Claire Curneen

THE WOMEN at Ferrin Contemporary

THE WOMEN at Ferrin Contemporary

THE WOMEN

Ferrin Contemporary presents selected works by women artists whose primary medium is clay. On view in the gallery and online, we introduce new works by emerging and established artists along with masterworks available from private collections and artist archives.

ON VIEW IN THE GALLERY
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
through Dec 31, 2017
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Susan Thayer, “Return” teapot, 2016
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CRISTINA CÓRDOVA

Upcoming: CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA
Solo Exhibition at Alfred Ceramic Art Museum
Opening February 2018

Cristina Córdova, “Cabeza I con pájaro,” small head, 2017
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KADRI PÄRNAMETS

Kardri Pärnamets’ biomorphic forms are a canvas for paintings drawn from art history’s iconic images of women. Currently on view in THE WOMEN at Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA.

The Turkish Bath after Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, teapot, 2016
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CHRISTIE BROWN

Featured in EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes
our recent exhibition of figural ceramic sculpture from 1965 to the present featuring masterworks by noted American and British sculptors.

Christy Brown, “Ghost Portrait” 2015, ceramic sculpture.
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CLAIRE CURNEEN

one of Great Britain’s most well-known figural sculptors

On view in THE WOMEN
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
through December 31, 2017

Claire Curneen, “Mary Magdalene” 2015, ceramic sculpture.
Click for more work by Claire Curneen.
Click to view EXPOSED catalog.

CRYSTAL MOREY: WORK IN PROGRESS

Introducing artist Crystal Morey to be featured in
Revive, Remix, Respond: Contemporary Ceramic Artists at The NY Ceramics & Glass Fair and The Frick Pittsburgh in 2018
Crystal Morey, “Entangled Wonders: Across a Divide” 2017–8, work in progress.
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TOSHIKO TAKAEZU: PENNINGTON COLLECTION

The Margaret Pennington Collection includes works for sale by pioneering female artists Ruth Duckworth, Viola Frey, Elsa Rady, Toshiko Takaezu, and Patti Warashina.

Toshiko Takaezu, “Untitled Form #53” 1990.
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LINDA SIKORA: Upcoming at NYCGF

New works by Linda Sikora to be featured at
The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

Lecture Saturday, January 21, 4:00 pm
“American Studio Pottery — Making of a Movement”
Join Linda Sikora and Mark Shapiro in a conversation about divergent backgrounds, training, and influences as a way to touch on significant themes in postwar North American ceramics. Moderator Adrienne Spinozzi is Assistant Research Curator of American Decorative Arts, The American Wing, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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STUDIO POTTERY AND DESIGN: IN THE SHOP

Visit our square shop to purchase available works by Laura Andreson, Kim Dickey, Karen Karnes, Linda Sikora, Jenny Mendez, Dorothy Hafner, and Kadri Pärnamets.

Linda Sikora, “Cruet Set”, c.1990.
Browse the Shop.

WOMEN CURATORS AND ARTISTS AT NYCGF

Curators and Artists in Conversation at the
New York Ceramics and Glass Fair
Friday, January 19th

“Revive, Remix, Respond: Contemporary Ceramic Artists”
Dawn Brean with Crystal Morey, 2:00 pm
“Time Travel in the Period Room”
with Elisabeth Agro, Barry Harwood, Sarah Carter; 4:00 pm

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STUDIO POTTER: WOMEN IN CERAMICS

Women in Ceramics Vol. 45 No. 1
In this issue of Studio Potter: nine essays remembering the life of Karen Karnes, a deep investigation of the legacy of women in wood-firing, several narratives about artists’ personal journeys in clay, artist profiles, and international perspectives.
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Click to request complimentary issue online.

