PETER VOULKOS


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Donated by Estate of Ruth Braunstein

Got the Cobalt Blues, 1979

Lithograph

Edition: 81/200

Signed

34″ x 23″

Retail Value: $1,500

Minimum Bid: $525

 

 

 

 

Ruth Braunstein was a passionate collector, whose unerring eye enabled her to select the finest artworks her artists produced, and she had plenty of time in which to collect them—Ruth represented many of her artists for 35 years.

Ruth Braunstein trusted her gut to select idiosyncratic artworks of rare power and intelligence. The works in Ruth’s collection are full of humor, irony, and wit.

We are proud to have this Peter Voulkos lithograph from the Ruth Braunstein collection.

A West Coast potter and sculptor, Peter Voulkos (1924–2002) led in the development of pottery as an art form. With an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (1952), he taught at Black Mountain College (1953) where he was exposed to the avant-garde. In 1954, Voulkos moved to Los Angeles to become the chairman of a newly established ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (later renamed the Otis Art Institute) and soon assembled a remarkable group of students: Paul Soldner, Jerry Rothman, Kenneth Price, John Mason, Henry Takemoto, and others.

Left to Right: Peter Voulkos, Manuel Neri, Ruth Braunstein

Left to Right: Peter Voulkos, Manuel Neri, Ruth Braunstein

While influencing numerous students and achieving international status, Peter Voulkos was at the University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1985. His work introduced the so-called Abstract Expressionist movement that turned the polite world of American ceramics upside down. Arguably the most influential potter of the 20th century; his work is in over 100 museum collections worldwide. Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio were the first resident artists at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

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