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Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko

Stuart Galleries

At the David Stuart Galleries, Peter Voulkos confirms his continuing role as a major potter with a selection of yard high ceramic urns from a series of some two dozen in progress. Each form is a straightforward stacking of clearly differentiated cylindrical shapes. Flaring cone and flange-like shapes and a few gently oval profiles provide the relief of variety, for the surfaces are barely decorated by incising, and covered completely by a matte silverish black glaze. In intention they are entirely serious, rather somber, and certainly free from the bombastic Baroque rhythms of his recent sculptures. One recognizes a similarity in the basic pipe-like units and in the feeling of weightiness of the material, for the pots are as sturdy as tanks or ancient storage vessels.

The comfortable monumentality of the Voulkoses contrasts sharply with the animated gestures of the containers and sculptures

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