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Betty Woodman, The Red Window, 2014, glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and acrylic on canvas, 85 × 82 × 13".

Betty Woodman

David Kordansky Gallery

Betty Woodman, The Red Window, 2014, glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, and acrylic on canvas, 85 × 82 × 13".

“Illusions of Domesticity,” Betty Woodman’s first solo show at David Kordansky Gallery, was also her first one-person exhibition on the West Coast in a decade—the latter landmark made all the more remarkable by the recent visibility of ceramics in the area, with shows featuring the work of Peter Voulkos and Ken Price, among others. Yet while these efforts to showcase ceramics (and thus to retroactively rectify its omission from standard twentieth-century narratives, which privileged painting and sculpture) have primarily been retrospective in their purview, detailing the place of pottery in the art world of postwar California, Woodman’s installation was decidedly contemporary in chronology and reference. Unfussy but remarkably erudite, her pottery comfortably foregrounds ceramics’ conventions and place within (or outside of) this erstwhile art-historical canon. The rigor of

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