Very Good. 0940872293 2003 Laguna Art Museum / Grand Central Press (Santa Ana, California), 10 x 12 inches tall paperbound, copiously illustrated with full color photographs, 164 pp. Very slight rubbing and edgewear to covers. Otherwise, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked. Note that this is a heavy and oversized book, so additional postage will be required for international or priority orders. ~C~ Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum and the Grand Central Art Center, Nov. 2, 2003-Feb. 29, 2004. Sculptor Jerry Rothman (1934-2014) was a member of a rebellious group of Los Angeles artists in the 1950s who took ceramics far beyond functional pieces. 'I like three-dimensional things and constructing things, and clay reflects the artist more than any other material, ' he said in a 2001 Los Angeles Times interview. 'It has no limitations in form or color. ' Rothman's work delved into numerous forms and genres, ranging from pieces that were abstract to figures that looked like colorful gnomes. Some pieces were frankly sensual, others made political statements and still others were humorous. Art critic David Pagel wrote that the 'show-stopping masterpiece' of this 2003 retrospective of Rothman's work at the Laguna Art Museum and Cal State Fullerton was 'Tiki Up, ' a nearly three-foot-tall ceramic piece that was a play on the kind of souvenir cups served up at tiki bars. 'Here Rothman fuses his love of gritty primal gusto with his equal and opposite attraction to slick Pop style, ' Pagel wrote in The Times. 'Flagrant bad taste and formal refinement make for strange-but fun-bedfellows. '
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