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Still Life Vase #10

Betty Woodman

Contemporary Art

Betty Woodman is one of the preeminent ceramic artists working today. In her pieces she combines traditional techniques and materials with her own innovations, constantly crossing the boundaries between fine arts and crafts to extend the possibilities of ceramics. Still-Life Vase #10, from a series begun in 1990, displays the boldness of this artist’s approach. A fully developed large vase is the core of the piece, but its form gets almost obliterated by the dramatically painted surface. Large protruding wings, or handles, attached at the sides are themselves shaped as incomplete, flat vessels adorned with handles and other protrusions. Thus, the piece presents an arrangement of objects in space, a fundamental feature of the still-life genre in visual art.
MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
DATES 1990
DIMENSIONS 32 1/2 x 39 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (82.6 x 101 x 26.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of Laurence Shopmaker in memory of Scott Burton
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Betty Woodman (American, 1930–2018). Still Life Vase #10, 1990. Glazed earthenware, 32 1/2 x 39 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (82.6 x 101 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Laurence Shopmaker in memory of Scott Burton , 1992.109. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.109_side1_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE profile, side 1, 1992.109_side1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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