Ruth Duckworth (American (born Germany), 1919–2009)
Porcelain with transparent glaze
H.38 x W.23 x D.5 inches (96.5 x 58.4 x 12.7 cm.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard I. Oberlander, 1998
Not on view
In 1968 Ruth Duckworth began making "wall sculptures"-monumental murals that underscore the artist's mastery of her medium. Combining geometric and organic forms, she reduces the subdivided planes to the most elemental abstractions. With its circles and subtly curved forms, this relief suggests the female body. Duckworth, however, sees the inherent sensuality as stemming from a more universal connection to nature, biology, and the cosmos.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Clay into Art: Selections from the Collection of Contemporary Ceramics in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 24, 1998–May 30, 1999, unnumbered cat. (pl. 45).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement," December 22, 2006–December 2, 2007, no catalogue.