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The Manhandler 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 Gift of the Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust 1991.194.4C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


Luce Center Label

Howard Kottler created The Manhandler by cutting up the decal and piecing it back together. The artist’s tendency to play on words is evident here, where the idea of someone being “manhandled”, or dealt with roughly, conflicts with the young man’s composure.

Keywords

Figure group - 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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