Peter Pincus News

MELTING POINT Featured in Destination Williamstown

“Since re-opening to the public, Ferrin Contemporary has welcomed a record number of visitors to the gallery on the MASS MoCA campus. Their show MELTING POINT is now open and as they prepared for their opening event on Saturday, July 24, we took a minute to catch up with Leslie Ferrin, founder & director of Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams and Project Art in Cummington.

DW: COVID-19 impacted so many industries, but the arts were especially hard hit. How has Ferrin Contemporary adapted to the shifting pandemic landscape?

LF: Last year was a huge challenge. We made zero sales for four months. Luckily, with PPP funding, we kept our staff fully employed and used the time to focus on the artists in our exhibition Nature/Nurture. That exhibition, featuring recent ceramics by 12 women artists, provided an opportunity to integrate digital tools. Every week we profiled an artist through virtual exhibitions and zoom programs pairing available studio work with works on view in the closed gallery. It was a nice way to flex creative muscle and learn some new tricks. …”

Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary

Posted by Lauren Levato in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
Virtual Closing | ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt

Virtual Closing | ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt

ZOOM Virtual Closing Event

Friday, October 9th at 5 pm EST

NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — Art in the Age of Influence: Peter Pincus | Sol Lewitt culminates with a virtual closing event on Friday, October 9th at 5pm, with additional public programming available online.

After a very successful show, the closing event will take place on Zoom and feature a virtual studio visit with the artist, Peter Pincus.

Other programming, such as artist presentations and curatorial conversations with the Everson Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art are available HERE.

Time: Oct 9, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pincus will be broadcasting from his studio in Penfield, NY, and asks all to join him for virtual cocktails and a kiln opening, revealing the third set of jars from his “Jar Drawing” series, inspired by Sol LeWitt.

This is the Pincus’ summer of 2020 favorite cocktail – join us in mixing it at home using the recipe from

LACK BUTTON DISTILLING

Rochester’s First and Finest grain-to-glass distillery since prohibition

EL DIABLO

  • ¾ oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Blanco Tequila
  • ¾ oz Crème de Cassis
  • ½ oz Lime Juice
  • Shake with ice & strain
  • Top with 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • Lime wheel garnish

Leslie Ferrin will be on-site in the gallery, streaming a live view of the exhibition: ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt, and celebrating the closing along with all virtual & socially distanced attendees.

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ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin

ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE
Art in the Age of Influence is a series of solo exhibitions presented by Ferrin Contemporary during 2020-21 season, considers the impact of artist’s source materials on their artistic process and practice.

Good news! Here in the Berkshires, fall foliage is peaking and the governor just announced we are in step 2 of phase 3. Our museums are open, we can enjoy live performances for up to 250 and travel from most nearby states is permitted. The gallery is open Friday and Saturdays, other times by appointment and we’re always up for sharing a meal, hot coffee or fresh beer with our guests under the tent in the courtyard.

VISIT – EAT – STAY

Peter Pincus‘s stunning exhibition is on view through October 11 and at nearby Porches Inn, we are showing a series of tile works by Giselle Hicks. For those who can’t get away, we are scheduling individual virtual tours on zoom, facetime and a closing event is in the works for the final week.

Read more & tour the exhibition HERE.

Leslie Ferrin, director Ferrin Contemporary

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Art in the Age of Influence: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt, features new works by Peter Pincus inspired by three of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings, #340, #422 and #289, as seen first-hand in Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective at MASS MoCA.

Using color theory and formulaic design patterns as points of departure, Pincus creates brightly colored vessels and expansive tile murals. Inspired by Sol LeWitt’s distinctive style, this body of work takes on his influence in their vibrant patterns and forms. LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #422 specifically relates to Pincus’ exhibition centerpiece, a series of 15 large-scale columns that carry colors across the surface of each form which create a large-scale painting when aligned together.

Gallery director, Leslie Ferrin notes “Pincus’ work in this exhibition began during his first visit to our gallery located on the MASS MoCA campus for the opening of a group show, Glazed and Diffused. After a full day exploring Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, we had an animated discussion of how the LeWitt works related to his creative practice. Like LeWitt, Pincus often begins a new series using a premise to explore various possibilities of form and color within a shared framework.”

Pincus’s last solo exhibition in 2018, Channeling Josiah Wedgwood was also a result of direct research into the extensive collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art that informed a series of complex forms based on urns and challices. Now, five years later, Pincus’s work for this 2020 exhibition began with a series of premises based on the color theories and conceptual instructions of Sol LeWitt inspired by wall drawings he first saw in person in 2014. This body of work includes containers, vessels and wall tiles, each a result of extensive research and technical experimentation.

