Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

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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The Navajo Blanket

Large format paperback catalogue beautifully designed by Louis Danziger produced for an exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 27-Aug. 27, 1972.  This publication explores in pictures and words the beautiful, intricate blankets of the Navajo. Beginning with the earliest surviving examples through to the classical period of the 1880’s, this beautifully designed book features 81 Native American blankets and apparel, including technical and material details, history, and stylistic developments.  Published by Praeger Publishers Inc. in New York, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.

Louis Danziger (born November 17, 1923) is an American graphic designer and design educator. He is most strongly associated with the late modern movement in graphic design, and with a community of designers from various disciplines working in Southern California in the mid-twentieth century. He is noted for his iconoclastic approach to design, and for introducing the principles of European constructivism to the American advertising vernacular. In 1998, Danziger was awarded the AIGA Gold Medal for “standards of excellence over a lifetime of work.”

A gorgeously designed publication, for anyone interested in the history of tapestry and textiles.

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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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Happy's Curios

“After settling in Taos, Price began to identify with the folk artists who make roadside monuments and the artisans who produce pottery in villages all over Mexico. He determined to make a body of work, using commercial material and readily available preparations, that was true in spirit to the folk/cottage industry sensibility, that was ‘easy, offhand but utterly assured characteristic’ of ‘low art’ pottery.” The resulting project, “Happy’s Curios,” which Price spent nearly six years working on (the bulk of the decade), culminated with a show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1978″

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