Michener Art Museum

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism

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March 1 through June 1, 2014
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries


Paul Evans (1931-1987) and Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008), Cabinet, ca. 1962, Welded and patinated steel, colored pigments, wood, 23 karat gold leaf; 32 1/4 x 46 1/8 x 24 1/4 inches, Collection of Merrill Wright. Photograph courtesy Sotheby's
Paul Evans (1931-1987), Cabinet (Skyline Cabinet), ca. 1966, Welded and patinated steel, colored pigments, and brass; 30 1/4 x 75 x 18 5/8 inches, Conn Family Trust. Photography by Jason Wierzbicki
Paul Evans (1931-1987), Cabinet (Forged-Front), 1966, Welded and patinated steel, brass, colored pigments, 23 karat gold leaf, painted wood; 72 1/2 x 34 x 19 1/4 inches. Signed: "PAUL EVANS 66 D", Collection of Dorsey Reading. Photography by Jason Wierzbicki
Paul Evans (1931-1987), Armoire Cabinet (Argente) (PE 43), 1970, Welded and etched aluminum, colored pigments; 80 x 36 x 21 1/2 inches, Courtesy The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT. Photography by Richard Goodbody
Paul Evans (1931-1987), Cabinet (Cat Cabinet), 1971, Wood and epoxy with applied bronze, 79 x 17 x 17 1/2 inches. Signed: "PE 71", Collection of Peter and Jennifer Gleeson. Photography by Nathaniel Willson

Using his welding, metallurgy, and jewelry design skills, designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) established a reputation as a creative designer of unique sculpted metal furniture. Constantly experimenting with new materials, technologies, and designs, his shop operated much like an industrial laboratory, and his highly innovative experimental approaches to metal have attracted an international following, especially over the past decade.

Paul Evans Exhibition Catalogue

This first comprehensive survey of Paul Evans's work will document Evans's role in the midcentury American studio furniture movement, his approach to furniture as sculpture and abstract composition, and his unremitting new approaches to metal. Opening at the Michener and then traveling to Cranbrook Art Museum, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism will be comprised of some sixty-five works, spanning the artist's entire career with choice examples of Evans's early metalwork and jewelry, collaborative pieces made by Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell during the fifties when they shared a studio, as well as a comprehensive selection of Evans's studio work representing his sculpted steel; verdigris copper; copper, bronze and pewter; argente sculpted bronze, and cityscape techniques. The show will also include examples of Evans's sculpture as well as a selection of work he produced for Directional Furniture Company.

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Additional generous support has been provided by Rago Arts and Auction Center.