Magdalene A.N. Odundo DBE at Salon 94 in New York, NY

Salon 94’s new location has a third floor that you access through a back staircase. If you know Magdalene A.N. Odundo DBE’s ceramics, her work basically beckons you. You know it is her work, you always want to get closer, and you only wish you could touch. The forms and surface are like no other. “Considered one of the premier ceramicists working today, Magdalene A. … Continue reading Magdalene A.N. Odundo DBE at Salon 94 in New York, NY

Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY

I highly recommend going to the Brooklyn Museum to see KAWS: What Party and Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. As if those two weren’t enough, I thought I’d share a few more images that made my visit really perfect. Wherever I am, I always stop and look at ceramics. I just cannot help myself. This piece photographs poorly, as it is in a glass case, … Continue reading Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY

Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” in Brooklyn, NY

If you read my blog you are well aware that I am a huge Judy Chicago fan. Today being Chicago’s 82nd birthday, I thought I’d share with you photos from my much awaited visit to see The Dinner Party, which is permanently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. “The Dinner Party, an important icon of 1970s feminist art and a milestone in twentieth-century art, is … Continue reading Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” in Brooklyn, NY

Derek Weisberg in New York, NY

During the past year and a half, I have taken more classes online than I can count. One of the first was taught by Derek Weisberg through Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. I ended up taking every ceramic history course he offered on line, despite them almost always starting at 7 AM Pacific Time (for me). I was genuinely bummed when his classes … Continue reading Derek Weisberg in New York, NY

Alice Mackler in New York, NY

I was fortunate to get to see Alice Mackler’s recent show at Kerry Schuss Gallery in New York. “Alice Mackler’s fifth solo exhibition at Kerry Schuss Gallery features nine ceramic sculptures along with a small selection of paintings all created during the last two years. With her new sculptures Mackler continues to focus on the theme that has animated her work for more than over … Continue reading Alice Mackler in New York, NY

Light switch covers at NADA House 2021 on Governors Island, NY

My daughter and I had such a good time discovering the light switch covers at the NADA Houses. While we definitely missed some, below you will find photos of most of the ones we did see. The artist run, curatorial collective, Turn Onz – Detroit, was behind the idea of adorning the switch covers with art. You can read more about Turn Onz and the … Continue reading Light switch covers at NADA House 2021 on Governors Island, NY

NADA House 2021 on Governors Island, NY

The purpose of my trip to Governors Island was to see NADA House 2021. I’ve been attending NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) shows at Art Basel in Miami for years and really believe in what they are doing. At a NADA show, I always find new artists to keep my eye on, and their venues are always cool. “The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is … Continue reading NADA House 2021 on Governors Island, NY

Elisabeth Kley in New York, NY

As I walked into the Katherine Bradford show at Canada gallery, I noticed these amazing planters in the window. I thought I recognized them, and it turned out that I was right. The planters were by Elisabeth Kley! I had never seen her work in person, but loved the virtual talk I attended back in October of 2020. Besides the planters in the window, there … Continue reading Elisabeth Kley in New York, NY

“Shapes from Out of Nowhere” in New York, NY

Shapes from Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was another show I was longing to see. The exhibition consists of over 75 works, from a collection of 125 modern and contemporary ceramics that Ellison donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on their 150th anniversary. I felt like I was walking into a party … Continue reading “Shapes from Out of Nowhere” in New York, NY

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #7)

I never truly understood the KAWS phenomenon. My friend Jayson, with whose art opinion I almost always agree, kept telling me about how Brian Donnelly (KAWS) is the guy to watch. I listened to an interview with Donnelly last year, but I still didn’t quite get it. I’ve paid attention to the prices KAWS’ work has been selling for, and the hype surrounding him. Well, … Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #7)

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #6)

What a week! I have watched and participated in so many online classes and lectures the past year, yet somehow I still continue to find programs that I did not know about until now. Last week I came across a talk with Sheila Hicks. Little did I know this was Friedman Benda’s 100th Design in Dialogue talk! Design in Dialogue is an absolute treasure trove … Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #6)

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #5)

As I await my second vaccine, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I have planned a trip to NYC in May to see my daughter, friends and family. I have a long list of art to see as well. This week, I once again saw so many amazing art related things on line. I’m only sharing some, as it takes a … Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #5)

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #4)

I sign up for, and attend, a lot of lectures and classes. Sometimes there will be one I look forward to even more than the rest. The Everson Museum hosted their 11th annual ceramics lecture this past week, and I simply could not wait. Grayson Perry was the featured artist, and while I could not imagine liking Perry more than I already did, his talk … Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #4)

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #3)

This week I watched another Norton Lecture, the second of six virtual presentations by Laurie Anderson, recipient of the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry at Harvard. I have to admit to having been totally mesmerized by her hour-long presentation. I just kept thinking wow, some people are just so talented and brilliant. Laurie also happens to be a close friend of my dear friend … Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #3)

