By Mark Shapiro
Popular ceramic artist Karen Karnes has created probably the most iconic pottery of the overdue 20th and early twenty-first centuries. The physique of labor she has produced in her greater than sixty years within the studio is awesome for its intensity, own voice, and constant innovation. lots of her items defy classification, invoking physique and panorama, pottery and sculpture, female and male, hand and eye.
Equally compelling are Karnes's studies in the most major cultural settings of her iteration: from the worker-owned cooperative housing of her adolescence, to Brooklyn university below modernist Serge Chermayeff, to North Carolina's avant-garde Black Mountain university, to the Gate Hill Cooperative in Stony element, ny, which Karnes helped identify as an scan in integrating artwork, lifestyles, relatives, and neighborhood.
This booklet, designed to accompany an convey of Karnes's works prepared by way of Peter Held, curator of ceramics for the Arizona nation collage paintings Museum's Ceramic learn middle, bargains a entire examine the existence and paintings of Karnes. Edited by way of very popular studio potter Mark Shapiro, it combines essays by way of prime critics and students with colour reproductions of greater than sixty of her works, supplying new views for knowing the achievements of this amazing artist.