“There is a big difference between being influenced by and being in conversation with. As an artist and educator, I am eager to acknowledge those who have elevated my thinking through their work, and to consciously engage with influence as a productive, and insightful element of studio practice. This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate LeWitt’s approach to making as a foundation, from which I can challenge myself to see new things and grow.” -Peter Pincus

Posted by AxelJ in Blog, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR

Peter Pincus Featured in Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class

Peter Pincus Featured in Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class

Everson Museum’s Online Classes and Studio Tours, featuring Peter Pincus

September 11, 2020, from 1-2:30 pm

Garth Johnson, the Everson Museum of Art’s Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics was joined by Peter Pincus to discuss the exhibition ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt at Ferrin Contemporary, highlighting the influence of Sol LeWitt and the experience of how the show has developed during the Age of COVID.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, Highlights, News

Peter Pincus Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“A day spent exploring in the Sol LeWitt retrospective at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art has inspired a new show by ceramicist Peter Pincus.

“Art in the Age of Influence: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt,” which reopened Ferrin Contemporary on Saturday, features new works inspired by three of LeWitt’s wall drawings, “No. 340,” “No. 422” and “No. 289.” The show is the first of “Art in the Age of Influence,” a series of solo exhibitions, presented by the gallery, which considers the impact of artists’ source materials on their artistic process and practice.

Pincus’ work in this exhibition began during his first visit to our gallery located on the Mass MoCA campus for the opening of a group show…”

Peter Pincus, ‘Scratch Spin Amphora’ 2020, colored porcelain, gold luster, 18 x 8 x 8″ (each).

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News
FERRIN CONTEMPORARY PARTICIPATES IN CERF+ BENEFIT AUCTION

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY PARTICIPATES IN CERF+ BENEFIT AUCTION

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY JOINS

CERF+ BENEFIT AUCTION

With Over 300 Works of Art Set for Ebay Auction, The International Ceramic Arts Community Join Forces to Raise Funds for Artists Affected by COVID-19.

During this period of economic and social disruption, a group of galleries, collectors, artists and art-related businesses have joined together in an online ceramic auction to provide direct monetary support to artists and organizations in the craft community and, in doing so, unite the ceramics community in our shared values.

The auction, running on Ebay from Friday, June 19th and ending on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. PDT (https://www.ebay.com/usr/studiopottery ), hosted by Jeffrey Spahn, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery) ).  An online public preview cocktail party, hosted by Everson Museum’s ceramics curator Garth Johnson, brings together donors, artists and the beneficiaries on Thursday, June 25th 7pm EST via Zoom. 

VIRTUAL EVENT

Thursday, June 25, 7 pm EST

Hosted by Garth Johnson, Everson Museum

Guests include Cornelia Carey, CERF+, artists Christa Assad, Lauren Mabry and others involved with the auction as donors and receiving organizations. This program will be live and include conversations about the artworks in the auction from studios and donating galleries.

CERF+ Auction Preview
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ARTWORKS IN THE AUCTION

ADDITIONAL ARTISTS IN THE AUCTION

Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie, Josef Albers, Ruth Duckworth, Jun Kaneko, Linda Lopez, Lauren Mabry, Warren Mackenzie, Sergei Isupov, Rose Simpson, Peter Voulkos, Akio Takamori, John Reeve, Jesse Small, Shin-Yu Wang, Patti Warashina, Adrian Saxe, David MacDonald, Ashwini Bhat, and Bobby Silverman, are just several of the world-renowned ceramic artists whose works will be on eBay, to raise funds for artists in need. Bidding begins Friday, June 19th, and ends Sunday, June 28th, at 4:00 pm PDT. The Jeffrey Spahn Gallery created a flipbook, which includes a number of the artists whose work will be in the auction.

The purpose of this auction is two-fold. One, to raise direct funds for artists in need. Two, to unite the ceramics community in solidarity for our shared values. Collectors, gallerists, and artists have united the ceramics community with the majority of proceeds going to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) along with several other beneficiaries including the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Everson Museum of Art, Howard Kottler Scholarship Fund at Cranbrook Art Academy, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and The Studio Potter.

Participating Galleries

Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary, Harvey Preston Gallery, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Rago-Wright Auctions and Trax Gallery, with contributions from Peter Held Appraisals and the LEF Foundation.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, Highlights, News
PETER PINCUS in Arteidolia, January 2019

PETER PINCUS in Arteidolia, January 2019

PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

‘Pincus is an intense, dedicated master of his craft. His work speaks a restrained yet exuberant enthusiasm for those visual artists and ceramicists who have come before him. This article hinges upon an exhibit, at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, entitled “Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood.”…’

-Lyn Horton

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PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

Peter Pincus, “Ewer, c. 1893/2018″ 2018, colored porcelain, 13 x 6 x 5”.

 

 

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News, Press Coverage
PETER PINCUS in the Berkshire Eagle, November 2, 2018

PETER PINCUS in the Berkshire Eagle, November 2, 2018

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

November 10-December 29th, 2018

North Adams, MA

Artist Reception, November 10th 5-7pm.

“To better understand the work, I just had to make the work,” Pincus said. “I began with the Etruscan pot, his primary source for one of his objects; a calyx krater — a traditional wine-holding vessel. I looked very closely at Josiah’s reconsideration of that form, just trying to reproduce those objects; understanding what liberties I had and what things I had to stick to with the original source.”

-Peter Pincus

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“Not your grandmother’s Wedgwood …

Ceramic artist, scholar finds inspiration in Josiah Wedgwood’s work”

Peter Pincus, 'Ewers' 2018, colored porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6".

