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RUDOLF STAFFEL

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ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Scultpure


Exhibiting in the US since 2019

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explores the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists. The exhibition, curated by Jennifer Jankauskus, will investigate how history and place inform the work of contemporary ceramists bringing approximately 44 objects by 30 emerging, mid-career, and master artists from around the nation who work within a narrative figurative clay tradition. Creating both sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, the artists all highlight the human form as a way to explore issues relating to the body, to various cultural ties, and to ideas of the female/male gaze.

Images courtesy of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Art Museum of South Texas, and Figge Art Museum

ABOUT FACE | TOUR SCHEDULE


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EXHIBITION INCLUDES WORK BY


Wesley Anderegg
Robert Arneson*
Chris Antemann*
Rudy Autio*
Russell Biles*
Cristina Córdova*
Jack Earl*
Edward Eberle*
Sean Erwin*
Viola Frey*
Alessandro Gallo*
David Gilhooly *
Gerit Grimm *
Sergei Isupov*
Doug Jeck*
Howard Kottler*
Michael Lucero *
Walter McConnell
Gerardo Monterrubio
Jim Neel
Virgil Ortiz
Andrew Raftery
Allan Rosenbaum
Akio Takimori *
Yoshio Taylor
Tip Toland
Jason Walker *
Kurt Weiser *
Beatrice Wood *
Sun Koo Yuh

*indicates artists with available works for sale through Ferrin Contemporary

FEATURED ARTISTS



FEATURED FROM COLLECTIONS


ABOUT FACE


 PAST PROGRAMMING

Curator Talk: Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas
Thursday, July 16
6:30 p.m. Virtual

Curator of Art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and exhibition curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, will discuss the artists and themes exhibited in About Face in a virtual presentation.

View Virtual Curator Talk • HERE •

Artist Panel

Thursday, August 20
6:30 p.m. talk

Local ceramic artists will give insight into the imagery and techniques used in the works featured in About Face.

ABOUT FACE


 PAST PROGRAMMING

ABOUT FACE


 PAST PROGRAMMING

EXHIBITION CATALOG


Purchase the Catalog • HERE •

About Face is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by exhibition curator, Jennifer Jankauskas, PhD, and Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and will be on view in the fourth-floor gallery through August 30, 2020.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón

solo exhibition

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
July 28–September 16, 2018

 

Preview Talk: Thursday, August 2, 7:00 pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


North Adams, MA —

Ferrin Contemporary presents Del balcón, a solo exhibition of new work by Cristina Córdova, featuring large and small figurative sculptures exploring the relationship between the human and geographic connections within her native Puerto Rican landscape.

Working directly from the human form, Córdova’s hand builds often life-size ceramic figures that gaze at, or through the viewer, asking them to consider what’s behind the eyes. A reference to landscape, both large and small, is introduced, creating tropical tableaux for the figure to reside within. Del balcón, comes on the heals of a large solo exhibition at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum in Alfred, N.Y., in early 2018 where director Wayne Higby notes,

“Cristina’s figurative work has established her as one of the preeminent ceramic artists of her generation. Her work renders the figure as a mysterious, sensual force of compelling urgency. Her masterful use of the ceramic medium empowers her work with a mesmerizing, at times uncanny presence.”

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón


THE WOMEN

THE WOMEN

THE WOMEN


Oct 28, 2017 – Apr 21, 2018

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

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Works on view include recent pieces by women whose primary medium is clay and selected works from private and artist archives by female potters and sculptors.


The Women provides Ferrin Contemporary an opportunity to highlight the range of work by women artists affiliated with the gallery program who are known for their work in ceramics.

Director Leslie Ferrin, a life long advocate for women in ceramics reflects on this moment, “It is gratifying to witness the attention to gender issues taking place throughout society.  These same forces are fueling the interest in examining and bringing recognition to the overlooked contributions of women to postwar visual arts. Many of our collectors who brought a female perspective to building their collections are contributing to the public dialog by acquiring new works and making gifts to institutions. Museums are responding by offering exhibition opportunities, site specific commissions and adding to permanent collections to fill in gaps. It is an exciting time to see these changes taking place and being able to participate in the process.”

