Minimalist steel sculpture
James Prestini (Connecticut/Chicago/Italy/California 19o8-1993) was born in Waterford, Connecticut. He earned a Bachelors of Science from Yale, studied in Stockholm with Carl Malmsten, then studied with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Chicago, and later studied sculpture in Italy for several years. Prestini taught at several institutions, including the New Bauhaus in Chicago where he became close friends with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Mies van der Rohe and Herbert Bayer, in the summer 0f 1944 he taught at the prestigious Black Mountain College in North Carolina with Josef Albers, and later established the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prestini is internationally recognized for his minimalist steel sculptures using I-beams, H-beams and tubes.
This work is an early steel sculpture, before the artist began polishing the his works to gain a mirror effect.
Measures 18″ x 12.5″ x 3″