Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics
When Californian ceramists became active in the early 20th century, their geographic independence from long-standing ceramic capitals meant that they weren’t bound by the traditions of their trade or by a preexisting critical infrastructure. A variety of works featured in the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction help chart the history of California’s innovative and untethered ceramic practices.
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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the end of the 20th century
As a reaction to the Modernist demands of earlier decades, various design movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries attempted to unify their craft with the formal qualities of sculpture in order to expose the passivity with which most viewers encountered their medium as well as to redefine their own role as authors of their work.
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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artist Portfolios
Portfolios are unique in that they reveal their artist’s development of and experimentation with a theme. It is as if the artist offers the viewer multiple courses for artistic action for a single prompt.
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Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens
Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.
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Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode
Over the course of his long career, Joe Goode (b. 1937) has explored the nature of perception and the fluid relationship between representation and abstraction. Featured in the Pasadena Art Museum’s 1962 exhibition, “New Painting of Common Objects,” Joe Goode’s breakout “Milk Bottle” series earned him national recognition and a prominent place within the Pop Art canon. Goode characterized his subject matter as “the stuff that [he was] confronted with everyday.” Despite similar historical context, Goode’s commentary diverged from that of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.
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Artist Spotlight: George Rickey
While Rickey applied colors to his early kinetic works, by the 1970s he had largely omitted color as an important element of his sculptural practice. However, during the 1990s Rickey appeared to reconsider his conceptual roots. Soon after he produced his series of model ships, Rickey crafted works that tested Josef Albers’ seminal color theories on the relational exchanges between color and shape to simulate motion on a two-dimensional surface.
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Artist Spotlight: Francis de Erdely
Through his training in Budapest, Madrid, and Paris, the Hungarian-born painter, Francis de Erdely (1904–1959), developed a modern style with a deep respect for the traditions of Classicism. Following the completion of his formal education, de Erdely travelled throughout Europe teaching and studying the technical methods of the Old Masters. It wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, however, that de Erdely established his mature artistic identity.
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