Rudy Autio - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1983

  • Literature

    Janet Wilson, ed., Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, 1998, p. 83 for a similar example
    Louana M. Lackey, Rudy Autio, Westerville, 2002, pls. 12, 26-27, 54-55 for similar examples
    Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf, Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, Asheville, 2010, p. 394 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    A Montana native and frequent collaborator of Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio's trajectory in American craft history is often tied to his, as Voulkos notes: "From the beginning we had a lot in common; we had clay, music, guitars, art, Montana, immigrant parents, new families, no money, military service, the G.I. Bill, athlete's foot, and a passion for making stuff." (Makers, p. 229). In the 1950s Autio worked side by side with Voulkos in Montana at the Archie Bray Foundation and then, independently, as a ceramics instructor at the University of Montana. Like Voulkos, Autio left ceramics for a period of time to work in metal, along with glass and cast cement, before ultimately returning to ceramics by 1980. The present lot is an excellent example of Autio's work of this later period: a two-sided form with "ears," or extensions, which are the protruding limbs of the figures depicted on the surfaces, defined by heavy black outlines. Repetitively populated with depictions of female nudes and horses, Autio’s subject matter has often-debated significance as Autio simply claimed he was the horse, leaving critical analyses to assign their own conclusions.

    Examples of Autio’s ceramic sculptures are held in the permanent collections of several institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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


Oracle of the Pale Horse

Glazed stoneware.
19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) high
Incised Autio 82.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $7,500

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New York Auction 12 December 2017