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Sergei Isupov

Location
Cummington, MA

Born
1963, Stavrapole, Russia

Education
1990 Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia, B.A./M.F.A. Ceramics
1982 Ukrainian State Art School, Kiev

Upcoming, Current and Recent Exhibitions
2014

Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Inciteful Clay, Touring Exhibition, Foosaner Art Museum,Mebourne, FL, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT
40th Anniversary of Kohler Arts and Industry, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Collaboration and Revelation, Kohler Arts and Industry 20th Anniversary Exhibition Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Promenade, solo show at Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sergei Isupov in Europe, exhibition in Vallauris, France, June–August

2013
Animal Stories, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Clay Bodies, Barry Friedman Ltd., New york, NY
Body & Soul, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Selections from Current Projects, Ferrin Contemporary at Project Art, Cummington, MA
Solo Exhibition: Call of the Wild, Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY

Collections
Arkansas Center for the Decorative Arts, Little Rock, AR
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Tallinn Museum of Applied Art, Estonia
Museum of Applied Art, Tuman, Russia
Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Summe, Ukraine
Oslo Museum of Applied Art, Oslo, Norway
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Norwegian Museum of Art, Tronopjew, Norway
Museum of International Ceramics, Keckemet, Hungary
Museum fur Angewandte, Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Past Exhibitions
2012
COVET, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA, SOFA New York
Heated Exchange, Vulcan Materials Gallery, Alabama School of Fine Art, Birmingham, AL
Clay and Prints: 8 Artists in Two Mediums, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2011
Art Miami, Ferrin Gallery, Miami, Fl
Collective Minds: Selections from the Contemporary Ceramic Collection of Patrick Doust and Richard North, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, IL
Claybodies: Reinterpreting the Figure, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
Luminous Impressions: Selections from Littleton Studios, The Art Galleries, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL
Pursuit of Porcelain, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA, SOFA NY, ArtSanFrancisco, San Francisco, CA

2010
The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories, Albany Institute, Albany, NY
Nude in Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
Different Lines: Drawings by Craft Artists, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA
Couples, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield MA
ReObjectification, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield MA
The Hermaphrodites: Living In Two Worlds, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Transcending the Figure: Contemporary Ceramics, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
Corporeal Manifestations, Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Illumination, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA

2009
Androgyny, Solo Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Daum Museum of Art, Sedalia, MO
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Figuration to Fragmentation: The Human Form in Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

2008
Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection, Museum of Arts + Design, New York, NY
Solo Exhibition, Androgeny Sculpture, Painting, Drawing; Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Voices, NCECA Invitational Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA

2007
Solo Exhibition: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing; Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA and Pittsfield, MA
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

2006
Harvey K. Littleton and Friends: A Legacy of Transforming Object, Image, and Idea, Western Carolina University Museum of Fine Art, Dullowhee, NC
The Edges of Grace: Provocative, Uncommon Craft, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Life Insight: The Human Experience, The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY
Resident and Invited International Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation: North Gallery, Helena, MT
Surface Tension, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, South Australia
The Body Ceramic, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

2005
The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Curator, Garth Clark
SOFA Chicago, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Transformations: the Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
120 Definitions of Temptation, Korea Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005, International Invitational Exhibition, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju City, Republic of Korea
30 Ceramic Sculptors; John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Portraiture: Patron – Artist – Subject, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
A Tale to Tell, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Particles and Passion: The Art of Clay, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
House of Wonder: Surrealism + Still Life + Objects of Curiosity, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox,MA
SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY
Terra Sutra: Erotica II, Montage Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Excess: A Group Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Faunatical: Ceramic Artists and the Forms of Nature, 35th Annual Ceramics Exhibition,, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI

2004
Standing Room Only, 2004 Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual, Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Clairemont, CA
A Family of Artists, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2003
Triennial 9 Form and Content: Corporal Identity, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY & Museum fur Angewandte, Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Trans-mission, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
Short Stories, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
Vivat! Chamotte, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum of Art, USB Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, NY
Solo Exhibition, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
Being Human: The Figure Expressed, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Erotic Life of Clay – Sex Pots, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2002
Tastefully Tawdry, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Major Figures: Group Show of Figural Ceramics, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
The Figure in Ceramic, Lewis & Clark College; Portland, OR; Catalogue
Figural Ceramics, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
Big Head: Ceramic Sculpture on a Heroic Scale, Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX
Biological Mutiny, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Terra Sutra: 21st Century Erotic Ceramics, Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Being Human: The Figure Expressed, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Modern Bestiary: Artists View the Animal Kingdom, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

2001
American Ceramic Art at the New Millennium, World Ceramics Exposition, Seoul, Korea; Catalogue
Clay 2001,  Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
National Clay Invitational, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC
Erotica in Ceramic Art II, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
31st Annual Ceramics Exhibit, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
Expressing the Human Form, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

