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The exhibition of recent stoneware vessels by Peter Voulkos at Frank Lloyd Gallery featured the sort of work on which the artist established reputation in the 1950s The work was greeted with stunned amazement However now it is too but its amazement of a different order -- the kind that comes from being in the presence of effortless artistic mastery These astonishing vessels are truly amaising Every ceramic artist knows that what goes into a kiln looks very different from what comes out and although what comes out can be controlled to varying degrees its never certain Uncertainty feels actively courted in Voulkos vessels and this embrace of chance gives them a surprisingly contradictory sense of ease Critical to the emergence of a significant art scene in Los Angeles in the second half of the 1950s the 75-year-old artist has lived in Northern California since 1959 and this was his only second solo show in an LA gallery in 30 yearsThese days LA is recognized as a center for the production of contemporary art But in the 1950s the scene was slim -- few galleries and fewer museums Despite the obscurity a handful of solitary and determined artists broke ground here stretching the inflexible definitions of what constitutes painting sculpture and other media Among these avant-gardists was Peter Voulkos In 1954 Voulkos was hired as chairman of the fledgling ceramics department at the LA County Art Institute now Otis College of Art and Design and during the five years that followed he led what came to be known as the Clay Revolution Students like John Mason Paul Soldner Ken Price and Billy Al Bengston all of whom went on to become respected artists were among his foot soldiers in the battle to free clay from its handicraft associations By the late 1950s Voulkos had established an international reputation for his muscular fired-clay sculptures which melded Zen attitudes toward chance with the emotional fervor of Abstract
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