Claire Falkenstein Print
Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) graduated from UC Berkeley in 1930, took master classes at Mills where she studied with Alexander Archipenko and met Moholy-Nagy. She taught for UC Berkeley Extension and Mills College and then at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) where she taught alongside Clifford Still and Richard Diebenkorn.
Producing some of the earliest non-objective abstract American sculptures, Falkenstein used non-traditional materials such as logs, stovepipe wire, and lead bars. She called her works “structures” and applied this term to her paintings and prints as well. The fine print donated by the Falkenstein Foundation is a vibrant juxtaposition of expansive brushstrokes flying across the paper and an aggregation of mark-making alluding to an amassing form.
Silkscreen, 18 x 24, c. 1970
Donor: Claire Falkenstein Foundation