II Canale, Venice, Italy
1960: Gallerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany
1960: “Whitney Museum Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York , New York
1959 - 1960: Gallery Mayo, New York, New York
1957 - 1960: Gallerie Stadler, Paris, France
1959: Gallery Notizie, Turin, Italy
1959: "Arte Del Vitalite," Pallazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
1958: Gallery II Segno, Rome, Italy
1958: Notizie, Associazione Arti Figurative, Turin, Italy
1958: San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), San Francisco, California
1957: Zoe Dusanne Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1957: Rome-New York Art Foundation, Rome, Italy
1956: Gallerie Rive Droite, Paris, France
1956: "Sculpture D'un Temp Autre," Galerie Interieurs, Angers, France
1955: Gallery Stadler, Paris, France
1954: Gallery Spazio, Rome, Italy
1954: Gallery Rive Droite, Paris, France
1953: Institution of Contemporary Art, London, England
1953: "Americans in Paris," Gallery Craven, Paris, France
1952 - 1953: "Jeune Sculpture," Musee Bourdelle, Paris, France
1952: “Werkbund,” Berlin, Germany
1951: American Embassy, Paris, France
1949 - 1950: "Realities Nouvelles," Paris, France
1949: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1949: M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California
1948: San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), San Francisco, California
1948: “Second National Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1947: M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California
1946: "Abstract & Surrealist Art," Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
1944: Solomon M. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
1944: California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California
1944: Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
1940 - 1942: San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), San Francisco, California
1930 - 1931: East-West Gallery, San Francisco, California

Collections
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
University of California, Los Angeles, California
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Venice, Italy
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
California State University of Long Beach, Long Beach, California
California Federal Savings and Loan, Los Angeles, California
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
International Center of Aesthetic Research, Torino, Italy
Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, California
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Roman Catholic Archdiocesse, Saint Basil Church, Los Angeles, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Work History
1958: Teacher, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
1955: Art Critic for the “New York Herald Tribune,” Paris, France
1948 - 1950: Teacher, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
1947 - 1949: Northern California Art Critic, “Arts and Architecture,” Los Angeles, California
1945 - 1948: Teacher, Mills College, Oakland, California
1937 - 1943: Teacher, California Extension Program, San Francisco, California
1930 - 1937: Teacher, Anna Head School, Private school for girls, Oakland, California

Education:
1930’s: B.A. in Fine Arts, University of California, Berkeley, California
1933: Mills College, Summer sculpture class with Alexander Archipenko, Oakland, California

Born
July 22, 1908, Coos Bay, Oregon


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