Studio Pottery and Design*
Works by
Laura Andreson
Dorothy Hafner
Karen Karnes
Jenny Mendez
Linda Sikora
*available in Ferrin Contemporary square shop

RELATED NEWS, PUBLICATIONS + EVENTS

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.

STUDIO POTTER: WOMEN IN CERAMICS

Winter/Spring 2017
Women in Ceramics Vol. 45 No. 1

In this issue: 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, essays on the lives of California artist Ruth Rippon and Swedish artist Hertha Hillfon, a dynamic discussion of contemporary motherhood, international perspectives from Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and India, a look at fourth-wave feminism, and more.

Click for info on Studio Potter.

Click to request complimentary issue online.

“Ruth Rippon, Her Story”
by Nancy M. Servis

Rippon’s artistic production is extensive and leaves an indelible mark on the artistic landscape of Northern California. … The breadth of her work mirrors the artist herself: technically accomplished, experimental, conceptually grounded, and quietly emotive.

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Artist Salon – Nancy M. Servis
Wednesday, November 8
at 6–8:30 pm

Project Art
54 Main St, Cummington, Massachusetts 01026

Join visiting scholar, Nancy M. Servis, from Sacramento, California, for an image-illustrated presentation ‘State of Clay: Bay Area Ceramics,’ followed by a potluck at Project Art.

From pottery to sculptural expression, Servis unveils the dynamic variety of ceramics found in Northern California. Long recognized as a vital and populous state with extensive clay deposits, California has been the home of refined vessel-makers and artistic rule-breakers for over 75 years, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her lecture contextualizes clay’s extensive use that includes stylistic architecture in Oakland, impassioned potters like Antonio Prieto and Marguerite Wildenhain from the 1950s, and unabashed practitioners like Peter Voulkos and Robert Arneson. They along with select others like Viola Frey, Ruth Rippon, and Ron Nagle laid Nancy Servis’ groundwork for what exists today – a population of fine artist-makers whose work coexists with those who embrace sculpture or even defy ceramic tradition.

Nancy is a recognized art historian, gallerist, and author. She has served as curator, educator and arts administrator in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years.

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

International ceramic artists interpret the visionary and surreal atmospheres of the masterpiece born of Lewis Carroll’s pen.

ON VIEW

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark
September 30–October 30, 2016

Alice in Wonderland
Officinesaffi, Milan, Italy
June 22–July 14, 2017

CHRIS ANTEMANN

CHRIS ANTEMANN

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS & SERIES


+ View Antemann’s Collaborations with Meissen HERE

FROM THE STUDIO


Work produced in Chris Antemann’s US studio, including installations in Museums

Cameo

Love in a Time of Chaos

Embrace

Kissing Booth

Flames and Feathers I and II (A Pair of Tulip Vases)

Lovers Vase in Blue

FEATURED PAST INSTALLATIONS IN MUSEUMS


A Stage for Dessert

Dining in the Orangery

An Occasion to Gather

CHRIS ANTEMANN


ABOUT


American
b. 1970 Albany, NY
lives and works between Joseph, OR and Meissen, Germany

Chris Antemann is an American artist known for her frolicking, contemporary feminist parodies of 18th century porcelain figurines. For more than a decade, Antemann has worked collaboratively with the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, Germany to create increasingly ornate and elaborate variations on her lifelong love of the narrative, porcelain figurine. Recent years have seen a tremendous culmination of her time working with MEISSEN. Between 2015-2019, her large-scale installation Forbidden Fruit: Porcelain Sculptor Chris Antemann toured the US, Germany, and culminated at the State Hermitage Museum, Russia. In 2022, her largest, most complex sculpture to-date was unveiled at Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens in Washington, DC; An Occasion to Gather reveals its sumptuous narrative across an eight-foot-long, four-foot-high dining room centerpiece. The relationship with MEISSEN continues and a decade of collaboration will be celebrated with an exhibition at the Meissen Porcelain Museum in Meissen, Germany from July 15, 2022 – February 26, 2023.

