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Head: Peter Voulkos Print

A West Coast potter and sculptor, Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) led in the development of pottery as an art form. With an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (1952), he taught at Black Mountain College (1953) where he was exposed to the avant-garde. In 1954, Voulkos moved to Los Angeles to become the chairman of a newly established ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (later renamed the Otis Art Institute) and soon assembled a remarkable group of students: Paul Soldner, Jerry Rothman, Kenneth Price, John Mason, Henry Takemoto, and others. While influencing numerous students, and achieving international status, Mr. Voulkos was faculty at the University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1985. His work introduced the so-called Abstract Expressionist movement that turned the polite world of American ceramics upside down. Arguably the most influential potter of the 20th century and his work is in over 100 museum collections worldwide.

Executed in 1979, the expressionistic lithographs mimic Voulkos’ approach to manipulating his clay sculptures/vessels like forms that is spontaneous, unpredictable, and action-packed mark-making.

Head, 1979
Lithograph, unframed, Edition 44/200, signed
Size: 36 x 24 inches

Donor: Marna Clark
Value: $800

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