Monday, February 8, 2010

Robert Ellison Collection

Here are a few photos from the newly installed American Wing at the Met museum, where the Robert A. Ellison collection of art pottery has found a new home as a promised gift. The pots range in date from about 1876-1956 and seem to represent nearly every strain of decorative, art, and studio pottery in the U.S. during that time. There are numerous works by George Ohr, the "mad potter of Biloxi", and here one can start to grasp why he is considered such a touchstone for the idea of the clay object as art object. His works are thrilling, magnificently unconventional, and risky-feeling. They do not tend to be large, but they are no end of surprising. The potters of Greenwich House were given a tour led by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, who curated the installation.

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