Unexpected by Janet KoplosUnexpected by Janet Koplos


byJanet Koplos

Hardcover | June 1, 1999

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Throughout the 20th century, prominent artists from Pablo Picasso to A. R. Penck have experimented with ceramics. The works they produced have complemented and often expanded upon their styles and techniques in painting and sculpture, but they have rarely been studied by art historians. Here for the first time are ceramic works by 23 European artists, all from the extensive collection of artists' pottery at the Museum Het Kruithuis in the Netherlands -- the only such collection in the world.

Ceramics by Miro, Leger, Chagall, Braque, Dufy, and Cocteau are beautifully illustrated and discussed, as is the work of Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and other members of the mid-century CoBrA movement, and that of contemporary artists such as Mimmo Paladino and Bruce McLean. Essays set the ceramics in context, and documentary photographs show the artists at work.

Title:UnexpectedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:172 pages, 12 × 10 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810963698

ISBN - 13:9780810963696

Appropriate for ages: 13

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When you think of Pablo Picasso or A.R. Penck, you don’t think of the ceramics they produced. Although many lauded 20th century artists experimented with this medium, critics and historians largely ignored the work. The Unexpected presents ceramic art of 23 European artists from Miro, Leger, Chagall and others. Essays by Janet Koplos, Max Borka, Willemijn Stokvis and Jos Poodt explain how these works fit into the artists’career.