San Francisco

“Work in Clay by Six Artists”

San Francisco Art Institute

In any environment, artistic, literary or scientific, the general level of its insights, intuitions and awareness—its total sensibility, is altered and shaped by a few key minds who open the pathways from the past and present, to the future. This exhibition could well be thought of as an homage to Peter Voulkos, since it was his direct attack (together with John Mason), that smashed, several years ago, the longstanding ossified craft approach to the use of fired and glazed clay forms. Voulkos opened the use of this medium to the chain reaction of current ideas in contemporary American art, shaping also the possibility of this exhibition. Note that five of the participating artists were directly and indirectly his students, the exception being Manuel Neri, a mature and talented sculptor in his own right.

Any consideration of the work exhibited should be for its value as art within an existing

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