EXPOSED | Heads, Busts, and Nudes

Ferrin Contemporary presents:

EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes
group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1965–present

1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
SHOW EXTENDED through September 5, 2016
June 18–September 5, 2016

EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes is an exhibition of figural ceramic sculpture from 1965 to the present and features masterworks from estates and private collections alongside recent work direct from artist studios.

This group of noted American and British sculptors explores themes that range from social realism to otherworldly surrealism to abstraction of form. The overview illustrates how early practitioners in Californias Bay Area during in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Stephen De Staebler, continue to inspire artists today. Known for their use of clay in combination with painted glaze surfaces, these artists challenge presumptions and their work defies easy categorization as sculpture, decorative arts, or studio craft.

The exhibit that takes place at Ferrin Contemporary’s gallery in western Massachusetts presents a selection of available works by living and deceased artists featured in the accompanying catalog EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes. The publication includes an introduction by curator Leslie Ferrin and an informative essay by author and independent curator Mark Leach highlighting the seminal moments and interplay between artists and their mentors.

View the catalog below and click here to purchase print catalog.

* offered from private collections

July 10th, 3–5pm  CLAY IS HOT!
Explore issues of contemporary art in depth with experts in the field. The panelists; Mark Leach, independent curator and writer; Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, author, editor, and independent curator; Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston; and Doug Anderson, private collector; will focus on the value and future of private collections. Held right in the gallery, there will be time for discussion and meeting the presenters. Event is open to the public and free of charge. Click for more.

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