Picasso’s ceramics and a show at Yale…

Before Portage is with us, here are two shows seen in recent times that really were worth spending time with.

Mainly images – words really unnecessary…

At MOMA – Picasso’s sculpture. Less known than his paintings the sculpture show took up an entire floor and were executed in a variety of media. Those imaged here are mainly ceramic but some in other media – some mixed in the same work like the pudding basin in ‘Pregnant Woman’ and a few are cast bronze but the maquette or original was clearly clay – as in ‘Cat’ or ‘Goat’. The ceramics were principally made at Madoura Pottery, Vallauris as the exhibition was chronologically arranged. Only sour note was the wall text in this section which said he made in ceramic ‘for a few years’ from his base at La Californie near Cannes near Vallauris. It was actually a period of over 20 years that he regularly visited the Ramie’s Madoura Pottery . I’d have thought 20+ years was a bit more than ‘a few’.

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Then we were taken to New Haven in Connecticut and Yale University where their art gallery, designed by Louis Kahn is set very comfortably between neo-Gothic and Edwardian architecture. It is far more extensive than can be imagined from the street and is actually three conjoined buildings of at least three stories each. The collections are exquisite – like someone picked the eyes out of The Met’s collections in many categories. There we saw a private collection of ceramics – amassed over some 25 years by Linda Leonard Schlenger placed with other art from the Yale collection for an exhibition entitled, ‘The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art’ which was a re-examination of the role of post-war ceramics within the context of contemporary art from the period (painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper) via formal, historical and theoretical affinities. ‘Other’artists ranged from deKooning to Motherwell to Noguchi to Ruscha and co while ceramics, which formed the main part of the show were by mainly Ruth Duckworth, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Peter Voulkos and Ken Price with some others such as Jim Melchert, John Mason, Ron Nagle, Richard Shaw, Magdalene Odundo and Martin Puryear added in here and there.

Have to say, I have seen many Lucie Rie’s as there is a goodly amount of her early work here from her 1950s/60s tableware shipped to Stocktons, Cadeaux etc and quite a few later individual works brought back mainly by visiting potters and now steadily creeping into museum collections (I have done three shows myself in the past). Some however are finding their way to off-shore collections on occasion. However, there are only 3/4 Copers here as far as I know, and I think one may have bitten the dust in the Christchurch ‘quake. Viewing off shore there are usually two or three Ries to each Coper. His output was considerably smaller that hers.

The show at Yale however had far more Copers than anything else. I feel sure I shall never see such a gathering again. It was a great privilege that I feel very lucky to have been told about and taken to see. The same might be said of the Duckworths also – that biomorphic abstraction fitted well with Noguchi and Puryear…clay became part of a larger conversation on abstraction and a later visit to the Noguchi museum in Williamsburg saw more affinities(a couple of images included….). Viewing these works together it was possible to see the complex connections and the detailed exploration of ideas, visual strategies and personal explorations. Some images from the Yale collections are included.

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Duckworth

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Coper

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Coper

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Coper and Rie

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Rie

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Voulkos

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Price

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Price

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Shaw

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Shaw, close up

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Early Price and Nagle

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Nagle

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Paintings from the Yale Collection

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Paintings from the Yale Collection

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Paintings from the Yale Collection

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Paintings from the Yale Collection

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paintings from the Yale collection

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Reclining nude is Viola Frey of course

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early Chinese

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early Chinese

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from the Yale collection

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from the Yale collection

Finally…

Magdalene Odundo

Magdalene Odundo

Isamu Noguch

Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguch

Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguch

Isamu Noguchi

Finally a few images from Washington Square…lovely park in the west Village…

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a grand piano playing Brahms…he had 2 buckets – both pretty full!

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Jazz quartets to…

jazz duos

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Musicians everywhere…single drummers

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Folk enjoying the sun but where was she going…it was lunchtime…

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8 responses to “Picasso’s ceramics and a show at Yale…

  1. Sara Scott

    Thanks Moyra for some fantastic images and sharing your excitement over those two exhibitions. I’ve never seen an actual Voulkos, although I have seen Picasso, Rie and Coper in London exhibitions and can just imagine the impact of the others. Lucky you!

    • Yes, I was very lucky as I’d never have known that show was on as none of the gazillions of websites that arrive in my inbox told me of that one. Luckily a friend and ceramics collector in NYC knew about it and took me there so had the even better experience of a door-to-door ride through some lovely countryside as well and the delights of a New England town that could have hosted an episode or two of Peyton Place! Totally charming day!

  2. Ian Johnston

    Thank you. What a rushŠ. i

    From: “Cone Ten and descending…” Reply-To: “Cone Ten and descending…” Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 2:27 AM To: Subject: [New post] Picasso¹s ceramics and a show at YaleŠ

    WordPress.com moyra posted: “Before Portage is with us, here are two shows seen in recent times that really were worth spending time with. Mainly images ­ words really unnecessary… At MOMA ­ Picasso¹s sculpture. Less known than his paintings the sculpture show took up an enti”

  3. Maureen Ball

    Thanks for the sharing. The photos are great. I feel myself longing to visit Connecticut now.

  4. Elena Renker

    Wonderful, thank you for that!

  5. Linda Schlenger

    Thank you for your thoughtful post. I am extremely touched that you enjoyed the exhibition so much.
    Linda Schlenger

  6. Thanks for sharing – Looking at your photos has made me excited as I’ll be in NY next week and I’m looking forward to visiting MOMA and their ceramic collection.

  7. Bronwyn Jones

    Thank you for sharing your wonder photo’s – truly inspirational. Having just returned from visiting amazing galleries in Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York I am continually amazed by the collections that the USA has on offer. I now have another place I need to go to.

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