Adrian Saxe

The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe

Adrian Saxe, the contemporary Californian ceramist, takes his inspiration from such diverse sources as Chinese bronzes, French porcelain garnitures and American pop culture, to produce pieces which are astonishing and entertaining technical tours de force. Their sumptuous glazes, richly ornate materials and elegant forms are leavened with refreshing doses of humour and post-modernist references to numerous art-historical traditions. A Chinese ritual vessel is topped by a high-heeled shoe; a gilded gourd-shaped jar sprouts Mickey Mouse ears complete with sparkling earstud; an aubergine mutates into a teapot. Occasioned by the 50th birthday of the artist, “The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe” is an survey of his achievement featuring 85 works, many photographed from several angles with enlarged colour views. Authoritative commentary is provided by Martha Drexler Lynn and Jim Collins of Notre Dame University.

In a 1993 review of Saxe’s work, art critic Christopher Knight wrote:

“With outrageous humor and unspeakable beauty, he makes intensely seductive objects that exploit traditional anthropomorphic qualities associated with ceramics. Having pressed the question of the utility of his own art in a post-industrial world, his work engages us in a dialogue about our own place in a radically shifting cultural universe. The result is that Saxe has become the most significant ceramic artist of his generation.”

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Choice from America: Modern American Ceramics
Arthur C. Danto, Janet Koplos


Published by the Kruithuis Museum Collection in The Netherlands in 1999, this large hard-cover volume profiles the important ad diverse ceramic work of American artists Robert Arneson, Ronald Baron, Christina Bertoni, Kathy Butterly, William Daley, Richard Devore, Robert Forman, Viola Frey, David Gilhooly, Andrea Gill, Wayne Higby, Graham Marks, James Melchert, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Ken Price, Adrian Saxe, Rudolf Staffel, Robert Turner, Peter Voulkos, Betty Woodman, Rhonda Zwillinger. The work of this incredible grouping of artists is photographed in glorious detail and reproduced very large across the numerous page-spreads that profile each and every artist.
A very visual book!

Includes essays by Arthur C. Danto and Janet Koplos, and photographic portraits of all the artists alongside in-depth bibliographies. An incredible resource.

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Clay Today
Contemporary Ceramists and Their Work

A catalogue of the Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  This publication showcases the collection, one of the most outstanding selections of contemporary vessel ceramics in the world. The goal of this collection, begun in the 1970s, was to gather works by living artists, that showed their diversity, energy, and intellectual concerns. It is composed principally of works from 1979 to 1988, with a core representative of southern California potters. For background on the interwoven histories of English and American studio potters in the development of the clay movement, work of European and especially English artists are represented, including works that illustrate a technique or “moment” to show a specific genre. The catalogue profiles 64 ceramists through biographies, photographs, and discussions of the artist’s work.

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