Ruth Braunstein Collection Helps Mold Clay’s Reputation
Today’s 96 Hours features the opening of our new exhibition Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay. We are excited to have these ceramics objects in our galleries and are thrilled that Ruth will be joining us for the opening on Saturday.
Even before Ruth Braunstein opened her first art gallery in Tiburon in 1961, she was collecting pieces that made her happy and was drawn to works in clay.
A new exhibit of Braunstein’s private collection of ceramics that opens Saturday at the Richmond Art Center pays tribute to her advocacy of clay as a fine-art medium. Many of the pieces – by well-known artists including Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw and Robert Arneson – have never been shown before.
“I love the exhibit on several different levels,” said Richmond Art Center curator and exhibitions director Anthony Torres. “It’s paying homage to Ruth’s life and work, but the collection is also a form of portraiture. It tells a great deal about who she is, and shows how she worked hard to democratize art.”
He added, “It’s diverse and beautiful, and there’s a whole myriad of objects.”
Read the full story: Ruth Braunstein Collection Helps Mold Clay’s Reputation, SF Chronicle, June 12, 2014.