Antemann earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, Russia, and Asia. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, High Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, the Portland Art Museum, among many others. Her awards include the Virginia A. Groot first prize, and residencies with the Archie Bray Foundation, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

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.

ON VIEW & UPCOMING


PORTLAND VASE: MANIA & MUSE


Crocker Art Museum

Sacramento, CA

June 9, 2024 – September 24, 2024

Chris Antemann, “Cameo”, 2024, porcelain, decals, enamels, luster, epoxy, 27 x 16 x 15”, Kendrick Moholt Photography

Chris Antemann, “Cameo”, detail, 2024, porcelain, decals, enamels, luster, epoxy, 27 x 16 x 15”, Kendrick Moholt Photography

HEY! CERAMIQUE.S


Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre

Paris, France

September 20, 2023 – August 14, 2024

HEY! CERAMIQUE.S Exhibition Installation featuring Chris Antemann "Embrace" and "Kissing Flora", Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France, September 20, 2023 to August 14, 2024

HEY! CERAMIQUE.S Exhibition Installation featuring Chris Antemann “Embrace” and “Kissing Flora”, Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France, September 20, 2023 to August 14, 2024

Chris Antemann, “Embrace”, 2023, porcelain, decals, enamels, luster, 16 x 12 x 6″, Kendrick Moholt Photography

Chris Antemann, “Kissing Flora”, 2023, porcelain, decals, enamels, luster, 18 x 11 x 6″, Kendrick Moholt Photography

A STAGE FOR DESSERT


At The Mint Museum

Charlotte, NC

2023

Chris Antemann, A Stage for Dessert, On View at The Mint Museum of Art, 2023, 30” x 24” x 24", photos courtesy of The Mint Museum of Art.

Chris Antemann, A Stage for Dessert, On View at The Mint Museum of Art, 2023, 30” x 24” x 24″, photos courtesy of The Mint Museum of Art.

Chris Antemann, A Stage for Dessert, On View at The Mint Museum of Art, 2023, 30” x 24” x 24", photos courtesy of The Mint Museum of Art.

Chris Antemann, A Stage for Dessert, On View at The Mint Museum of Art, 2023, 30” x 24” x 24", photos courtesy of The Mint Museum of Art.

RECENT/PAST EXHIBITIONS


HEY! CÉRAMIQUE.S

Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre | Paris, France
September 20, 2023 – August 14, 2024
Featuring Chris Antemann, Crystal Morey, & Mara Superior

REVIVE, REMIX, RESPOND

THE FRICK PITTSBURGH 7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA February 17–May 27, 2018 ABOUT THE EXHIBITION In 2017, twenty contemporary artists were invited to respond to and produce new works that...

PUBLICATIONS


  • Released September 15, 2023
  • Edited by Anne Richard Bilingual (French / English)
  • 250 pages
  • Shaped cover 28 x 24.5 cm
  • Published by HEY! PUBLISHING

Long considered a minor art because of its particular status at the crossroads of art and craftsmanship, ceramics has emancipated itself artistically by making precisely this hybrid position the basis of its renewal. The truly alchemical dimension of the fire arts lends itself wonderfully to blurring and crossing boundaries.

HEY! CÉRAMIQUES Catalog Cover"HEY! CÉRAMIQUE.S" Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France, September 20, 2023 to August 14, 2024.

HEY! CÉRAMIQUES Catalog Cover “HEY! CÉRAMIQUE.S” Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France, September 20, 2023 to August 14, 2024.

NEWS & FEATURES


Chris Antemann in the 2023 Bray Benefit

Bray Benefit ONLINE Auction July 14 – July 21 Chris Antemann's work "Kissing Flora", straight from the artist's studio, will be part of the yearly fundraiser for The Archie Bray, in Helena...

