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

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  • Provenance

    Daniel Jacobs, New York
    Garth Clark Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2007

  • Literature

    Garth Clark, American Potters: The Work of Twenty Modern Masters, New York, 1981, p. 123 for a similar example
    Rosalie Goldstein, ed., Robert Turner: A Potter's Retrospective, exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 5 for a similar example
    Ward Doubet, "Robert Turner," American Ceramics, vol. 9, no. 4, 1991, illustrated p. 21

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the catalogue for Robert Turner’s 1986 retrospective, philosopher Kenneth Westphal wrote, “There is nothing accidental or arbitrary in Turner’s pots, and yet there is nothing in them that is forced or contrived. Their combination of necessity and grace is achieved only by Turner’s sensitivity to the materials and structures he uses and to the content they express.” Turner began focusing on abstract vessel forms rather than utilitarian forms in the late 1960s and he often drew inspiration from his various travels across the American Southwest as well as more distant places such as West Africa. He primarily created conical, domed, and cylindrical forms in reds, white, and dark browns, as seen in the present offering, which are all exquisite examples of the artist’s commitment to this restrained vocabulary of forms and palette of glazes. Robert Turner’s work belongs to museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

34

"Dome" vessel

circa 1976
Glazed stoneware.
10 5/8 in. (27 cm) high
Underside incised TURNER.

Estimate
$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,520

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Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

New York Auction 8 June 2022