More from the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA

I have been carefully and diligently sheltering in place this past year, so going out to a museum Sunday was a big deal for me. The Seattle Art Museum is a mid-sized museum and they have some wonderful pieces in their permanent collection. Seeing most of the work again was like getting back together with long lost friends, and a few new pieces felt like … Continue reading More from the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #2)

Here are a few highlights from the past week of learning and discovery. Last Monday evening I attended a Zoom lecture with Maira Kalman. While I already knew her paintings and illustrations are charming, it was hearing Kalman talk about her work and life that made me want to be her new best friend. She is sharp and talented. If you don’t know about Kalman, … Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #2)

A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #1)

Since the beginning of quarantine, I have been attending a bunch of terrific online lectures from all across the country. In just the past month or so I’ve had the pleasure of hearing live talks by a list of artists that includes Theaster Gates, Edmund de Waal, Peter Pincus, Syd Carpenter, Ghada Amer, Kathy Butterly, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Glenn Ligon (with Hilton Als) to name just a few. Continue reading A Week in Images (Quarantine Learning Report #1)

Thirteen Great Art Books

I absolutely love art books. I buy exhibition catalogs after almost every show I see. They are my souvenirs, and I look at them over and over again. This past year I’ve been trying to keep up with the books for shows that I have missed, or still hope to see. Here are thirteen, some I’ve purchased, some I still want, in no particular order. … Continue reading Thirteen Great Art Books

Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Richard Notkin at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA (Quarantine Learning Report)

Friday night I enjoyed listening to fellow Washingtonians Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Richard Notkin talk about their long and wonderful careers as artists. All three were charming, self-deprecating and seemingly unchanged by their success. They have worked hard, and offered great advice for other artists of all sorts. Continue reading Patti Warashina, Tip Toland and Richard Notkin at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA (Quarantine Learning Report)

Rebecca Hutchinson (Quarantine Learning Report)

I spent the weekend taking a participatory Zoom workshop with ceramicist, educator, and installation artist Rebecca Hutchinson. I had not seen Rebecca’s work before, but have been taking lots of classes the past year through the ceramics program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard. If Kathy King, who is the Director of Education of the program and wonderful ceramicist and educator herself, has … Continue reading Rebecca Hutchinson (Quarantine Learning Report)

Ken Price

On his birthday, today I thought a lot about the fabulous Ken Price (February 16, 1935- February 24, 2012). Ken Price was an American artist best known for his small-scale ceramic sculptures which resembled biomorphic blobs, sliced geodes, and surreal teacups. Derived from Mexican-folk pottery, geology, erotic objects, and surf culture, Price’s influences were imaginative and eclectic. “You can see the whole piece and all … Continue reading Ken Price

Mitchell Spain

I’m super picky about what I like. I can appreciate the technical work that goes into all sorts of different art mediums, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy them all equally, from an aesthetic perspective. I adore Mitchell Spain’s work on every level. It is both technically and visually wonderful. He has written a book on his ceramic threading process for the flasks. These are … Continue reading Mitchell Spain

Butter dishes!

In September I got to participate in a Zoom call (through the Archie Bray Foundation annual auction) with legendary ceramic artist and educator John Gill. In the midst of his paper cutting demonstration, for which he is notorious among his students at Alfred University, John asked his assistant to bring out a butter dish from the basement. He used it to further explain the importance … Continue reading Butter dishes!

My week that didn’t happen, New York, NY

I was supposed to be in New York City a lot this April, and had a long list of art shows I planned to see on the first trip. Before every visit, I make a list. I organize it by neighborhood, plot out the days so that friends might join me, coordinate evening plans and fit everything in. Then I add on once I’m there. … Continue reading My week that didn’t happen, New York, NY

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

My youngest son is doing distance learning from home along with every other college student. It is truly great having him home but I still lament the loss of what we’d have been doing in Ithaca this past weekend, as we were scheduled to be visiting him for his first big rowing event of the season. When visiting Cornell University, I always go to the … Continue reading Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Harbourfront Centre and the Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario (day three)

My last day in Toronto was a short one as I had a late afternoon flight to catch. I still had places I wanted to see on my list, and unfortunately had to postpone a few artist studio visits until my next trip. The day was grey and blustery, and a snowstorm was expected to hit the city pretty hard. Continue reading Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Harbourfront Centre and the Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario (day three)

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and a few great neighborhoods, Toronto, Ontario (day two)

I started day two in Toronto by arriving at the Art Gallery of Ontario as soon as it opened. I was excited to see the Diane Arbus show, as I have always loved her photographs, and she was the topic of one of the art history lectures at a Seattle lecture series I’ve been attending this year. I had a renewed interest in her, and her work and even learned that her name is pronounced “Dionne.” I never knew that. Continue reading Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and a few great neighborhoods, Toronto, Ontario (day two)

