The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, February 25, 2018

Contemporary Works in Clay from Kansas City Collection Featured in Exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins
Akio Takamori, Japanese, b 1950. Kanzan from “The Laughing Monk” series, 2006. Stoneware with underglazes. Promised gift the the Lennie and Jerry Berkowitz collection in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

KANSAS CITY, MO- Contemporary works in clay from the outstanding collection of Lennie and Jerry Berkowitz are on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in an exhibition that opened today, Dec. 15, in the Bloch Building. Collecting with Passion: Contemporary Ceramics from the Lennie and Jerry Berkowitz Collection features works of art by such noted American artists as studio potter Ken Ferguson and sculptor Akio Takamori.

Each of the 17 works of art in the exhibition is among 24 that the Berkowitzes promised to the Museum in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Nelson-Atkins. The couple has served as an inspiration for other Kansas City collectors.

“This installation celebrates the generosity of Lennie and Jerry Berkowitz, and it illustrates their passion for collecting extraordinary contemporary ceramics,” said Catherine Futter, the Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann curator of decorative arts. “We are honored to share with Museum visitors one of Kansas City’s great collections of ceramics.”

Among the artists are several who have ties to the Kansas City Art Institute, which celebrated its 125th anniversary this year. Three pieces in the exhibition are by Ken Ferguson (1928–2004), who was chairman of the KCAI ceramics department for 32 years. He constantly blurred the boundaries between traditional and contemporary, using functional forms such as teapots and jars to experiment with line, movement, free-flowing glazes and irregular shapes.

Another artist featured in the exhibition, Richard Notkin (b. 1948), is one of the most well-known graduates of the KCAI ceramics program. Using unglazed stoneware or Chinese Yixing wares, he creates small, provocative works that engage large ideas with force and humor.

Also featured in the exhibition is the artist Akio Takamori, who was born in Japan in 1950, but has spent more than half of his life in the United States, giving him a perspective of both an insider and outsider in Japanese and American cultures. He warps time and history to create his own global identity with his ceramics.

The exhibition also features a work by Peter Voulkos, described as a rule-breaking innovator and an unorthodox teacher in the field of ceramics. Voulkos was inspired by the spontaneity of Japanese ceramics and American Abstract Expressionist painting.

Other artists in the exhibition are Ruth Duckworth, Lydia Buzio, Richard DeVore, Ah Leon, Adrian Saxe, Kurt Weiser, Beatrice Wood and Ralph Bacerra.

The Berkowitz exhibition will be on view through April 10, 2011.

Today's News

December 16, 2010

Celebrated Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 103, Opens Museum of His Work

Sotheby's Sale of 20th Century British Art Establishes a New Auction World Record

After Nine Months of Tests, French Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henri IV

Restored Masterpiece on View in New Installation at Metropolitan Museum        

Israel Museum and Museum in San Diego Jointly Purchase Ann Lislegaard Video Installation

Robert A. M. Stern Named 2011 Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture Laureate

Currier Museum of Art Adds Major Contemporary Work by Glenn Ligon to Collection

Stunning Watercolour of East Sussex Cottage by Helen Allingham to be Sold at Bonhams

Adam Szymczyk Named 2011 Recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement

A Group of Masterpieces from the Besselaar Collection are Sold for $2.8 Million

Cantor Arts Center's Contemporary Gallery Features New Works and Old Favorites

Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar Sells for $7.66 Million at Bonhams & Butterfields

Contemporary Works in Clay from Kansas City Collection Featured in Exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins

Stephenson's to Welcome 2011 with Auction of Fine and Decorative Art; Superb Silver and Jewelry

Exhibition Marks Eric Zimmerman's First Solo Museum Show on View at the Austin Museum of Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Works in Wood

The Morris Announces Appointment of New Curator of Education

Artist Sam Gilliam Creates Site-Specific Work for the Phillips Collection's 90th Anniversary

Rare Desk Clock Steals the Show in Sotheby's Sale of Watches

Heritage Announces "The Savannah Collection" of More than 40,000 Comics Valued at $1 Million to be Auctioned

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time

2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet

4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù

6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online

7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School

9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion

10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful