A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes

January 29 - May 27, 2012

For more than 60 years Karen Karnes has been at the forefront of the studio pottery movement. Over her long career she has created some of the most iconic pottery of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. She has worked in some of the most significant cultural settings of her generation, including North Carolina’s avant-garde Black Mountain College in the 1950s.

Karnes’ artistic output is recognized for its understated, quietly poetic surfaces and sublime biomorphic forms. From her dramatic salt-glazed pottery of the 1960s and 70s, to her most recent complex joined sculptural pieces, Karnes consistently has challenged herself – with the unintentional consequence of irreversibly transforming the medium. She remains one of the medium’s most influential working potters and is a mentor to several generations of studio potters.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Notes
 
Karen Karnes
Untitled (Candleholder), 1950
Produced in Sesto Florentino, Italy
Glazed earthenware
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Anthony Cuñha
Karen Karnes
Flower Container, 1997
Produced in Morgan, VT

Glazed stoneware, wood-fired
Collection of Abel Weinrib
Photography: Anthony Cuñha
Karen Karnes
Vases, 1977-1997
Produced in Stony Point, NY

Stoneware, salt-glazed
Photography: Anthony Cuñha
Karen Karnes
Three Forms (detail), 2002
Produced in Morgan, VT

Stoneware, salt-glazed

Private Collection, New York
Photography: Anthony Cuñha
 

The organization and presentation of A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes was generously funded by an Artist Exhibition grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Ceres Trust, Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design and the University of North Carolina Press, who undertook the production and distribution of the handsome exhibition catalogue. The exhibition will travel to four museums nationwide after the presentation at ASU.

The presentation of this exhibition at the Racine Art Museum is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, Inc., and Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., and Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, Friends of Fiber Art International, In Sink Erator, Real Racine and Runzheimer Foundation