James Melchert

Abstract Expressionist Ceramics
John Coplans (Ed.)

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.

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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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