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Shapes from Out of Nowhere : Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection

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'Unveils the amazing creative possibilities hidden in clay... just one of those books that needs to find its place on your bookshelf' - Contemporary Lynx

A comprehensive overview of 20th-century non-representational ceramics from the earliest years of the modernist revolution to the postwar period through to the present

For the past 50 years, Robert A. Ellison Jr. has assembled one of the most significant collections of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century ceramics. Presenting a comprehensive overview, Shapes From Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection features over 150 works from the New York City-based collector. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title, this illuminating book documents Ellison's focus on the exploration of shape and form in clay.

Featuring essays by Robert A. Ellison Jr. and Glenn Adamson, artist biographies by Elizabeth Essner, and an introduction from the exhibition’s curator, Adrienne Spinozzi, Shapes from Out of Nowhere documents Ellison’s journey of discovering and collecting abstract ceramics.

The book reconsiders the established timeline of 20th-century ceramics and provides a more accurate and fuller picture, one that situates a number of artists engaged in deconstructing the vessel form in the 1950s and 1960s, eschewing the precise symmetry of the wheel for the possibilities of hand building.

Artists include: Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, F. Carlton Ball, Lynda Benglis, Kate Blacklock, Nina Borgia-Aberle, Alison Britton, Kathy Butterly, Peter Callas, Syd Carpenter, Christina Carver, Katherine Choy, Dieter Crumbiegel, Elisa D'Arrigo, Harris Deller, Richard DeVore, Kim Dickey, Gary DiPasquale, Ruth Duckworth, Raymon Elozua, Gary Erickson, Ken Ferguson, Amara Geffen, John Gill, Chris Gustin, Babs Haenen, Ewen Henderson, Wayne Higby, Margaret Israel, Howard Kottler, Anne Marie Laureys, Gareth Mason, John Mason, Leza McVey, Jim Melchert, Ursula Morley Price, Gertrud Natzler, Otto Natzler, Win Ng, William Parry, Ken Price, Aneta Regel, Mary Rogers, Stanley Rosen, Axel Salto, Paul Soldner, Rudofl Staffel, Chris Staley, Susanna Stephenson, Toshiko Takaezu, Kyoto Tonegawa, Robert Turner, Peter Voulkos, Frans Wildenhain, Marguerite Wildenhain, Betty Woodman, William Wyman and Arnold Zimmerman.

  • Authors: Adrienne Spinozzi and Glenn Adamson 
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Date published: April 2021
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1947359062
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 22.6 cm

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