BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan––Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (November 17, 2018 – March 10, 2019) is the artist’s first major museum survey that chronicles more than 20 years of Rosen’s practice. A 1981 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and a critically-acclaimed pioneer in the field of ceramics, Rosen brings a deep knowledge of the material’s history and processes to the realm of contemporary art.
“We are honored and delighted to present Annabeth Rosen’s work at Cranbrook. It is a homecoming of sorts for one of the most important contemporary sculptors working in the medium of clay. Rosen’s monumental and expressive works are a testament to her formidable skills and expansive vision.” –– Andrew Blauvelt, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum.
The exhibition comes to Cranbrook from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston where it debuted in 2017. It was curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver.
Rosen has consistently expanded her practice to encompass installations that meld materiality and process. Her works, whether diminutive or monumental, are composed through laborious additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration.
The exhibition features more than 100 pieces and includes large-scale works on paper that mirror the trajectory of the work executed in clay. Speaking to dualities of her art, Rosen has said:
“Much of the work is made with already fired parts broken, reassembled, re-glazed, and re-fired with the addition of wet clay elements if necessary. I work with a hammer and chisel, and I think of the fired pieces as being as fluid and malleable as wet clay.”
The Cranbrook Art Museum presentation of Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is generously supported by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation. Organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, the exhibition is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Text from gallery.
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