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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Barbara Bloom

    Born 1951, Los Angeles

    1972 BFA California Institute of the Arts

    Selected museum exhibitions: International Center of Photography, New York (2008); Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (2000); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (1998); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1992); Serpentine Gallery, London (1990); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1985)

    Selected honors: Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute (2007); Duemila Prize for Best Young Artist, Venice Biennale (1988); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1988)

    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; International Center of Photography, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

    In Broken (Cup), 2001, Barbara Bloom presents a collection of objects that includes a Japanese ceramic bowl that she has reconstructed and repaired with a gold and lacquer technique called Kintsugi. As Bloom explains, “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” Created a few years after an accidental fall required her to undergo surgery and rehabilitation, her Broken series invokes themes of fragility, reconstruction, and healing.


Broken (Cup)

broken celadon objects, repaired with gold, box wrapped in computer-generated paper, framed X-ray of the object (with back lighting)
frame 16 ¾ x 12 ¾ x 1 ½ in. (42.4 x 32.4 x 3.8 cm.)
ceramic 2 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (5.7 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm.)
gift box 6 ½ x 13 ¾ x 13 ¾ in. (16.5 x 34.9 x 34.9 cm.)

Executed in 2001.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019