Saturday, October 16, 2010
Twelve Cubes By Glenys Barton
I saw this ceramic sculpture in the background of Ready For The House's photo of the ceramics gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and had to figure out who made it. Fortunately, the V&A allows you to search their collection by object location, and since it was clearly in the same vitrine with Hans Coper, it was pretty easy.
Glenys Barton is "the most purely sculptural" of a group of important female ceramicists who graduated from the Royal College of Art in the early 1970s, and the first to be represented solely by a fine art gallery. These bone china cubes are filed to a crisp edge, then silk-screened with their abstract geometric design.
Which is very interesting, because I think the reason I like them is that I've been looking at some other silk-screened cube sculptures lately, Andy Warhol's Brillo Box, and I immediately though that Barton's Mondrian-esque cubes would make awesome wooden sidetables. If someone will start knocking those out, thanks...
Twelve Cubes, Glenys Barton, 1971 [vam.ac.uk]
Hmm. A lot of ceramic heads on Barton's site [glenysbarton.com]