Rye Arts Center To Auction Irving Harper’s Work

Irving Harper's  Photo By: Katharine Dufault
Irving Harper’s
Photo By: Katharine Dufault

Irving Harper who is 98 years old is ready to have his work enter the art market.

Irving  Harper has agreed to donate for auction one of his whimsical, never before seen paper sculptures. This is the first time that a Harper sculpture has ever been made available for sale by the publicity shy design genius.

Harper is recognized for his midcentury designs while working for the George Nelson Office,  but Harper is less well known for the innovative works of paper that he has created in his personal time.

A selection of these creations are now found at the RAC gallery in an exhibition that opened in September, and has since had its closing date extended twice due to popular demand. Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play opened to rave reviews and continues to attract art lovers of all ages. This selection will close on  January 24, 2015.

Harper personally selected a colorful and vibrant snake to be the first, and perhaps only, of his works to make its way into the art market. The sculpture is comprised of hundreds of hand cut paper diamond shapes, encircled within a plexiglass case (24”x20”x 7.5”) that Harper created specifically for the piece. The whimsical serpent currently sits proudly in the center of the Rye Art Center gallery, ready for viewing.

Helen Gates, RAC’s Executive Director states, “Mr. Harper is a creative genius. The first-time auction of any artist’s work is always exciting, and to have it happen here at The Rye Arts Center is an honor. We are grateful for Irving’s generosity and all that it will make possible for our gallery and outreach programs.”


This  live auction Harper’s work will take place during a celebratory cocktail party on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 5-7 pm at The Rye Arts Center which is located at 51 Milton Road in Rye, NY.

Sealed bid submissions will be accepted through January 7, 2015. Details on the event, ticket price, and auction information may be found on the RAC website: or by contacting Helen Gates at 914-967-0700, ext. 27.






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