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Rocking Pot

Peter Voulkos, Rocking Pot

Stoneware with glaze
13 x 21 x 17 inches

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Gift of the James Renwick Alliannce and Various Donors and Museum Purchase, 1983.

Collection of National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Gift of the James Renwick Alliannce and Various Donors and Museum Purchase, 1983.

Department of Decorative Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago. Third Midwest Designer-Craftsmen 1957 Honor Awards-Peter Voulkos, 27 March-24 April 1957. Catalogue.

San Francisco Museum of Art. Peter Voulkos: A Retrospective: 1948-1978. (organized by the American Crafts Council, New York) 17 February-2 April 1978. Traveled. Checklist #30.

Long Beach Museum of Art, California. Masters of their Craft: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, (organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum), 4 June-1 August 2004. Traveled nationally. Book, ill. p. 103.

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California, Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968, 21 January-8 April 2012. Catalogue, ill. p. 124, color plate 42.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, 10 October 2015-24 January 2016. Travels to the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles. Book, p. 272, ill. p. 273.

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, 18 October 2016-15 March 2017, checklist #10. Travels to the Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C. 7 April-20 August 2017. Catalogue, pp. 38, 39, 103, 135, 138, 184, 186; ill. p. 38, fig. 6; p. 137, color plate 11; p. 139.

Selected Literature:
Slivka, Rose. Peter Voulkos: A Dialogue with Clay, New York Graphics Society in association with American Crafts Council, New York, 1978, ill. p. 36, figure 19.

Curtis, Cathy. “Voulkos: Thrown Art,” Daily Californian (University of California, Berkeley), March 10, 1978, ill.

Fischer, Hal. “The Art of Peter Voulkos,” Artforum, November 1978, cover ill.

Kaneko, Jun, “Reflections on the Voulkos Retrospective,” Craft Horizons, February, 1979, ill. p.30.

National Museum of American Art: Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Institution in association with Bullfinch Press, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1995, ill. p. 224.

Slivka Rose, Hisako Tsuchida and Ryuichi Matsubara. Peter Voulkos Retrospective. Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1995, ill. p. 15, fig. 1.

Slivka, Rose and Karen Tsujimoto. The Art of Peter Voulkos, Kodansha International in collaboration with The Oakland Museum, 1995; ill. p. 69, plate 24.

Trapp, Kenneth. Masters of their Craft: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2003, ill. p. 103.

Schwartz, Judith S. Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic, A&C Black, London and University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2008, ill. p. 11.

Marter, Joan, ed. The Grove Encylopedia of American Art, Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, ill. p. 131.

Lauria, Jo. “California’s New Crafts Movement,” Archives of American Art Journal, Volume 50:3-4, December 2011, ill. p. 56.

Seckler, Judy. “John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos,” Ceramics: Art and Perception, September-November 2012, p. 107, ill. p. 107.

Lynn, Martha Drexler, American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity 1940-1979, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2015, ill. p. 138.

Miller, Sequoia and John Stuart Gordon, The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Press, 2015, ill. p. 31, fig. 2.

Morineau, Camille, CERAMIX: Ceramics in Art from Rodin to Schütte, Snoeck Publishers, Brussels, Belgium, 2015. Color ill. p. 51.

Swenson, Kirsten. “Reviews: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957,” Art in America, December 2015, ill. p. 141.

Rosenberg, Karen, “Peter Voulkos: an Influential Sculptor Who Broke the Rules,” The New York Times, December 29, 2016 (online version).

Gopnik, Blake, “Peter Voulkos Made Great Sculpture by Being a Potter,” Artnet News, January 6, 2017, ill. (online).

Deming, Richard. “On Site: Reinventing the Wheel: Richard Deming on Peter Voulkos,” Artforum, March, 2017, p. 119.

Andréani, Carole. “Peter Voulkos: Naissance de la Céramique Américaine,” La Revue de la Céramique et du Verre, (France), March-April 2017, ill. p. 14.

Harvey, Lucy. “The Ceramicist Who Punched His Pots,”, posted online April 19, 2017.

Blau (Ein Kunstmagazin), Germany, Nr. 21, September 2017, ill. 51.

Obler, Bibiana K., “Lynda Benglis Recrafts Abstract Expressionism,” American Art, (the Journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum), University of Chicago Press, Spring 2018, Vol. 32, No. 1., ill. p. 7, fig. 6.

Photo: © Schopplein Studio

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