A Really Progressive Clay Affair - ASU Herberger Institute for Design



A Really Progressive Clay Affair - ASU Herberger Institute for Design
A Really Progressive Clay Affair
MARCH 4–7, 2010
Thursday, March 4
6 p.m. / ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Welcoming dinner, silent auction and cash & carry preview
The open storage at the ASU Art
Museum Ceramics Research Center
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy the company of fellow collectors and tour the renowned
collection of the museum’s ceramics in open storage, preview the silent auction and
have the first chance to purchase donated ceramics in the cash & carry area.
Friday, March 5
8:30 a.m. / Meet at the ASU Art Museum
Continental breakfast and Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey preview
Enjoy a continental breakfast and welcome by Gordon Knox, ASU Art Museum
director and Peter Held, curator of ceramics. Then enjoy a special preview of the
Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey exhibition. San Francisco-based artist Wanxin’s
monumental figures in clay are a marriage of historical Asian references with
contemporary culture. Inspired by the soldiers of the Qin Terra-cotta army unearthed
in Xian, China, Zhang’s large-scale terra cotta figures are marked at once by a
collision of cultures; manner of dress, hair fashion and calligraphy drawn from
Chinese culture while American peculiarities are added as ironic twists – an added
Mickey Mouse hat, basketball or skateboard, or an ordinary tourist’s camera dangling
off the shoulders of a figure reeking of two thousand years of history.
10 a.m. / Board bus at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Ron and Masako Berman home tour, lunch provided
Travel by bus to Ron and Masako’s Paradise Valley home to view an extensive
collection of ceramics and prints. Ron and Masako have concentrated their collecting
activities on ceramics and contemporary prints. Their ceramics collection focuses on
Japanese ceramic artists and ceramic artists with ties to the communities of Anderson
Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and the Phoenix area. Artists in the
collection include Jun Kaneko, Goro Suzuki, Akio Takamori, Chris Gustin, Doug
Casebeer, Don Reitz, Farraday Newsome, Jeff Reich, Susan Peterson, Juan Quezada,
Takashi Nakazato and the Kutani pottery from Japan.
Wanxin Zhang, Poet of Battlefield,
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Their significant print collection centers on contemporary masters including Jasper
Johns, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz and
Pablo Picasso. Additionally their collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures
includes artists Charles Arnoldi, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Richard Estes and Joel
1–2 p.m. / Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Studio tour
Cosanti studio & foundry
In 1970, Soleri built Arcosanti in the Arizona desert, a visionary community built upon
his principles of sustainable architectural practice. Consanti, where his famed bells are
fabricated, help fund this project.
2:15–3:45 p.m. / Scott and Debbie Jarson home tour
The copper and glass exterior of the Jarson’s modern 3,400 square foot home in Paradise Valley emerges elegantly from the hillside. Designed by acclaimed Phoenix-based
architect Will Bruder, the eco-smart abode provides a perfect backdrop for their for
their mid-century furniture, art and guitar collection.
7:30 p.m. / Jun Kaneko lecture
Neeb Hall, Room 105 on the ASU Tempe campus. Reception to follow at the Ceramics
Research Center.
Scott and Debbie Jarson home,
designed by Will Bruder
Enjoy a reserved-seating illustrated lecture by internationally renowned artist Jun
Kaneko, our gala guest of honor. Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942,
coming to the United States in 1963 to continue painting studies at Chouinard Institute of Art when his introduction to Fred Marer drew him to sculptural ceramics. He
proceeded to study with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California
during the time now defined as The Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America.
His artwork appears in numerous international and national solo and group exhibitions annually, and is included in more than seventy museum collections. He has
realized over thirty public art commissions in the United States and Japan and is the
recipient of national, state and organization fellowships. Based in Omaha since 1986
and in his current studio since 1990, Kaneko works fluently in diverse media and
fields in the arts.
Jun Kaneko in his Omaha,
Nebraska studio
A Really Progressive Clay Affair
MARCH 4–7, 2010
Saturday, March 6
9 a.m. / Board bus at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
9:30–11 a.m. / Tour the Heard Museum’s 52nd Annual Indian Fair & Market
The Heard Museum’s Indian Market, one of the largest of its kind, brings native arts
enthusiasts from all over the country to view the art of over 700 talented artists
showing pottery, jewelry, baskets and weavings and more.
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Lunch and a tour at Armstrong-Prior, Inc.
Heard Museum
Indian Fair and Market
Armstrong-Prior Inc. is a multi-faceted arts business encompassing fine arts printing,
publishing and arts brokering. Joan Prior has curated some of the most prominent
private and corporate art collections in Arizona. John Armstrong is a master printer,
artist, fine-art framer and exhibition designer. Artists who have printed with Armstrong include Rudy Autio, Jun Kaneko, Don Reitz and Akio Takamori.
1:30–2:30 p.m. / Tour of Sara and David Lieberman home
Artist and master printer maker
John Armstrong
Recently featured in Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, tour the first-class collection
of Sara & David Lieberman in their beautiful Scottsdale home, which was remodeled
in 2007 to accommodate their world-class ceramics and basket collections. Everywhere you look there is magnificent art, both inside and outdoors; a stunning Jun
Kaneko head graces their backyard. Their international ceramics collection will get
you in the mood for the weekend’s auctions; their contemporary baskets forecast a
new direction for the ASU Art Museum’s collecting.
Bus returns to the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in the late afternoon.
The Lieberman home in Scottsdale
A Really Progressive Clay Affair
MARCH 4–7, 2010
4:30 p.m. / Ceram•A•Rama: A (Really) Progressive Affair Registration, Silent Auction
and Cash & Carry at the Ceramics Research Center
The highpoint of the Ceram•A•Rama weekend is the gala evening of festivities
including a cocktail hour and a silent auction of more than 150 pieces.
6:30 p.m. Bus shuttles you to Camelview Optima in Scottsdale for the live auction &
stand-up dinner. Transportation provided.
7:30 p.m. The live auction features 25 ceramic works including the work of Ralph
Bacerra, Richard Cleaver, Anne Jun Kaneko, Drew Potter, Kurt Weiser, among others.
Auctioneer Mike Casey ensures for fast and furious bidding! Stand-up dinner served.
8:30 p.m. Dessert, coffee, DJ music & dancing at the W Hotel Scottsdale.
End the evening in this elegant rooftop setting where guests mingle informally at
one of Scottsdale’s chicest night spots.
Richard Cleaver, Night, 2009
Proceeds benefit the exhibition, education and collection programs of the Ceramics
Research Center. Catch a sneak preview of the live and silent auction pieces at the
ASU Art Museum.
March 7
9:30 a.m. / Board bus at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
10 a.m. – noon / Private brunch and presentation at the Udinotti home
W Hotel in Scottsdale
Travel by bus to a private brunch at artist Agnese Udinotti’s Paradise Valley home.
Greek-born Udinotti is a longtime Scottsdale gallery owner. She represents nationally
recognized ceramic artists Rudy Autio, Stephen DeStaebler Don Reitz. In November
2007, she opened the Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art on her property, which is
available for tour during the brunch. Udinotti also works in the figurative tradition.
Her home and studio reflect her unique heritage and artistic interests.
Gallerist Agnese Udinotti home

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