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Little Big Horn

Peter Voulkos, Little Big Horn
1959

Stoneware with slip and glaze
62 x 40 x 40 inches
Signed and dated

Collection:
The Oakland Museum of California: Gift of the Art Guild of The Oakland Museum Association in Memory of Helen Schilling Stelzner, 1963.

Provenance:
Collection of the Oakland Museum of California: Gift of the Art Guild of The Oakland Museum Association in Memory of Helen Schilling Stelzner, 1963.

Exhibitions:
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles. Peter Voulkos: Sculpture/Painting/Ceramics, 4-23 May 1959. Catalogue.

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Première Biennale de Paris, 2-25 October 1959. Catalogue, checklist #30, ill.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sculpture and Painting by Peter Voulkos, 1 February-13 March 1960. Brochure, checklist #3, ill.

Primus-Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles. Voulkos, 16 October-11 November 1961.

Fine Arts Pavillion, Seattle Worlsd's Fair. Adventures in Art, 17 September-21 October 1962. Catalogue, ill. p. 104.

Kaiser Center, Oakland. Contemporary California Sculpture, (organized by The Oakland Museum). 5 August-15 September 1963.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Peter Voulkos: Sculpture, 14 April-20 June 1965. Catalogue, checklist #3, ill.

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Kompas 4: West Coast USA, 21 November 1969-4 January 1970. Traveled in Europe. Catalogue, checklist #56, ill. p. 37.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Two Hundred Years of American Sculpture. 16 March-26 September 1976. Book, ill. p. 229, fig. 356.

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 #62.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties, 21 July-4 October 1981. Traveled. Catalogue, checklist #117, ill. p. 118.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Ceramic Sculpture: Six Artists, 9 December 1981-7 February 1982. Traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Catalogue.

The Oakland Museum of California. The Art of Peter Voulkos, 22 July-12 November 1995. Traveled to the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California and the American Craft Museum, New York. Book, ill. p. 23, color plate 7.

Queens Museum of Art, New York. Modern Odysseys: Greek American Artists of the Twentieth Century, 9 October 1999-30 January 2000. Catalogue, ill.

The Oakland Museum of California. Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA, (California College of the Arts). 13 October 2007-13 March 2008. Catalogue, ill.

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1945-1970, 1 October 2011-5 February 2012. Traveled to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 15 March-10 June 2012. Catalogue, ill. p. 57, color plate fig. 1.50.

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, 18 October 2016-15 March 2017, checklist #17. Travels to the Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C. 7 April-20 August 2017. Catalogue, pp. 39, 43, 142, 147, 150, 153, 154, 158, 160, 187, 188; ill. pp. 43, fig. 11; p. 51, p. 64, fig. 5; p. 151, color plate 17; p. 153, fig. 12; p. 166, fig. 14; back cover.

Selected Literature:
“CeramActivities; Ceramics Monthly, April 1960, ill. p. 34.

“Contemporary California Sculpture,” Artforum, August, 1963, ill. back cover.

Marmer, Nancy. “Los Angeles,” Artforum, June 1965, p. 9.

Coplans, John. “Voulkos: Redemption through Ceramics,” Artnews, Summer, 1965, ill. p. 39.

Slivka, Rose. Peter Voulkos: A Dialogue with Clay, New York Graphics Society in association with American Crafts Council, New York, 1978, ill. p. 114, figure 74.

Speight, Charlotte F., Hands in Clay: An Introduction to Ceramics, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., Sherman Oaks, California, 1979, ill. p. 196, fig. 8-16.

Cohen, Ronny H. “Clay at the Whitney,” American Craft, February-March 1982. ill. p. 29.

Slivka, Rose. “The Dynamics of Destruction,” Art in America, January 1999, ill. p. 86.

Knight, Christopher. “L.A.'s Moment: Crosscurrents at the Getty Marks a Shift in Focus on our Postwar Artists,” Los Angeles Times Calendar, October 1, 2011, ill. p. D1.

Peabody, Rebecca, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips, and Rani Singh. Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945–1980, Getty Research Institute and J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Publications, Los Angeles, 2011, color ill. p. 57, color plate fig. 1.50.

MacNaughton, Mary Davis, ed. Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968, Getty Publications in association with the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, Claremont, California, 2012, ill. pp. 140, 141, color plates 58a, 58b.

Fineberg, Jonathan. A Troublesome Subject: The Art of Robert Arneson, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2013, ill. p. 31, figure 1.7.

Rosenberg, Karen, “Peter Voulkos: an Influential Sculptor Who Broke the Rules,” The New York Times, December 30, 2016, p. C20 (print version), December 29, 2016 (online version).

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

Andréani, Carole, “Peter Voulkos: Naissance de la Céramique Américaine,” La Revue de la Céramique et du Verre, (France), March-April 2017, ill. cover, pp. 1, 17.

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

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