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  • Ron Nagle

    Mills College Art Museum

    Ron Nagle is widely known for his small, brightly glazed porcelain adaptations of the cup form, which are obsessively stylized and hyperrefined. Because they are generally smaller than regular cups the interplays of shape, surface texture, and color seem magnified to a microarchitectural scale. Indeed, they refer equally to the mid-century Deco shapes and surfaces of California architecture, to furniture and interior decor, to the “strange rocks” of Chinese and Japanese gardens, to the visual “statements” of fashion design, to parts of the human anatomy, and to the enamel surfaces of ’50s hot

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