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Garry Knox Bennett | Lamp #91

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Garry Knox Bennett | Lamp #91
All items are original, and signed by the artist(s).
Garry Knox Bennett
Oakland, California

Lamp #91
Mixed materials, 22" tall


Garry Knox Bennett is not, as he puts it, a "twirler," but turned parts from other artists and woodworkers often find their way into his work. Bennett is well-known for his creativity and craftsmanship, and as the maker who pointedly pounded a nail into the front of a impeccably-crafted piece of fine furniture he'd just made, sending shockwaves through the fine woodworking world.

According to an article on the American Craft Council website, "Bennett, a consummate designer and exacting craftsman, played an influential role in freeing American studio furniture from the constraints of traditional practices and expectations. In a defiant act crystallizing his desire to free technique from being an end in itself, Bennett drove a 16-penny nail prominently into the upper panel of his beautiful and luxurious six-foot-tall Nail Cabinet and added some hammer impressions for good measure. From the catalog: “The nail became the focal point of the work, loudly proclaiming the Nail Cabinet to be the statement of the unique, thinking individual and anything but the product of the anonymous craftsman.” "

About Garry Knox Bennett

Garry Knox Bennett is an internationally known furniture maker, currently represented by Gallery NAGA Boston; then, Winfield Gallery Carmel CA; Reform Modern Gallery Los Angeles. Garry's work is represented in many private collections as well as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Mint Museum of Art+Design, NC; Museum of Art and Design, NY (formerly the American Craft Museum); Atlanta Museum of Art; Montreal Museum of Art; Oakland Museum, CA; Racine Art Museum, WI; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

A major retrospective of Garry's work was initiated at the Museum of Art and Design, NY (formerly the America Craft Museum) in January 2001, which included a venue at the Oakland Museum in California. The exhibition was documented with an extensive book on his work; "Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Knox Bennett". Garry has taught and lectured extensively in the US as well as in Canada, Australia and the UK. Garry received the 2004 Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society and is honored as Fellow of the American Craft Council. In 2011 Garry received the James Renwick Alliance Master of the Medium award in Washington DC.