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"Mexican Bauhaus Can Opener"

Designer:
Peter Shire (American, born Los Angeles, 1947)
Date:
1981
Medium:
Whiteware
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/8, W. 14, D. 7 3/4 in. (21.3 x 35.6 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry and Barbara Neugass Shire, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.691.1
Not on view
The title of this teapot is an indication of Shire’s debt to the work of the Bauhaus designers a half century earlier. The teapot also draws on the angular, futuristic vernacular architecture of midcentury Los Angeles, where Shire was born and raised. He views his work as a challenge to the rigidity of the modernist vocabulary and seeks to create a visual dialogue between forms and surfaces, technology and aesthetics.
the designer's family (until 2001; their gift to MMA)

Richard Horn. Memphis: Objects, Furniture, and Patterns. Philadelphia, 1985.

Hunter Drohojowska and Norman M. Klein. Tempest in a Teapot: The Ceramic Art of Peter Shire. New York, 1991, ill. p. 119 (color).



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