Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos
Retrospective

Published in conjunction with the 1995 touring Japanese Museum retrospective of work by the pioneering late artist/ceramicist Peter Voulkos, this is the beautifully designed and printed first-edition Japanese catalogue from the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (Jan 2 – Feb 20, 1995) and  The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. (Feb 28 – April 2, 1995), which comes housed in an elegant printed cardboard slipcase. A very rare volume, and in our opinion the most stunning of books on the work of Peter Voulkos.

Profusely illustrated with wonderful colour photo documentation of his many works, accompanied by an essay by Rose Slivka.

In 1954, Voulkos founded the Ceramic Center at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, which gave birth to the West Coast Abstract Expressionist ceramics movement. He later became a highly influential educator at UC Berkeley while continuing a vital career that included work in bronze sculpture and wood-fired stoneware.

* Condition: Very Good-Fine (a clean, tight copy protected in it’s original cardboard slipcase with only light tanning to backside) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Art International
Vol. XI/4 April 20, 1967

Art International, Vol. XI/4 April 20, 1967
Published and Edited by James Fitzsimmons
Advisory Editors: Umbro Apollonio, Jorge Romero Brest, Lucy R. Lippard, James Mellow.

Features: Jacques Kaplan, Clement Greenberg, Anne Truitt, Anthony Caro, Carl Andre, Ronald Bladen, Robert Smithson, Lucy R. Lippard, Larry Poons, Colin Self, Eli Bornstein, Bridget Riley, Maurice de Sansmarez, Nanda Vigo, Victor Vasarely, Marcel Broodthaers, Arman, Roberto Crippa, Richard Smith, Howard Hodgkin, Avinash Chandra, Mary Preminger, Dan Flavin, Steve Kaltenbach, DeWain Valentine, Leonard Esbensen, Craig Kauffman, Kenneth Snelson, Morris  Louis, Franz Kline, Aubrey Beardsley, Sam Francis, Richard Tuttle, Paul Klee, Gary Kuehn, Tony Smith, John Wesley, Jack Beal, Antonin Artuad, Nicholas Krushenick, Colin Self, Lucio del Pezzo, Peter Voulkos, Leonard da Vinci, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Ludwig Sander, Yves Klein, Edward Kienholz, Adolph Gottlieb, and many more.

Art International was a highly regarded international art journal based in Switzerland from 1957-1984. With international editors and contributing writers, A.I. was issued 10 times per year and was published and edited by James A. Fitzsimmons.

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Color and Fire

 

Drawn from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Color & Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000 accompanies a major touring exhibition on the history of ceramic art in the second half of the twentieth century. Illustrated with more than 250 color photographs, Color & Fire explores the roles of key artists and the major stylistic movements they developed during the decades of pioneering innovation.

Based on the premise that the history of studio ceramics can be regarded as a series of breakthroughs or milestones, Color & Fire highlights the moments when talented artists came together to produce work in clay that challenged traditions and promoted aesthetic freedom. In the early years of the twentieth century, pottery was primarily mass-produced in factories, where specialists in wheel throwing, glazing, and kiln firing worked under a system of divided labor. In the 1930s and 1940s, ceramists such as the renowned team of Gertrud and Otto Natzler began to perform all of these exacting functions-from mixing clay to firing kilns-in their own studios, creating one-of-a-kind pots, breathtaking in design and construction. Since that time, ceramic art has followed a metaphorical journey from the earth to the air, as concerns with utility, materials, and techniques have given way to abstract conceptual considerations.

In Los Angeles in the 1950s, Peter Voulkos and his students upset the traditional values of craft pottery and the Bauhaus- inspired “form follows function” doctrine by creating nonfunctional, oversized, off-kilter vessels with cracks and holes, along with massive Abstract Expressionist monuments. In the 1960s in northern California, Robert Arneson and his students shattered taboos against clay as a sculptural medium in the oversized, off-kilter vessels with cracks and holes, along with massive Abstract Expressionist monuments. In the 1960s in northern California, Robert Arneson and his students shattered taboos against clay as a sculptural medium in the hands of potters with their radical, irreverent, and satirical “Funk” pieces. Today, no longer confined to the decorative arts or other craft categories, ceramic artists around the world explore an unlimited range of influences, styles, and ideas, engaging in a graceful and inventive dialogue with centuries of ceramic tradition.

A celebration as well as a valuable art-historical survey, Color & Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000 showcases the finest works form the unparalleled collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Accessible to the novice as well as to the enthusiast, the book includes essays by Grechen Adkins, Garth Clark, Jo Lauria, Rebecca Niederlander, Susan Peterson, and Peter Selz.

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Nine West Coast Clay Sculptors 1978


Very scarce catalogue published to accompany an exhibition curated by Margie Hughto at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, September 29 – December 3, 1979; Arts and Crafts Center of Pittsburgh, February 24 – March 18, 1979.
Features the work of Robert Arneson, Karen Breschi, Stephen de Staebler, David Gilhooly, Marilyn Levine, David Middlebrook, Kenneth Price, Richard Shaw, and Peter Voulkos.

Text by Judy S. Schwartz. Acknowledgments & Foreword by Margie Hughto, Adjunct Curator of Ceramics. Each artist with a one page write-up profile with images, notes and biographies.

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