Ron Nagle

Ron Nagle
Chewing Gum Monuments


Beautifully produced and scarcely seen catalogue published on the occasion of Californian artist Ron Nagle’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2015, Chewing Gum Monuments.

In Chewing Gum Monuments, Nagle created an installation with more than 20 new sculptures and a series of recent drawings. The works combine the perfection that comes with 40 years of experience with the immediacy of a well-composed song. All works in the exhibition are reproduced throughout this book in full-colour, large reproductions.

Although small in size, Nagle’s objects have a monumental presence. Since the 1970s he has worked on an idiosyncratic oeuvre that helped to propel traditional studio ceramics into the arena of fine art. He has united two seemingly irreconcilable worlds: abstraction and the traditional cup form.

Nagle uses a carefully chosen palette of paints and glazes, which are meticulously applied, often in several layers. The finish matches the transcendent beauty of 16th-century Momoyama ceramics even if the day-glo accents and matte spray paints reinforce the objects’ contemporary character. Nagle’s roots are in California’s hot-rod culture and his attraction to the “Finish Fetishism” of the West Coast art scene.

In addition to the sculptures, the museum also exhibited several of Nagle’s drawings. In recent years drawing has become a substantial part of his artistic practice. The direct expression afforded by drawing inspires him to explore new directions. Nagle makes the drawings in the evening, after a day of working in the ceramic studio, while watching endless reruns of his favourite Charlie Chan episodes. The iterative act induces a state of peripheral cognition in which the drawings “flow” automatically. Nagle considers these drawings flat sculptures in which the black lines of the graphite, the cloudy white paint and the gold glimmers express an instant beauty: the quality he strives for in his three-dimensional work. These works are also reproduced in full here.

Also includes texts, biography and bibliography.

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Ron Nagle
A Survey Exhibition: 1958 - 1993



Lavishly illustrated with colour photography of Ron Nagle’s ceramic work from 1958 to 1993, this now scarce monographic catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Ron Nagle – A Survey Exhibition: 1958 – 1993” at Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland in 1993.  Catalogue Essay by Michael McTwigan. Nagle has been described as “One of the most sophisticated sculptors to emerge on the West Coast.” He has been recognized as a master colorist and pioneer in the development of low-fire ceramics and multiple glazing techniques.

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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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West Coast Ceramics
Keramisch beeldhouwwerk uit de Verenigde Staten

Catalogue for “West Coast Ceramics”, the 1979 exhibition held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Artists include; Ken Price, Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, Richard Shaw, Ron Nagle and Peter Voulkos.

Catalogue design: Wim Crouwel, Arlette Brouwers, Total Design

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