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CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: Buy, Sell, Give

CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: Buy, Sell, Give

CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: Buy, Sell, Give

Join us in the gallery at Ferrin Contemporary
Connoisseurship: Buy, Sell, Give
on Sunday, July 10, 2016, 3pm
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
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CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: BUY, SELL, GIVE is a moderated panel discussion among art professionals and collectors presented in the Ferrin Contemporary gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, on Sunday, July 10, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Moderator Leslie Ferrin will lead panelists in a conversation-style discussion and exchange with the audience about issues surrounding changes taking place in and impacts on public and private collections. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Ferrin explained “We are in the midst of ‘The Great De-accession,’ the result of a generation of baby boomer artists and collectors downsizing simultaneously. Starting with the question of what to do ‘when the kids don’t want it,’ those who are in the midst of this dilemma are leading the way and finding successful approaches to shifting of collections, archives, and libraries. In the process, a by-product is the development of a new generation of collectors, curators, and art professionals who are involved in exploring various strategies to build collections and establish legacies for the artwork of the late 20th and early 21st century.“

The panel will address issues especially relevant to those who wish to sell and give and will discuss the challenges of sharing information about their collections. For many who were born before the computer was a commonly used tool, it is daunting to prepare documentation that establishes provenance and insures their legacy in what is now predominantly a digital world. For those who bought (and sold) at the peak of the market, the results from artwork sold at auctions now can be quite surprising as they create first time public records for living artists and establish new, lower values that are subsequently used in appraisals. While sellers are carefully considering their options, buyers are finding collecting in the 21st century increasingly easy due to the level playing field created by the Internet where access to information and markets are readily found with a Google search.

This conversation about how these trends are impacting each of the panelists and their answers to “what to do when the kids don’t want it” will also be available as a video on YouTube.

 

THE PANELISTS

The panel will consist of Doug Anderson, art collector; Mark Leach, independent curator and author; Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, author, editor, and independent curator; and Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston.

DOUG ANDERSON

Dale and Doug Anderson began collecting studio glass in the middle of the 1970s. This led to an exploration of the Studio Crafts movement as well as Northwest Coast tribal art and Chinese cultural relics. At the turn of the 21st century, Dale began to collect contemporary photography (primarily Chinese) with an eye attuned to subject matter that both attracts and repels viewers. Dale was the primary collector with Doug playing a supporting role as an activist on behalf of artists through his positions on the boards of Creative Glass Center of America and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. As their collection grew and Dale’s interests changed, Doug’s role was to arrange for donations and sales of more than 1,500 works from their collection to 14 museums in the United States and London. Doug and Dale were both members of the Board of Trustees at Pilchuck Glass School for 15 years and co-founded AIDA, the Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts.

MARK LEACH

A native of Pittsfield, Mark Leach is a contemporary arts curator, author, and consultant. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was the Founding Director of the Mint Museum of Craft & Design. Mr. Leach is a former trustee of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the American Craft Council and served on the Advisory Board of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Leach has served as curator, essayist, and editor throughout his career. He has held curatorial posts in contemporary art in Arkansas, Montana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio. He has authored many articles for arts publications and published numerous texts featuring individual artists and craft genres. His book Michael Lucero: Sculpture 1976–1995, established this artist as a leader in the field of figural sculpture.

SUZANNE RAMLJAK

Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, and curator, is currently editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator at the American Federation of Arts, New York. Ramljak was formerly editor of Sculpture magazine and of Glass Quarterly, as well as associate editor of American Ceramics. She has authored several books and catalogues, among them Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Her new book series, Art à la Carte, will launch next year with the first volume, Busted: Contemporary Sculpture Busts. Ramljak has been a contributor to numerous other publications including Objects and Meaning: Readings that Challenge the Norm; Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design; and Innovation and Change: Ceramics from Arizona State University. Ramljak has worked in the curatorial departments of the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Among the exhibitions she has curated are: “Elie Nadelman: Classical Folk,” “A Disarming Beauty: The Venus de Milo in 20th-Century Art,” and “Seductive Matter.”

EMILY ZILBER

Emily Zilber is the first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is responsible for the MFA’s contemporary decorative arts program. Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has edited and written for numerous publications; speaks regularly on topics related to 20th and 21st century decorative arts, craft, and design; and is a founding member of the Boston-based consortium The Commonwealth of Craft.

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EXPOSED — opening reception

EXPOSED — opening reception

SATURDAY JUNE 18  |  OPENING RECEPTION of  EXPOSED: HEADS, BUSTS, AND NUDES

Join us at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
on Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 6pm for the opening reception for

EXPOSED: HEADS, BUSTS, AND NUDES

a group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1950–present 
June 18–August 7, 2016

Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Jeanclos George, Gerit Grimm, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, Beatrice Wood

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Save the date: DISH + DINE  July 10, 3–9

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