Voulkos at MAD New York
New York’s Museum of Arts and Design teams up with its former director, internationally-recognised craft authority Glenn Adamson, to mount a special Peter Voulkos retrospective. the exhibition spotlights work created during the Californian ceramist’s “breakout” years.
On view till 15 March 2017 at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years explores early-career work of the famed artist. Created between 1953-1968, the selection of small to large scale vessels reveals Voulkos’ experimental spirit; pushing the scope of ceramic techniques into new formal realms. Instrumental in the Abstract Expressionist movement of the time, he was the first to combine traditional wheel throwing methods with epoxy paint, figuration with abstraction. This is best edified in Rocking Pot (1956). With large punctures giving way to loosely-adhered saber forms, the over-turned bowl was seen as radical As pieces became larger over time, Voulkos applied a new emphasis on internal structural engineering. In this regard, the MAD exhibition follows and equally proportion- and time-based progression.
Curator Glenn Adamson explains his motivation for the show: “Nearly everyone involved in ceramic art has a Voulkos story to tell. He was a charismatic figure, and his influence was tremendously important for the history of the medium. This exhibition gets past the personality and follows the progression of his ideas in this crucial period of his career. It is fascinating to see him wrestling his materials into new forms, producing one breakthrough moment after another.”
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years: till 15 March 2015
Museum of Arts and Design: 2 Columbus Circle, New York