2000
Everson Ceramic National, The 30th Ceramic National Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Catalogue
Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Catalogue
Masterworks from the Collection, Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte,  NC ; Catalogue
Confrontational Clay: The Artist as Social Critic: A Touring Exhibit with Exhibits USA, Curated by Judith Schwartz, University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL, January 2000 – October 2001; Catalogue
Bridge VI, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
New Sculpture, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
Body Parts, Group Show, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
The Nude in Clay II, Curator Karen Johnson Boyd, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine WI,

1998
Self Portraiture in Contemporary Art, Group Show, JB Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
5th Scripps Ceramic Annual, Curator Cindy Kolodziejski, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Juror, Torbjorn  Kvasbo, Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
To Have and To Hold, Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Dress Up, Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

1997
New Clay, Two Person Show, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA
All Figural: Many Media, Contemporary Art from the Kamm Collection, California State University, Northridge, CA
Go Figure: A National Ceramic Invitational, Curator Kevin Hluch, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

1996
Altered States: Contemporary American Ceramics, Denver Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO
Bags and Baggage: New Form/New Function, Juror Ruth Cloudman, Arrowmont School for the Arts, Gaitlinburg, TN

1995
Solo Exhibition, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Solo Exhibition, Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1993
Solo Exhibition, Mosabaka Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Solo Exhibition, Vasa Gallery, Falun, Sweden
International Art Expo, Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea
International Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia
International Symposium, Kecskemet, Hungary
From Dreams to Reality, Northern European Art, traveling the Baltics, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark

1992
Eastern European Ceramics, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Traveling USA

1990
New Soviet Art, Fourth Dimension Gallery, San Francisco, CA
USSR Ceramists, Charity Exposition, Hammer Center, Moscow
Oslo International Ceramics Symposium, Norway

Workshops & Lectures
2012
Alabama Clay Conference, Birmingham, Al
Image and Form Workshop, Travel Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009
Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Workshop, Mesa, AZ

2008
James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Lecture, Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC
James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Workshop: Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
Metropolitan State College of Denver, Workshop and Lecture

2007
International Ceramics Studio, Artist Residency, Kecskemet, Hungary
Estonia, University of Tallinn, Artist in Residence

2006
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Lecture and Workshop
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Artist Talk
Jam Factory, Adelaide, South Australia, Artist in Residence
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT Artist in Residence, International Symposium
Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, Figurative Sculpture in Porcelain, three week session

2005
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, workshop presentation
California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Guest Lecture and Workshop Presentation
Yixing Conference, Yixing, China, Guest Artist

2004
Hawaii Craftsmen Society, Honolulu, HI, workshop presentation
Huinoeau Art Center, Maui, HI, slide show
Kawai Crafts Guild, Kawai, HI; workshop presentation
Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, NC, printmaking residency

2003
Artist in Residence; John Michael Kohler Arts Center,
Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company, Kohler, WI
Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, NC, printmaking residency
Clay Art Center; Portchester, NY; workshop presentation
Santa Fe Clay; Santa Fe, NM; visiting artist
American Craft Council Southeast Regional Conference; Longwood College, Farmville, VA; workshop presentation

2001
NCECA, Charlotte, NC; Demonstrating Artist
State University of New York, New Paltz, NY; workshop presentation

2000
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, workshop presentation
Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, Figurative Sculpture in Porcelain, two week session
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, Ceramic National Panel
Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL, lecture and demonstration
Carnegie Museum of Art and Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, lecture
Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, NC, printmaking residency

1999
SOFA New York, Interview with Judith Schwartz
University of Akron, Ohio, workshop presentation
Southern Illinois University, workshop presentation

1998
Spruill Center for the Arts, Edwardsville, IL, workshop presentation
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY workshop presentation
New York University, New York, NY, workshop presentation
Scripps College, Los Angeles, CA, workshop presentation

1997
Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, workshop presentation, Washington DC
SOFA Miami 1997, Miami, FL, slide presentation

1996
Indiana State University Southeast, New Albany, IN, workshop presentation

1995
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, slide lecture

1994
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, slide lecture

1990
Oslo International Ceramics Symposium, Oslo, Norway, 1990

Awards, Fellowships & Grants
2001
Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award
1996
Smithsonian Craft Show Top Award for Excellence, Washington, DC
1995
Juror’s Merit Award for Excellence in Ceramics; Transitions ‘95,
Kentucky Arts Council Marketing Program
1993
Director’s Scholarship, six-week residency, International Ceramics Center, Kecskemet, Hungary
1991
“Best Young Estonian Artist” (under age 30) by the Union of Artists of Estonia, Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Estonia
1990
Invitation Scholarship to 1990 Oslo International Ceramics Symposium

