Shapes from out of nowhere : ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. collection.

New York : August Editions, 2021.
271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 x 26 cm

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An overview of 20th-century non-representational ceramics from the earliest years of the modernist revolution to the postwar period through to the present, Shapes From Outta Nowhere features over 150 works from New York City-based collector Robert Ellison. It explores the featured artists' rejection of symmetrical, utilitarian forms in clay in favor of the sculptural and abstract, and challenges the boundaries between function, non-function, design, drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture. Built over a period of 40 years, this collection reflects the personal and discerning eye of a collector focused on the exploration of shape and form. Ellison's introduction to abstraction in clay was the work of George E. Ohr, whose late 19th-century creations represent the first shift in a challenge to form itself. Ohr was the catalyst for this new direction in clay, and his vision foreshadows 20th-century postwar experimentation in fine art. The book showcases the sculptures by Ohr along with artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present, including works by Axel Salto, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, the progenitor of the American studio movement.
Introduction / Adrienne Spinozzi
Off balance, on form / Glenn Adamson
Shapes from out of nowhere / Robert A. Ellison Jr.
Artist biographies / Elizabeth Essner
Taking shape
Budding variations
Tangles, limbs
Architectural moves
Reaching up
Fluidity, impulse
Primal clay
Refined, ruinous
Function / non-function
The folded gesture.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 22-August 29, 2021.
Artists include: Robert Arneson ; Rudy Autio ; F. Carlton Ball ; Lynda Benglis ; Kate Blacklock ; Aaron Bohrod ; Nina Borgia-Aberle ; Alison Britton ; Kathy Butterly ; Peter Callas ; Syd Carpenter ; Cristina Carver ; Katherine Choy ; Dieter Crumbiegel ; William Daley ; Elisa D'Arrigo ; Harris Deller ; Richard De Vore ; Kim Dickey ; Gary DePasquale ; Ruth Duckworth ; Raymon Elozua ; Gary Erickson ; Ken Ferguson ; Amara Geffen ; John Gill ; Chris Gustin ; Babs Haenen ; Ewen Henderson ; Wayne Higby ; Margaret Ponce Israel ; Karen Karnes ; Howard Kottler ; Gregory Kuharic ; Anne Marie Laureys ; Gareth Mason ; John Mason ; Leza McVey ; Jim Melchert ; Jørgen Mogensen ; Ursula Morley Price ; Gertrud Natzler ; Otto Natzler ; Win Ng ; William Parry ; Ken Price ; Aneta Regel ; Jacquelyn Rice ; Mary Rogers ; John Rohlfing ; Stanley Rosen ; Jerry Rothman ; Axel Salto ; Brad Schwieger ; Koike Shōko ; Paul Soldner ; Rudolf Staffel ; Christopher Staley ; Susanne Stephenson ; Geoffrey Swindell ; Toshiko Takaezu ; Irvin Tepper ; Kyoko Tonegawa ; Robert Turner ; Peter Voulkos ; Frans Wildenhain ; Marguerite Wildenhain ; Betty Woodman ; William Wyman ; Arnie Zimmerman.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ellison, Robert A., Jr. collector.
Spinozzi, Adrienne, writer of introduction.
Adamson, Glenn, writer of supplementary textual content.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), host institution.