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

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  • Provenance

    Theo Portnoy Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1976

  • Exhibited

    "Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby," Arizona State University Art Musuem, Tempe, Arizona; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin; Memorial Art Museum, Rochester, New York; April 26, 2013-May 29, 2015

  • Literature

    Peter Held, ed., Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby, exh. cat., Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, 2013, illustrated p. 33

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wayne Higby grew up in Colorado and often rode horseback through the panoramic landscapes of the American West as a youth. His work in ceramic draws on these experiences—not only in their titles but also through their forms and surface decorations. The present selection of works by Higby reflect three distinct expressions of these landscapes; they are abstract representations of the vast canyons, rivers, and rock formations that he witnessed as a child. Higby’s work explores both traditional forms, as seen in his “White Bridge Canyon” bowl, as well as extraordinarily sculptural forms, as seen in his lidded vessel forms which are entirely innovative within the history of modern ceramics. Describing his work, Higby said, “I strive to establish a zone of quiet coherence—a place full of silent, empty space where finite and infinite, intimate and immense intersect.”

Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad


"Calico Canyon Overlook" lidded vessel

Raku-fired glazed earthenware.
14 1/2 x 13 x 7 1/2 in. (36.8 x 33 x 19.1 cm)
Underside impressed with artist's seal.

$4,000 - 6,000 

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Contemporary Studio Artworks from the Estate of Jack R. Bershad

New York Auction 8 June 2022