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Landscape #9

1967 Doyle Lane Born: New Orleans, Louisiana 1925 clay slab and glass 15 1/8 x 16 1/4 x 6 in. (38.3 x 41.3 x 15.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 1978.55.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Quote

“Why not take paintings out of doors where one might sit and watch the changing play of sunshine on the glazes, and thus have changes of mood during the day?” Lane, quoted in Nordness, Objects: USA, 1970

Luce Center Label

Doyle Lane built this piece from slabs of clay, then applied colored glazes to the surface. The rough texture resembles weathered rock, as if the artist salvaged pieces of natural-colored stone and placed them together in a mosaic. The cracks flow across the surface of the clay like dramatic ravines, evoking a landscape seen from far above. Lane intends for his pieces to be viewed out-of-doors so that the colors and patterns can interact with the sunlight as a natural part of the landscape.




Crafts - Clay