Ceramics (US) 1942-1998

 

Primarily the north-eastern US. 

However, the Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian and its interest is national.

 

 

 

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Apocalype 42, 1942, terracotta and engobe. 

Victor Schreckengost, 1906-2008, American.  Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

 

 

 

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Fountain, porcelain urinal, 1950 version of 1917 original.

Marcel Duchamp, American born France, 1887-1976.  Philadelphia Art Museum.

One of the founts of artistic creativity since Duchamp’s time even if ‘creative’ is a generous description for some of this production.

 

 

 

 

 

Work (Mask), 1952, unglazed Bizen stoneware. 

Isamu Noguchi, 1904-1988, American.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother and Child, terracotta, 1956.

Elizabeth Catlett, 1915-2012, American sculptor and printer.    Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

The artist, an African American, left the United States in 1946 to escape from racism.  Though she lived and worked in Mexico for the rest of her life and was much influenced by Mexican artists on the left of the political spectrum, she continued to receive major commissions and acclaim in the US. 

 

 

 

 

Rudolf Staffel, 1911-2002, American

artist and artisan of both glass and ceramics, a watercolorist and a designer, gave the name Light Gatherers to twelve translucent porcelain pieces which he made between 1965 and 1981 in an experiment about the transmission of light. 

 

 

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Potting very thinly, the artist squeezed and distorted the clay on the wheel.  Where the wall of the pot collapsed, he would add patches and straps and decorative elements. Some pots are hand built.  He stretched and folded the clay.  He also scored it with striations of many shapes. 

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The artist made his own porcelain composition to achieve the maximum translucency and was experimenting with this composition until late in life.

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Sometimes he introduced mineral washes to make pale blues and greens and sometimes he introduced pigment into the clay. The artist did not glaze his porcelain.

He said he wanted his work to contain and transmit light.

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Porcelain, 1965-1985,  Rudolf Staffel, 1911-2002, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

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Convertible Car, c. 1971, earthenware, gold and silver luster glaze. 

Patti Warashina, American born 1940. Smithsonian Renwick Museum, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

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Veil, terracotta, ropes, hair, 1975.

  Marisol, 1930-2016, American born France.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

 

 

 

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Merfrog and her Pet Frog, 1976, glazed earthenware.

David James Gilhooly, 1943-2014, Whitney Museum of N. American Art, NY

 

 

 

 

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Whistling in the Dark, 1976, glazed terracotta.

Robert Arneson, 1930-1992, American.  Whitney Museum of N. American Art, NY

 

 

 

 

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Mike Goes Back to T, 1980, glazed porcelain with overglazed transfer.

Richard Shaw, American born 1941.  Whitney Museum of N. American Art, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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Window created for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, 1982, 40 porcelain tiles washed with copper salts, each handcrafted and applied to frosted glass, wood frame. 

Rudolf Staffel, 1911-2002, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

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Me Man, 1983, glazed ceramic. 

Viola Frey, 1933-2004, Whitney Museum of N. American Art, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, porcelain.

  Jeff Koons, American born 1955.  On display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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Milk and Honey, 1994-96, two thousand porcelain objects, glass and wood.

Charles LeDray, American born 1960.  Whitney Museum of N. American Art, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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Static Fuel, 1998, earthenware and oil paint.

Steven Montgomery, American born 1954. Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

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Grandmother with Vase, 1998, ceramic. 

Viola Frey, 1933-2004, American.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia