Florence Alston Swift

Florence Alston Swift – 1940s Large abstract painting of flowers and wine glass on a table by American modernist artist F. Alston Swift.. Florence Alston-Swift (1890-1977) was born in San Francisco, CA in 1890. Swift began her studies as an artist at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, (later the San Francisco Art Institute) in San…

Kinetic Sculpture by Takis

Kinetic Modernist Sculpture by Takis Kinetic sculpture by Vassilakis Takis, (Panayiotis Vassilakis Takis). The sculpture consists of a circular spun aluminum band body, with a mounted u-shaped steel magnet that attracts three steel sewing needles that float in the open inner space of the ring, suspended with monofilament line. The sculpture is signed and has…

Jimmy Ernst Construction

Jimmy Ernst – 1968 Mixed media construction by American artist Jimmy Ernst. Jimmy Ernst (American/German 1920-1984), was the son of important German surrealist artist Max Ernst.  Jimmy was an important and influential 20th-century American artist associated with the American surrealism movement and the New York abstract expressionism movement. Jimmy’s works have been included in many…

Luba or Hemba Prestige Stool

Early 20th-century prestige stool with a female caryatid carved by a Luba or Hemba artist of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The DRC, formerly Zaire, is a sub-Saharan country of Central Africa.  Luba and Hemba peoples are known for their wood carvings, particularly prestige stools.  The hierarchy of society for these cultures is signified…