Wallace K. Harrison, of the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramowits, which planned the United?
Wallace K. Harrison, of the architectural firm of Harrison and Abramowits, which planned the United Nations Library new under construction, has commissioned Bo Beskow of Sweden and Fritz Glarner of the United States as two of the artists to paint separate murals for the building.
The new library, scheduled for completion this fall, is being constructed, furnished and equipped under a $6,200,000 from the Ford Foundation. The building, with a capacity of some 400,000 volumes, will have six stories--three above ground and three below -- plus a penthouse.
Both of the artist are now at work at UN Headquarters. The mural by Mr. Glarner will be in the entrance lobby of the Library, and the one by Mr. Beskow will be in the penthouse lounge.
Mr. Beskow, who painted the fresco in the Meditation Room of the General Assembly building, is known in Sweden for his frescoes (painted on wet plaster), stained-glass windows and portraits. For the stained-glass windows which he has completed for several churches in Sweden, Mr. Beskow makes his own glass, using a process he developed after studying at Chartres and Canterbury Cathedrals. His work is also in a number of public and private buildings in Sweden. He was at Djuraholm on 13th February 1906.
Mr. Glarner is an internationally exhibited abstract artist. His latest mural was done in the lobby of the Time-Life Building in New York. His work has been exhibited at the Louis Garre Gallery in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Kunsthams (modern museum) in Eurich, and in other cities including Naples, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. His paintings are owned by museums in cities in the United States and abroad. He was born in Eurich on 20 July 1899 and was naturalized a United States citizen in 1944. He lives in Huntington (Long Island), New York.