(BLUNK, JB) Edited by Mariah Nielson, Åbäke. Foreword by Mariah Nielson. Text by Lucy R. Lippard, Louise Allison Cort, Fariba Bogzaran, Isamu Noguchi, Alyssa Ballard, Rene Bustamante, Glenn Adamson, Rick Yoshimoto. Interview by Rita Lawrence. Blunk Books/Dent-De-Leone, I00200511, 2020. 8 x 10 in. Hardbound. New/No Jacket - As Issued.
The first survey of the ceramics and sculptures of beloved Californian artist JB Blunk, in a handsome foil-stamped hardcover volume
This is the first publication to explore the entire oeuvre of the great American sculptor JB Blunk, with previously unseen examples of his work in stone, clay, painting and jewelry. The design beautifully combines archival images of Blunk’s work in situ, and his studio, with color plates of newly photographed pieces. In an essay, Lucy R. Lippard discusses Blunk’s reverence for ancient art and places, while Smithsonian Curator of Ceramics Louise Allison Cort details Blunk’s formative years in Japan. Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, contributes an essay that explores the essence of Blunk himself along with his artwork.
Blunk maintained a Midwestern sensibility of hard work and plainspokenness throughout his career, with little regard for the distinction between art, craft and design. Rather, he was guided by the materials with which he worked to create large sculptural pieces that seem to exude their own powerful energy unique to organic matter. 9781907908552 Inventory Number: I00200511