Peter Voulkos, Vasa, Anaqua, 2967-68, sculpture, stoneware, height 32in, diameter 11in
Lot 62
Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) Anaqua, 1968 (CR681.9-G) diameter 11in (27.9cm)
height 32in (81.3cm)
Sold for US$ 35,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
Peter Voulkos, Vasa, Anaqua, 2967-68, sculpture, stoneware, height 32in, diameter 11in
Peter Voulkos (1924-2002)
Anaqua, 1968 (CR681.9-G)
signed and dated 'Voulkos 68' (on the underside)
gas fired wheel-thrown, stoneware sections, stacked and joined with clay pass-throughs, red iron slip and clear glaze
diameter 11in (27.9cm)
height 32in (81.3cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California
    Collection of Julius Blank, Northern California (acquired directly from the above)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    EXHIBITED:
    San Francisco, California, Quay Gallery, Peter Voulkos: Pottery, June 4-30, 1968
    San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Art, Peter Voulkos: A Retrospective: 1948-1978, February 17-April 2, 1978, no. 113. Traveled to Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee
    San Francisco, California, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Peter Voulkos: The Montana, Otis & Berkeley Years: 1950s-1970s, January 22–February 21, 2009, no. 10

    LITERATURE:
    Melchert, Jim. "Peter Voulkos: A Return to Clay." Craft Horizons. September/October, 1968, p. 20, illus.
    Slivka, Rose. Peter Voulkos: A Dialogue with Clay. New York: New York Graphics Society in association with American Crafts Council, 1978, no. 48, p. 73, illus.

    During an extended visit to Italy in 1967, Voulkos became friendly with and inspired by several artists, including Arnaldo Pomodoro, Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana. Each of these artists tested the limits of their respective medium by burning, tearing and slashing the materials.

    Upon his return to the Bay Area, Voulkos recommenced his work with clay. He began to use clay in new and inventive ways, with clear connections to the work of his Italian counterparts. As a result, Voulkos created fourteen vessels and five plates which were exhibited at Quay Gallery in 1968 (see the above reference). These works are often referred to as his "blackware" pieces, as each work was black in color. This lot is among these works.

    We are grateful to Sam Jornlin and the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue project for assisting with this catalog description.
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