The Gardiner Museum, Bata Shoe Museum and MOCA Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

I got a chance to go to Toronto right before the Coronavirus outbreak, so I now feel especially fortunate to have been able to see so much. I had never been to Toronto before but, having enjoyed everywhere else I’d been to in Canada, I was excited to explore. I got an old fashioned paper map from the hotel and plotted out the two and … Continue reading The Gardiner Museum, Bata Shoe Museum and MOCA Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Seattle Asian Art Museum in Seattle, WA

Still operating with the same boiler since its opening in 1933, the Seattle Asian Art Museum has reopened after a two-year and $56 million, top-to-bottom renovation. I had a chance to go to the opening night event, and was pleased to see how well they had preserved the beautiful Art Deco building—home to the Seattle Art Museum’s Asian Art collection and set in the midst … Continue reading Seattle Asian Art Museum in Seattle, WA

Carol Gouthro in Bellevue, WA

Carol Gouthro is a Seattle-based, Canadian-American ceramic artist and educator, whose work is presently featured in the Forum at the Bellevue Art Museum. Carol creates her own fantastical world, which features extraordinary species from her own imagination. Each piece comes with its own pseudo-scientific name. Writes Gouthro, “After many years of closely observing and collecting plants and constructing vessel forms that transformed into plant forms, I began inventing my own hybrid flower/animal species using botanical nomenclature as my departure point.” Continue reading Carol Gouthro in Bellevue, WA

Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT

One of my favorite parts of being involved in the clay and art community is meeting people from all over the country and world, thanks to the Internet. After moving to Seattle from the East Coast in 2006, I’ve been able to explore parts of the country that I frankly had never thought about. I’ve learned that Montana is a hotbed of ceramic artists. I have taken workshops from a range of Montana artists, and on whole have found them… Continue reading Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT

The SF Museum of Modern Art and SFO Airport in San Francisco, CA

I had not been to the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art since it reopened in May of 2016. I was impressed by its beautifully lit gallery spaces, overall size (170,000 square feet of exhibition space) and design. They have over 33,000 works of art in their permanent collection. I was hopeful that they would have one of the two paintings that they own by Bay Area artist Roland Petersen on view, but no such luck. I was enamored nevertheless. Continue reading The SF Museum of Modern Art and SFO Airport in San Francisco, CA

Annabeth Rosen in San Francisco, CA

I have been a bit obsessed with the work of Annabeth Rosen for quite some time, yet had never before seen it in person. Best known for her sculptural work, Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, chronicles over 20 years of Rosen’s work in ceramics. Raised in Brooklyn, Rosen has taught ceramic art at the college level for 30 … Continue reading Annabeth Rosen in San Francisco, CA

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in Miami, FL

I used to stay at the hotel in Miami Beach in which NADA was held. It was easy to walk through multiple times, but the lighting was bad. NADA has always been a favorite show of mine as the art was cool, but the venue never felt right. That hotel was damaged in a hurricane and remains abandoned, and NADA is now housed at Ice Palace Studios. While a bit harder to get to, the venue is fitting for one of the must-see shows during Art Basel. Last year they had 134 exhibitors and approximately 15,000 visitors. They first launched the fair in 2003. I think this was the best year yet.

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Design Miami in Miami Beach, FL

As the Art Basel fairs have grown, I’ve gotten smarter, and have been staying longer. Even with that, it’s hard to fit everything in. This was my first time attending the Design Miami show, and it was the most beautiful of all of the art fairs. The galleries were obviously carefully selected and the booths were well-curated. Design Miami is not to be missed.

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Meridians at Art Basel in Miami Beach, FL

The Miami Beach Convention Center has been newly renovated, and completed, since last year’s Art Basel. Meridians, curated by Magali Arriola, presented 34 large-scale projects that cannot normally be shown at an art fair. Directly upstairs (via an escalator) from the exhibition hall of Art Basel were large-scale sculptures and paintings, live performances, installations and video projections in about 60,000 square feet of space. Continue reading Meridians at Art Basel in Miami Beach, FL

Art Miami and Context Art Miami in Miami, FL

Art Miami and Context Art Miami are in two adjacent tents located in Miami, FL. They are easy to get to from South Beach, but you have to take into account traffic. It took me an hour to get there, and 12 minutes to get back to my hotel. I went preview night and purposely went to Art Miami first, and to Context with an hour to spare. Art Miami was super… Continue reading Art Miami and Context Art Miami in Miami, FL

Pulse Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL

Pulse is in a temporary tent, very close to the UNTITLED tent. I got there for the opening VIP brunch, which was actually quite fun. It’s hard to beat the weather in Miami (indoor/outdoor brunch at 11 a.m. in December) and the CBD cocktails and CBD popsicles were quite the hit with the crowd. This is the 15th year for Pulse, with 65 exhibitors. Last year they had 10,000 visitors. Continue reading Pulse Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL