Abstract Expressionist Ceramics

This is the exhibition catalogue in which curator and editor John Coplans first coined the term “Abstract Expressionist Ceramics”.

A very rare piece of West Coast ceramics history, this handsome catalogue, designed by James Turrell and printed in a once-only edition of 1000 copies, was published in conjunction with the seminal 1966 University of California, Irvine survey exhibition (“Abstract Expressionist Ceramics”) of West Coast artists affiliated with Peter Voulkos and his pioneering work at the Ceramic Center at Otis Art Institute and the University of California, Berkeley.

Curated by John Coplans, the pivotal figure here is Peter Voulkos, but the catalogue also features incredible and rare photo documentation of the amazing early works of Billy Al Bengston, Michael Frimkess, John Mason, Malcolm McClain, James Melchert, Ron Nagle, Manuel Neri, Kenneth Price, and Henry Takemoto, presented in large colour and black and white photography alongside Coplans’ exhibition essay.

A very special, and super scarce item in the history of West Coast ceramic art.

* Condition: Very Good (only minor shelf wear/light creasing to back cover, internal pages/binding clean and tight)– All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Abstract Expressionist Ceramics
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