CHRIS ANTEMANN

A LITTLE FEAST OF FOLLY

DINING IN THE ORANGERY

CHRIS ANTEMANN
WORK IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Ferrin Contemporary provides special opportunities to acquire selected works from private collections, artist archives and estates. These works become available as their owners downsize, offering collectors the unique opportunity to fill gaps, begin collections and find again, the one that got away.

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ABOUT

(b. 1970 Albany, NY, Lives and works in Joseph, OR)

Chris Antemann is known for work inspired by 18th C. porcelain figurines, employing a unity of design and concept to simultaneously examine and parody male and female relationship roles. Characters, themes, and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming their own language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and ornamental gardens set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.

Antemann has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), The 21 C. Hotel Museum (Louisville, KY), The KAMM Teapot Foundation (Statesville, NC), The Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT), and The Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA). In 2010, Antemann was the First Place Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Grant.

Antemann earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota and her B.F.A. in ceramics & painting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her artist residencies include The Archie Bray Foundation and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), where she was the NEA funded resident.

For the past seven years, Chris has been working with MEISSEN, collaborating with Europe’s Oldest Porcelain Manufactory on Unique and Limited Edition Artworks. This experience offered the opportunity to create her largest installation, Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN, which travelled for three years in the US from the Portland Art Museum, (Portland, OR) to the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY) and The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2019.

ON HER WORK

Inspired by 18th C. porcelain figurines, Chris Antemann’s work employs a unity of design and concept to simultaneously examine and parody male and female relationship roles. Characters, themes and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming their own language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and ornamental gardens set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.

ON MEISSEN WORK

The pieces Chris is making in the Meissen Art Campus use the literary technique of a frame narrative, a story within a story, to build relationships and create layers of information between the sculptural aspects and the painted surfaces. The main story is presented in the guise of the 18th century porcelain figurine as a context, which frames a parody or second narrative between the sculpted characters. Other stories and in many cases, the sources of inspiration for the piece are painted into the scene in elaborate detail.

CURRENT + RECENT EXHIBITIONS

REVIVE, REMIX, RESPOND

February 17–May 27, 2018The Frick Pittsburgh7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 412-371-0600 About the Exhibition In 2017, twenty contemporary artists were invited to respond to and produce new works that reference...

NEW YORK CERAMIC & GLASS FAIR 2018

NEW YORK CERAMICS & GLASS FAIR 2018 January 18–21, 2018 Bohemian National Hall, New York, NY Bringing together a carefully selected and distinguished international group of more than 25 galleries...

NEW YORK CERAMICS & GLASS FAIR 2017

NEW YORK CERAMICS & GLASS FAIR January 19–22, 2017 Bohemian National Hall, New York, NY Bringing together a carefully selected and distinguished international group of around 28 galleries offering all things...

NEW BLUE AND WHITE

New Blue and White February 20 - July 14, 2013 MFA Boston Exhibition of works by 37 artists, pairs or collectives curated by Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative...

NCECA PITTSBURGH

REVIVE, REMIX, RESPONDThe Frick Pittsburgh 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh Group show of contemporary artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and techniques....