Shapes from Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A Ellison Jr. Collection

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For the past 50 years, Robert A. Ellison Jr. has assembled one of the most significant collections of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century ceramics. Presenting a comprehensive overview, Shapes From Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection features over 150 works from the New York City-based collector. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title, this illuminating book documents Ellison's focus on the exploration of shape and form in clay.

Featuring essays by Robert A. Ellison Jr. and Glenn Adamson, artist biographies by Elizabeth Essner, and an introduction from the exhibition’s curator, Adrienne Spinozzi, Shapes from Out of Nowhere documents Ellison’s journey of discovering and collecting abstract ceramics. The book reconsiders the established timeline of 20th-century ceramics and provides a more accurate and fuller picture, one that situates a number of artists engaged in deconstructing the vessel form in the 1950s and 1960s, eschewing the precise symmetry of the wheel for the possibilities of hand building. This international story is told through artists well known for their breakthroughs, including Axel Salto, Ken Price, Jim Melchert, and Peter Voulkos—the progenitor of the American studio movement—as well as under-recognized artists who transformed—and continue to expand—the possibilities of the medium. This ongoing progression is manifest through examples that span in date over the last half century and up through the present with work by Kathy Butterly, Elisa D’Arrigo, Anne Marie Laureys, and Aneta Regel, women who are actively pushing clay in new and uncharted directions.

This transformative collection of 125 works was given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2020 and 2021 in honor of the Museum's 150th anniversary; this lavishly illustrated book serves as both an exhibition catalog and a document of the gift to the Museum.

For the past 50 years, Robert A. Ellison Jr. has assembled one of the most significant collections of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century ceramics. Presenting a comprehensive overview, Shapes From Out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection features over 150 works from the New York City-based collector. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title, this illuminating book documents Ellison's focus on the exploration of shape and form in clay.

Featuring essays by Robert A. Ellison Jr. and Glenn Adamson, artist biographies by Elizabeth Essner, and an introduction from the exhibition’s curator, Adrienne Spinozzi, Shapes from Out of Nowhere documents Ellison’s journey of discovering and collecting abstract ceramics. The book reconsiders the...See More

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  • Publisher: August Editions
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  • Pages: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 10'' x 12''
  • ISBN: 9781947359062
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