Jerry Rothman - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present owner in 1969

  • Literature

    Contemporary American Ceramics, 1950-1990: A Survey of American Objects and Vessels, exh. cat., Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto, 2002, cover, fig. 13 for a similar example
    Susan Peterson, Feat of Clay: Five Decades of Jerry Rothman, exh. cat., Laguna Art Museum, Santa Ana, 2003, pp. 25, 88 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Brooklyn-born Jerry Rothman studied ceramics in California under Peter Voulkos in the early 1950s and showed among the distinguished stable of artists at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles that included Ken Price and Billy Al Bengston. In direct contrast to his sculptural forms that followed the abstract expressionism sweeping through ceramics in the 1950s and 1960s, Rothman simultaneously maintained contracts as an industrial designer with some of the leading ceramics manufacturing firms, including Rosenthal China and Gladding, McBean & Co., to whom he sold some of his firing and glazing techniques for use in their Franciscan dinnerware, as well as for use in architectural projects. Using his extensive design knowledge to inform his work in ceramics, Rothman was responsible for the development of new, non-shrinking clay bodies, as well as a technique for high-firing clay to a metal armature in order to create larger scale sculptures, all the while maintaining a steady studio practice and exhibiting his work nationally.

    Jerry Rothman’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse.

The Modern Form: Property from the Collection of Betty and Stanley Sheinbaum


Sculpture, from the "Naked Lily" series

circa 1969
Glazed stoneware.
43 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (110.5 x 82.6 x 69.9 cm)

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,000

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New York Auction 12 December 2017