Arneson Brick Composed of Several Small Bricks
Stoneware; ht. 4.25, wd. 8.75, dp. 3.75 in.
In 1965, in a search for new form and content, Arneson began to make “bricks”. Jonathan Fineberg writes of this in his book A Troublesome Subject: The Art of Robert Arneson (University of California Press, 2013 p.65), noting “The bricks were a burlesque of conventional ceramics; like the toilet it is an ordinary ceramic object that was not normally a subject for art”. The “brick” was the basis for one of his masterpieces and largest works, Fragment of Western Civilization (1972). He worked with this format on and off, sometimes using bricks as a plinth for larger figurative work, into the 1980’s.
Provenance: The Collection of Allan Stone, New York Arneson Estate Number 69.072.S Literature: Robert Arneson: Playing Dirty, New York: Allan Stone Gallery 2012, p. 68 illus.
Firing crack running along the brick edge on verso.
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