Richard DeVore - Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad New York Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Gregory Wittkopp, ed., Richard DeVore, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 2008, p. 29 for similar examples
    Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf, Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2010, p. 330 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard DeVore preferred the nomenclature of potter over ceramic sculptor, having dedicated his career to exploring the ancient form of the vessel. Training at the Cranbrook Academy of Art under acclaimed Finnish-American ceramist Maija Grotell, DeVore built an oeuvre predicated on the integrity of form.

    His work communicates a primordial sensibility, the thrown vessels altered to bear folds and tears, and whose matte surfaces appear gently weathered by nature—features rendered clearly in the present selection. In some works DeVore folds clay upon itself, creating forms that invoke the female body, his work drifting into the realm of the erotic. An important figure in postwar pottery, DeVore’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, among others.

Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

19

Bowl

1976
Glazed stoneware.
3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) high, 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm) diameter
Underside inscribed in pen 76.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $2,772

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Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

New York Auction 8 June 2022