Portal Gates

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Exhibition Label
Paley was a highly successful jeweler in 1974 when he entered the Renwick Gallery's national competition to design decorative doors for its shop. Little did he know how winning the competition would transform his career. His Portal Gates instantly became an icon for the museum and led to numerous commissions, propelling his practice toward monumental architectural ironwork. Paley's metalwork pays homage to European art nouveau and American abstract expressionism.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
On View
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 207
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor
1974
Object number
1975.117.1A-B
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Commissioned for the Renwick Gallery
Artist
Albert Paley, born Philadelphia, PA 1944
Medium
steel, brass, copper, and bronze
Dimensions
90 3/4 x 72 x 4 in. (230.5 x 182.9 x 10.3 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Decorative Arts
Crafts