New York—Jason Jacques’ eponymous gallery is nonpareil on many levels; from his unconventional space at 29 East 73rd Street (last time it was lined with sheets of black metal riveted to the walls), the large library of scholarly books published by the gallery, advertisements in the nude, his scholarship, and international renown on the Fair circuit, and the utterly bizarre and hugely ambitious installations that accompanied them.
This FotoFile focuses on the sale, nearly thirty exceptional Art Nouveau ceramics from his collection presented by Phillips Auction on 9 December, 2020. It showcases superlative examples of fin-de-siècle French ceramics, when undulating vegetal and natural forms along with pioneering new techniques in stoneware and earthenware created a new class of artistic ceramics.
When Jacques decided to show contemporary ceramics, he did something that was visionary as he continued to deal in the French work. The artists he invited all made work that took the language of the French pots and put today into a dynamic, rugged, informal, radical context. A century apart the works informed each other and gave a back-and-forth historical context to both bodies of work.
To learn more we suggest reading Cfile’s coverage of the gallery, the excellent essay by Glenn Adamson in the auction catalogue and the lush book 30 for 30, documenting three decades on the gallery’s influence. The 30th anniversary publication accompanied their three-decade retrospective show. The full-color, gilded, hardcover catalogue includes critical and historical essays on each of the thirty works in the show by a diverse and multifaceted selection of curators and art historians, along with a look back at some of our most memorable moments, a few of the most distinct and intriguing print ads of days past, and a surprise or two.