© Gaetano Pesce
Title: Airport Lamp
Date: designed 1986, made 1993/94
Artist: Gaetano Pesce
Italian (active New York), born 1939
Medium: urethane, lead, light bulbs, and fiberglass fishing rods
lamp assembled: 53 x 60 1/4 x 10 in. (134.6 x 153 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line: Marjorie Wyman Endowment Fund
Object Number: 86:2000a-f
Place made: New York, New York, United States
Current Location: Not On View
This lamp exemplifies Gaetano Pesce's lifelong pursuit to achieve diversity within standardization. For him, "uniformity is what we must fear more than death, since it is death itself." The lamp consists of a flexible membrane of rubber studded with miniature light bulbs and supported by fiberglass fishing rods and lead weights. Although made in a mold, no two lamps are alike: the random mixing and pouring of colored urethane, the unevenness of material, and the inconsistencies that result from the fabrication process become Pesce's elements of differentiation.
Signed: unsigned
1993/1994 - 2000
Gaetano Pesce, New York, NY, USA

2000 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Gaetano Pesce [1]

[1] This piece remained in the artist's studio until it was acquired by the Museum [notes of telephone conversation between Saint Louis Art Museum curator Cara McCarty and Gaetano Pesce, October 2000, notes in SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 6, 2000.

Publication History
Title: Cross-fertilization
Periodical Title: Modernism Magazine
Author: Cara McCarty
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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