American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Mark Sfirri, American, born 1952

Rejects From the Bat Factory: The Organics!

2002

Ash

36 × 24 × 6 in. (91.44 × 60.96 × 15.24 cm)
Ruth and David Waterbury, B.A. 1958, Fund, and Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
2002.96.1
Mark Sfirri is particularly well known for his multiaxis turning, which he exploits in his series Rejects from the Bat Factory. The humor that Sfirri brings to much of his work is very evident in this piece, with its obvious reference to America’s favorite pastime, baseball. Sfirri began this series in the early 1990s. This piece is notable for its use of organic forms, particularly in some of the bats’ twisted and knotted handles.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
Made in New Hope, Pennsylvania
Status: 
By appointment
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2002,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003): 149.

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