EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes/ group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1970–present
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
June 18–August 7, 2016
“We are focusing on the lineage between generations of contemporary artists who are working within the figural genre. The first generation of post WW II artists inspired a second and now a third generation of contemporary artists exploring figural sculpture through their work, teaching, and the educational programs they established. Likewise, the first generation of collectors are actively feeding new and established collections through gifts and sales of masterworks collected during their lifetimes.
“By exhibiting works from artist studios, estates, and private collections that together span five decades, we are creating a generational investigation that explores the work of contemporary artists who were educated in the programs founded by the master artists.” Leslie Ferrin
This exhibition, catalog, and related programming provides collectors and artists an opportunity to survey and reflect on fifty years of the figure.
The artists in the project include Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Jeanclos George, Gerit Grimm, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, and Beatrice Wood.