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The Four Sculptors Kathryn Bentley Turns to For Inspo (and You Should, Too)

BY liz 03/11/2016

Even a quick glance at Kathryn Bentley’s modernist ‘n colorful jewelry line Dream Collective makes it pretttttty clear she’s a woman with a deep well of sculptural knowledge. But because some of of us might not catch the specific references she’s laying down (guilty), we asked her to give us a crash course on four of her favorites...that are about to become your favorites, too.

 

JEAN ARP

 

“A founding member of Dada art movement—anti-war, anti-bourgeois—he really combined art and politics. I love his poetic repetition of amorphous shapes in his work. My modern art collection is inspired by some of these shapes found in his work.”

 

BARBARA HEPWORTH

 

“She was a woman in a man's world, and one of the very few women artists to achieve international prominence in the art world, especially around the mid-century.”

 

ISAMU NOGUCHI

 

“He connected art and design, which is my main goal, and really influences my work. Noguchi collaborated with Herman Miller Co. to create the now-famous Noguchi coffee table, and he also assisted Brâncuși (another favorite). My own Noguchi cuff is inspired by his piece The Spirit’s Flight, 1969. I'm obsessed with a playground he designed and his earthworks.”

 

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LYNDA BENGLIS

 

“I love her large polyurethane pieces, created in the seventies, and I love her enthusiasm to take on charged subjects like gender and sexuality. I often look at her palette for color inspiration for my enamel pieces.”

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