Peter Pincus, ‘Ewers’ 2018, colored porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6″.

By Jennifer Huberdeau

November 2, 2018

 

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

FALL & WINTER WITH FERRIN CONTEMPORARY

 

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY, located on the campus of MASS MoCA, lies in the heart of the Berkshires.

The gallery is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams.

HOURS: Thursday- Saturday 11am–5pm and by chance

 

 

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

Artist Talk and Opening at Ferrin Contemporary, November 10th, from 5-7pm.

Slide Presentation at Project Art, November 9th, 7-8. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Workshop Peter Pincus: Colored Veneers and Plaster Prototyping. November 9th-11th at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

 

 

BOUKE DE VRIESCuratorial Tour and discussion of  War & Pieces at the Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford CT.

October 10th from 5-7pm

A exhibition tour and discussion with the newly appointed head curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Sequoia Miller and Linda Roth, Senior Curator and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth and Gallery Director, Leslie Ferrin.

 

 

 

Artist Workshop: SERGEI ISUPOV

Project Art, Cummington MA

3-Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018

 

PARKING MADE EASY

MASS MoCA’s main parking area is adjacent to
Ferrin Contemporary in Building 13. Start or end your day with us. Explore The World of MASS MoCA and Downtown North Adams for more local art, food, and beer.

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FALL & WINTER WITH FERRIN CONTEMPORARY

 

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY, located on the campus of MASS MoCA, lies in the heart of the Berkshires.

The gallery is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams.

HOURS: Thursday- Saturday 11am–5pm and by chance

 

 

BOUKE DE VRIESCuratorial Tour and discussion of  War & Pieces at the Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford CT.

October 10th from 5-7pm

A exhibition tour and discussion with the newly appointed head curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Sequoia Miller and Linda Roth, Senior Curator and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth and Gallery Director, Leslie Ferrin.

 

 

 

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

Artist Talk and Opening at Ferrin Contemporary, November 10th, from 5-7pm.

Slide Presentation at Project Art, November 9th, 7-8. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Workshop Peter Pincus: Colored Veneers and Plaster Prototyping. November 9th-11th at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

 

 

Artist Workshop: SERGEI ISUPOV

Project Art, Cummington MA

3-Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018

 

PARKING MADE EASY

MASS MoCA’s main parking area is adjacent to
Ferrin Contemporary in Building 13. Start or end your day with us. Explore The World of MASS MoCA and Downtown North Adams for more local art, food, and beer.

Click for more about visiting.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Current Events, Events, News, Upcoming Events
CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

private collections are on view in public museums
Massachusetts, California and Toronto

BEYOND FUNCTION:
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS FROM THE DONALD CLARK COLLECTION


LAST CHANCE  On View through September 2, 2018
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
An exhibit of extraordinary works from Donald Clark’s extensive private collection ranging from functional vessels to figural sculpture. The exhibition includes numerous works by artists from throughout Massachusetts in a collection built 1980 – present acquired from studios and the exhibitions at Pinch Pottery and Ferrin Gallery.

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LIVING WITH CLAY: CALIFORNIA CERAMICS COLLECTIONS


August 25–November 17
Opening Reception: Sat, Aug 25, 5–8pm
Living with Clay: California Ceramics Collections, curated by Rody N. López, pays homage to distinguished collectors that have amassed impressive collections of ceramic artworks from some of the most respected artists in the field, all reflecting an insatiable passion for clay.
Sergei Isupov, “Bow”, 1998, Sonny & Gloria Kamm Collection

Click here for more about the exhibition.
Click here to view work by Sergei Isupov.

THE DIANA REITBERGER COLLECTION


August 29–Jan 2, 2019
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Reitberger Collection is significant for revealing new connections between Canadian artists and leading international makers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. (at left Peter Pincus, “Trio V”, 2017)

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Click here to view work by Peter Pincus.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: DEL BALCÓN


On View through September 16
Cristina Cordóva’s solo exhibition, Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary is on view in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

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Click for more about Cristina Cordóva.

Click to inquire about available works.

On view through September 16
Cristina Cordóva‘s solo exhibition, Del balcón 
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September 27 – November 4
Canary Syndrome
Group exhibition featuring recent works by Elizabeth Alexander, Bouke de Vries, Elliot Kayser, Beth Lipman, Livia Marin, Paul Scott, Jason Walker.
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November 10 – December 29
Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood
solo exhibition exploring new forms based on research work into collections at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AB
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VISIT US IN ART COUNTRY


We can help you organize behind-the-scenes visits to artist studios, guided tours with curators and special farm-to- table dinners.  Now scheduling 2019 tours for individuals, museums and collector groups.

VISIT US IN CUMMINGTON AT PROJECT ART


OUR SEASONAL GALLERY
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT THROUGH OCTOBER
at Project Art
54 Main Street, Cummington
Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary,
private collections, and current projects.

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA Campus


Start or end your day at FERRIN CONTEMPORARY when you explore the world of MASS MoCADowntown North Adams, and the Berkshires — we are happy to help you find your way to more art, local food, and, of course, fresh beer.

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