NCECA PITTSBURGH

REVIVE, REMIX, RESPOND The 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...

VIDEOS FEATURING CHRIS ANTEMANN


Rebecca Tilles, curator, explores the porcelain collections of Consuelo Vanderbilt (1877-1964), Anna Thompson Dodge (1871-1970), and Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), Hillwood’s founder.

In this lecture celebrating the installation of two elaborate centerpieces in the dining and breakfast rooms as part of “The Luxury of Clay: Porcelain Past and Present,” artist Chris Antemann describes the development of her ceramic artwork inspired by eighteenth-century porcelain figures. She will discuss how she drew inspiration from Hillwood’s French parterre, porcelain collection, and interiors, as well as many other sources for her sculptural tableaux and complex process of constructing them. Learn how Chris crafts new narratives from historical forms, informed by her ten-year collaboration on unique and limited edition artworks with MEISSEN, Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory.

AVAILABLE from Private Collections


Dining in The Altogether

Chris Antemann, “Dining in the Altogether”, 2010, Porcelain, decals, luster, 17 x 33 x 15″.

Chris Antemann, “Dining in the Altogether”, 2010, Porcelain, decals, luster, 17 x 33 x 15″.

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Additional works may be available to acquire, but not listed here.

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ROBERT ARNESON

ROBERT ARNESON

AVAILABLE WORKS

Select works for sale from private collections, estates, and artist archives.

A Question of Measure or Checkered Plate or Vitruvian Man

RUDY AUTIO

RUDY AUTIO

AVAILABLE WORKS

Select works for sale from private collections, estates, and artist archives.

Hippodrome



Smiling Lady



Untitled Drawing


STEPHEN DIXON

STEPHEN DIXON

STEPHEN DIXON WORK IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to present select works for sale from private collections.
These collections offer an opportunity to acquire important works from surveys of studio sculpture and decorative art.

For more information and pricing on available artwork, please inquire

ELEPHANT #2

“Elephant #2” is part of a body of work called Savage Indignation, a reflection upon the political uncertainties of our times that invites the questioning of current policies of Western governments. Events surrounding the recent war on Iraq are central to this work, reflected in the numerous biblical, classical and historical references to religious conflict, torture, and execution.
The slab-built form is derived from vessels associated with the oil industry – an oil drum, working as a metaphor underlining the Western dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

RESTORATION SERIES

The Restoration Series developed from research undertaken during a six-month residency in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ceramics studio (September 2009 to March 2010). Taking the form of a related group of ceramic portrait heads, Restoration Series, adopts the convention of the commemorative portrait bust to explore issues of fundamental human rights — particularly freedom of expression.

The portraits are based on three Nobel Peace Prize winners, Carl Von Ossietzky (awarded 1935), Aung San Suu Kyi (awarded 1989), and Lui Xiaobo (awarded 2010). All are linked by the fact that as prisoners of conscience at the time of the award, none of the three were able to receive their prize from the Nobel organization.

Restoration I, Aung San Suu Kyi, was the prototype for the series. Working within the tradition of the political portrait, this piece was made in response to the release of the Burmese human rights activist and political leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in November 2010. The work looked optimistically forward to a ‘restoration’ of democracy in Myanmar, and its underlying metaphor paraphrased the museological convention of reconstructing historical artifacts from an assemblage of ceramic fragments.

The second portrait in the series, that depicting Chinese pro-democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, retained the essential fragmented quality of the first piece, but added a further layer of visual narrative through a richer palette of printed, collaged, and textured ceramic surfaces.

The third portrait, of German anti-fascist and publisher Carl von Ossietsky, retained the same format as the Liu Xiabo head. Another, similar to Aung San Suu Kyi portrait (now in the Crafts Council UK collection), was made for the triptych installation in the Contemporary Ceramic Galleries at the V&A, and exhibited on on a year-long loan from March 2013 to March 2014.