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coper/rie catalog-ny shows

updated mon 29 mar 99


Frank Gaydos on sun 28 mar 99

I spent a productive day in NY City on Friday. Here are my impression of
four ceramic related exhibits=3B

The two ceramic shows at the Metropolitan were wonderful:

=22Clay into Art=22- Contemporary Ceramics from the collection, was very =
with some of the Rie/Coper work from their retrospective show. Seeing the
Ron Nagles was worth the trip itself. Other artists include: Staffel,
Odundo, DeVore, Takaezu, Higby, Daley, Currier, Price, Saxe, Kottler,
Ah-Leon, Notkin, Duckworth, Woodman, Autio, Lucero, Mason, and Voulkos ,
among others.

But the highlight was:

PICASSO: PAINTER AND SCULPTURE IN CLAY. The show was an eye-opener for me.
The early work was somewhat rough and the glazing haphazard. But, you could
see as Picasso kept working with the clay his design and glazing technique
really started to sing. He used ready mades from a ceramic factory and only
cut the clay to fit pieces together or apply strips. For more info:

Meanwhile at the American Craft Museum=3B
A surprise show was the =22Art and Industry: Contemporary Porcelain from
S=E8vres =22 This was a beautiful show of 150 works in porcelain by 40
International Artists. The invited artists had the run of the place. Artists
represented in this landmark exhibit include: Alexander Calder, Serge
Poliakoff, Borek Sipek, Adrian Saxe, Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Louise
Bourgeois, Betty Woodman and Jim Dine, plus many, many more.

A companion show along the same lines is =22Rorstrand: Swedish Art Nouveau
Porcelain from the Schreiber Collection =22 Only the work and the guest
artists are from the turn of the century. A hundred years old and it still
looks great.
For more information:

Frank Gaydos
510 Gerritt St.
19147-5821 USA