Inscribed LC: Solicitations Signed LR: Jos Vogel Stamped LL: Federal Art Project NYC WPA Addt'l markings: initialed on stone LL: VJ Original(NY)FAP label in file, dated in ink: 2/5/37 Stamped: FEB 9 1937
Large stoneware abstract sculpture with two balanced lateral crescent-shaped forms branching off a central conical structure. Brown with loosely-painted broad brushstrokes in black and incised decoration of rows of dots in a “stitching-like” pattern
Drawing inspiration from Japanese ceramics, American Abstract Expressionist painting, and improvisational jazz, Voulkos pushed the limits of his medium and moved beyond the realm of the ceramic vessel to a new level of sculpted and painted ceramic form.
Inspired by the large-scale, unpremeditated form, free-energy and bold gestural strokes of abstract expressionism, his work became marked by mass and size, spontaneous form, and a bold, painterly use of glazes.
A horizontal lighbox enclosed by a wide, black molded frame in which Kara Walker's signature silhouettes are encased in linen and lit from behind. Silhouettes represent four figures: a man and child at viewer's left, two women at right.
An example of Kara Walker's black cut paper silhouettes, here seen backlit within a large, framed lightbox, that engage viewers in a voyeuristic journey through unspeakable images taken from Walker's take on the Antebellum South. The four central figures, an Anglo American male at left, a child and two females -- all African American -- are engaged in power struggles that evoke both racial domination and struggle as well as sexual engagement and abuse. Visual tension is created by the disparity between the pristinely beautiful silhouettes and the atrocities their interactions represent.