Bacerra Retrospective News
Our show of Ralph Bacerra’s early work at the gallery comes with some very important news. In a conversation with Peter Held, curator of Ceramics at the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, we decided to make an announcement. The ASU Ceramics Research Center has committed to the organization of a Ralph Bacerra retrospective exhibition and the publication of a monograph. It’s a very exciting development for the field, and we are pleased to break the news. In a statement, Held wrote “The exhibition will survey Bacerra’s work from the 1960s to the present, offering a full view of his stylistic development… It is our hope that the show will travel to 4-5 venues to bring a higher awareness of Bacerra’s work to a national audience.”
Ralph’s supporters, collectors, and students will welcome a major traveling exhibit for Bacerra. There were many calls for this exhibit from institutions and curators. However, this is the strongest proposal, from an internationally respected University Museum that has a reputation for scholarship and publications. Peter Held continued in his statement: “The exhibition will highlight his creative vision that spans over 40 years of artistic excellence. The exhibition is proposed to include 65 ceramic objects drawn from the museum’s permanent collection of which we hold approximately 25 objects of the artist, the artist’s estate and private and public collections nationwide. The exhibition will open at the ASU Art Museum in 2012.”
Many of the small, early works currently on exhibit at the gallery show the artist’s interest in Asian ceramics. He was particularly fond of Imari ware and Kutani ceramics. Rare among American ceramists, his works were collected by museums in Asia, including the Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Japan, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.