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Irving Blum: About Peter Voulkos and Collecting

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One evening this summer at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Irving Blum spoke. Elsa Longhauser, Director of the museum, invited guests to ask Irving questions. Though the Ask Irving event was designed around the exhibit by Andrew Lord, Irving gave a personal statement about his life, his career, the art he admires, and what he collects.

Just a few days before that event, Irving stopped by my gallery to see a show.  He’s a frequent visitor, and we talk about artists or his collection.  I showed him a 1961 work by Peter Voulkos, and he was amazed. To my surprise, he asked to borrow it—he wanted to have it on stage for the Ask Irving event. Here’s what he said to the audience that night:

“By the way, I walked into Frank Lloyd’s gallery a couple of days ago to visit with him, and I saw this absolutely astonishing pot by Peter Voulkos. Now for me, Picasso is to painting what Voulkos is to the world of ceramic. He’s simply peerless. Absolutely peerless. And I’d like for you—there’s nothing that can really substitute for looking, and I’d like for you, when this is over—to examine the Voulkos pot and to begin to understand my feeling about it. The method of putting a clay collection together is not unlike collecting paintings. You assemble as much data as possible, and ultimately rely on looking and making comparisons. It’s important to have a visual vocabulary that you can rely on. I collect paintings as well as ceramic.”

To see and hear the whole conversation, visit the Santa Monica Museum’s website.

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Written by Frank Lloyd

October 10, 2010 at 12:22 am

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  1. Thank you Frank – I loved the Irving Blum interview – it’s so wonderful and so is your blog!
    What an exciting time for ceramics with the Ohr – O’keefe museum opening and your Mason show as well.
    The invitation is a knock-out and I can’t wait to see it. 
    Hope you are well.

    Kristin Leachman

    November 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm


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