18th Nov, 2022 11:00 EST

Modern and Contemporary Craft: Selections from the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

 
  Lot 65
 

65

Mark Burns (American, b. 1950)
"Space Headache", USA, 1996

Glazed earthenware, metal
Unmarked

H: 19, W: 10, D: 9 in.

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Property from the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

Estimated at $3,000 - $5,000


 

Glazed earthenware, metal
Unmarked

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Property from the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

Exhibited

"Twenty Five at Twenty Five," Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA, March 29 - August 17, 1996 (and illustrated in the accompanying exhibition catalogue, pp. 16-17)

Literature

"Mark Burns: Ceramic Gay, Bad Boy Becomes Favored Son," Las Vegas Bugle, Las Vegas, February 1996, p. 43

Artist Biography

Mark Burns was born in 1950 in Springfield, Ohio, and has gone on to become one of the defining voices in American queer ceramics. Dubbed “the John Waters of ceramics” by The Boston Globe, Burns’s boundary-pushing ceramics often incorporate taboo subject matter, self-portraiture, and absurd or unexpected imagery with a distinctly queer aesthetic. Burns received his BFA in Illustration at the School of the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio in 1972, and his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington in 1974, where he studied under ceramicists Patti Warashina and Howard Kottler. Burns’s experimental forms and sardonic wit have earned his works places in the collections of museums like the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and his work has been exhibited widely. In 2018, Burns was elected to be a Fellow of the American Craft Council.

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