biography of Claire FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

Birth place: Coos Bay, OR

Death place: Venice, CA

Addresses: San Fran., 1940; Berkeley, CA, 1947; Paris, 1950-65; Venice, CA, 1966-73

Profession: Sculptor, painter, printmaker, illustrator, designer, teacher, lecturer

Studied: UC Berkeley (A.B.)

Exhibited: Mus. Non-Objective Painting (now Guggenheim); San Fran. Women Artists, 1934-46; SFMA, 1935, 1940 (solo), 1941 (solo),1942 (prizes, solo), 1949 (solo); San Fran. AA, 1937, 1939; Oakland Art Gal., 1938 (prize); GGE, 1939; Riverside Mus., 1940; New Orleans AA, 1941 (prize); AV, 1942; AIC, 1945, 1947; CPLH, 1945, 1946, 1948; Inst. Contemporary Arts, London, 1953 (solo); Il Segno Gallery, Rome, Italy, 1958; Inst. Contemporary Art, Boston, 1959; Art for Use, Louvre, Paris, 1962; Carnegie Inst., 1964; WMAA, 1964; PAFA, 1964; Fresno Art Center, 1969 (solo); Martha Jackson Gal., NYC, 1970s; LACMA, 1980; Oakland Mus., 1982; Fresno (CA) Art Mus., 1997 (retrospective)

Member: San Fran. AA; San Fran. Women Artists; Arch. Lg.; NSMP; Calif. WC Soc.

Work: Golden Gateway complex, San Fran.; Oakland Mus.; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Piedmont (CA) H.S.; WPA murals, hospitals in San Francisco, Oakland, CA; Univ. Southern Calif.; UCLA; Addison Gal. Am. Art, Andover, MA; BMA; BMFA; Guggenheim Mus., NYC; LACMA. Commissions: floor to ceiling stair railing for Gal. Sapzio, Milan, Italy & for Gal. Stadler, Paris, France; fire-screen for Baron de Rothschild's chateau; fountain, Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; plus other fountains, gates & murals for private homes, U.S. & abroad, including gates for Peggy Guggenheim's palazzo in Venice and for Princess Pignatelli's house near Rome.

Comments: A sculptor, she produced more than 4,000 modernists works, and was best known for her "never-ending" screens, tubular fountains, and wild steel, bronze, and glass gates. Position: teacher, Anna Head School and UC Berkeley, 1930s, Mills College, Oakland, 1939-48, Calif. School of FA, 1948-50. Illustrator: Salt and Seeds, 1941. Contributor: Magazine of Art. Also appears as Von Falkenstein.

Sources: WW73; WW47; WW40; Hughes, Artists in California, 174; PHF files; Falk, Exh. Record Series.