12/9/10

friday new art finds: george e ohr

this week's friday new art finds is crazy, eccentric, genius George E Ohr.  (thanks to tod for turning me on to him).  i had never heard of him or seen is work until tod brought home a big book from the university library. i was stunned when i looked through the book.  his pottery is alive.  it is sensual and imperfect and stunning.  he did things that no one had ever done and as far i as know, never has to this day.  you can read about 'the mad pottery' via this smithsonian magazine article.

i'm excited to hear about the frank gehry building that now houses his work at the Ohr, O'keefe Musuem of art in Biloxi, MS.  you can read about that here

you know me, i just wanna show you pictures and let you find your own thread to follow.  enjoy! if you can find the book you will have a blast soaking up all that creativity.

glazed ceramic, 1857- 1918
at the MOMA







these pictures do not do justice to his work.  the book is much more interesting and i was loving his unglazed pieces the most.  the shapes, the sandstone deserty look to them blew my mind.  anyone heard of him already?  been to the museum?

8 comments:

andrea said...

Some pottery doesn't look like it's of the earth. Organic is the first word I'd used for this. His work is groovy.

ArtPropelled said...

Out of this world! never heard of him. Amazing how thin some of the pieces are... or rather the actual walls of the pieces. I love quirky!

paula said...

glad you like, and robyn i found someone you dont know! i win the jackpot!!! if you could see that book you would blow brain cells...incredible stuff.

Angela Recada said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the photos and links. His pottery looks amazingly modern and ancient at the same time. LOVE his 'stache, too!
:0)

Marty said...

He did not sell his important pieces lifetime. "I want an artist's price for artist's work"
In 1904 that price was it's weight in GOLD. You could buy a piece for $ 200.00 - $300.00

mansuetude said...

i heard he stuffed his craziest pots in the shed and told his daughter not to open it, knowing somehow that what he was doing was perfect, but for the future's eyes,

andit IS.
Since we;re deconstructing forms everwhere.


i would love that book.

paula said...

that doesn't surprise me marty...from what i hear no one got it and hated his work :(
m: that just makes him all the more genius to me!

Tod said...

A few Art Historians have convincingly argued that he is the true founder of Abstract Expressionism. His abstract 'pots' (the later ones are some of the earliest examples of abstract art in the western world - they are of excluded because of their functionaltiy) pre-date the Abstract Expressionism movement by more than 40 years! He should be at least as well known as de Kooning.