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Ambitious Resident from the Blue Boy Set

1969 Howard Kottler Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1930 Died: Seattle, Washington 1989 porcelain, silver, and applied decals 1 1/4 x 10 7/8 in. (3.2 x 27.6 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of the artist 1991.194.4A Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B



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Howard Kottler began to decorate mundane household objects with mass-produced decals at the end of the 1960s. When he first began his series of plates, he made them for himself, but abandoned that process for factory-made products. In Ambitious Resident from the Blue Boy Set, Kottler cut apart the image of Jonathan Buttall from Sir Thomas Gainsborough’s famous 1770 painting, Blue Boy, and placed the pieces into two carriages, employing a collage method like the Dada artists of the 1920s.

Keywords

Architecture - vehicle - carriage

Figure male

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

metal - silver

About Howard Kottler

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1930 Died: Seattle, Washington 1989

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