May 18, 2014


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Lot 267: Mary Bowling

Lot 267: Mary Bowling

The Pleiades

c. 1956
Signed and titled verso; retains partial Dalzell Hatfield Galleries label verso
Intarsia: 15" x 27.875"; Frame: 15.75" x 28.75"
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,875
Inventory Id: 12267

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Korean-American artist and designer Mary Bowling (1917-1995) is known for her intricate mosaics comprised of elements such as glass, beads, mirror shards, and tile. She moved from California to New York to become an industrial designer and worked for Raymond Loewy & Associates before returning to Los Angeles to teach at the Chouinard Art Institute. Famous commissions include murals for the International Ballroom (formerly Bali Room) at the Beverly Hilton, the General Petroleum Building, as well as stained glass window designs for St. Edmund's Episcopal Church of San Marino, California.

Through her pioneering work for the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), Eudorah Moore (1918-2013) organized groundbreaking exhibitions that introduced the world to California design. Her legacy began when she founded the Pasadena Art Alliance in 1954 where she soon became an instrumental figure in the arts and crafts community. She served as the curator and director of the California Design Programs of the Pasadena Art Museum, and was also the design curator from 1962-1977. Moore invited artists from every field of arts, crafts, and design, often incorporating recreational and outdoor activities such as playground sets and skateboards with Southern California's best art and design. The resulting exhibitions presented the textiles, tapestries, pottery, and furniture that comprised a distinctly Californian lifestyle. "She is one of the most important people in the history of California design," said Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design. "What was really extraordinary is that she had the ability to recognize what was important at the time it was being made." From 1978-1981, Moore served as the visual arts coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nelson, Valerie J. "Eudorah Moore dies at 94; early ambassador for California design." Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2013. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.