Artist/Designer: Bennett Bean
b. 1941, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Title: Pair of Vessels on Base, (M #1901)
Medium: Pit-fired earthenware, hand-painted and gilded.
Dimensions: 5.25" h x 9.25" x 4.75"
Details: Unique, one-of-a-kind pit-fired, painted and gilded vessel. This vessel recently included in his first solo exhibition, "Be Careful What You Fall in Love With" at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.
Notes from the Archive: Bennett Bean is an American sculptor and painter, best known for his work in ceramics. The vessel form has been Bean's focus throughout his career, as he views it as sculpture in the round, meant to be seen from all angles. Post firing, Bean embellishes each vessel with richly colored acrylic paint, transparent glazes and gilding. Each work is seductive, with visual imagery, engaging from all sides, and a deep richness emanating from the gilded interior. In the mid-1990's, he began arranging his vessels in pairs or trios, often painting across them for unity in separate objects. Here in this example, the complex imagery unites the pair with a related pattern that melds into different color palettes on each side. The Whitney Museum first acquired a sculpture from the artist in 1967 and now his work appears in numerous museum collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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