Selected Publications
Art and Antiques, May 2004, “All Fired Up” by  Bobbie Leigh
American Style, 2003, “Fragile” by Jane Friedman
“Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection” by Mary Douglas; 2000; Mint Museum of Craft +
Design; Charlotte, NC
American Ceramics, 13/2 (May), 1999, “Sergei Isupov”,  by Rick Newby
American Craft Magazine, February, 1999, “Sergei Isupov”, by Karen Chambers
American Craft Magazine, October 2001, “Ceramic National 2000″, by Janice T. Paine
Ceramics Monthly, April, 2000, “Erotic Clay”
Ceramics Monthly, February, 1999, “Nude in Clay”
Ceramic Arts & Perception, 1999, Issue 38, “Erotica in Ceramic Art, Sexual, Sensual & Suggestive”, by Leon Nigrosh
Ceramics Arts & Perception, 2003, Issue 51, “Sergei Isupov: On Multi-Stable Ground”, by Glen Brown
Lauria, Jo. Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000. Rizzoli International Publications, New York, NY, 2000
Schwartz, Judith. Confrontational Clay: Artist as Social Critic, 2000
Zakin, Richard. Electric Kiln Ceramics, 2005
“Everson Ceramic National 2000″, by Tom Piche, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Triplett, Kathy. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Exporations of a Timeless Design, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2002
500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2004
“Kerameiki Techni”, International Ceramic Art Review, Issue 30, Dec. 1998,
“Sergei Isupov: From Stavropol to Louisville”, by Karen Chambers
Hopper, Robin. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, Krause Publications, Inc., Iola, WI, 2004
Morgenthal, Deborah. Penland Book of Ceramics: Masterclasses in Ceramic Techniques, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2003
Del Vecchio, Mark.  Postmodern Ceramics, Thames & Hudson; New York, NY, 2001
Mathieu, Paul. Sex Pots: Eroticsm in Ceramics, Rutgers University Press, Rutgers, NJ, 2003
Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object, GUILD Publishing, Madison, WI, 2000
Meilach, Dona Z. Teapots: Makers and Collectors, Schiffer Publishing, 2005
Clark, Garth. The Artful Teapot, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, NY, 2001
Osterman, Matthias. The Ceramic Narrative, A&C Black Publishers, London, UK, 2005
Osterman, Matthias. The Ceramic Surface, A&C Black Publishers, London, UK, 2002
Thirty Ceramic Sculptors; 2005, John Natsoulas Press, Davis, CA
The Figure in Clay. Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, 2005
Financial Times, July 25 2009, “Nature is right outside my door” by Brook Mason
“Androgyny”, an essay by Sonya Bekkerman, Catalog for solo exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Daum Museum of Art, Sedalia, MO
Ward, Gerald W. R. and Julie M. Muniz. Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, MFA Publications, 2008
Schwartz, Judith. Confrontational Ceramics, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Burkett, Richard. Masters: Porcelain, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY, 2008
“Voices: Invitational Exhibition”, 2008, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
The Basso & Brooke Issue, ‘Ornament’, “Lullabies”, Summer 2008

“My work portrays characters placed in situations that are drawn from my imagination but based on my life experiences.  My art works capture a composite of fleeting moments, hand gestures, eye movements that follow and reveal the sentiments expressed.  These details are all derived from actual observations but are gathered or collected over my lifetime.  Through the drawn images and sculpted forms, I capture faces, body types and use symbolic elements to compose, in the same way as you might create a collage.  These ideas drift and migrate throughout my work without direct regard to specific individuals, chronology or geography.  Universalism is implied and personal interpretation expected.   Through my work I get to report about and explore human encounters, comment on the relationships between man and woman, and eventually their sexual union that leads to the final outcome – the passing on of DNA which is the ultimate collection – a combined set of genes and a new life, represented in the child.”  Often called an erotic Surrealist for his daring representations of sexuality, relationships, and human encounter, Isupov takes narrative subject matter and merges it with ceramic sculptural form. Drawing on personal experience, and human observation, he creates works that integrate autobiography with universal narrative. He states, “Everything that surrounds and excites me is automatically processed and transformed into…an artwork. […] The essence of my work is not in the medium or the creative process, but in the human beings and their incredible diversity. When I think of myself and my works, I’m not sure I create them, perhaps they create me.” While the robust, and racially distinct facial traits make each sculpture unique, they also make the body of work capable of representing universal experiences. The bold color palette, heavily tattooed faces, and textured surfaces relate these works to the aesthetics of traditional Russian art, as well as to contemporary styles of illustration.

These works on paper are available through Ferrin Contemporary and the Racine Art Museum. Please contact us for more information.

 

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Upcoming and Current Exhibitions

January 2014–2015

Inciteful Clay, Touring Exhibition, Foosaner Art Museum,Mebourne, FL, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT

February 23–June 8

Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

March 7–April 22

Promenade, solo show at Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

March–August 31, 2014

40th Anniversary of Kohler Arts and Industry, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

June 5–Nov 17, 2014
Workshop  June 30–July 3, 2014

Here and There | International Biennial of the Vallauris Institute of Art, Vallauris, France