The Breakthrough Years
28 x 23 cm | 11 x 9 in
130 ills | 108 pages
Contributors Glenn Adamson, Elissa Auther, Barbara Paris Gifford, Jim Melchert, Ruby Neri, Andrew Perchuk, Jenni Sorkin
Peter Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years is the first monograph in over 20 years on the artist Peter Voulkos.
Covering the most prolific span of Voulkos' career, from the early 1950s to the 1970s, the book includes both his well-known ceramic works and his largely overlooked paintings.
While Voulkos' work has most often been discussed in relation the the practice of ceramics, the writers in the book explore the artist's work through the scope of art history and in contemporary light. In addition to engaging with the breakthrough years of Voulkos' practice, a focus is also put on his legacy today, as numerous artists explore the expressive language of clay that he helped to reinvent.