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Game of Pool

1976 Patrick Siler Born: Spokane, Washington 1939 eartenware 22 x 18 in. (55.9 x 45.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2001.71.14A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Quote

“They represent every man---and woman---in their working class, hard driving lives. They enjoy their beer, movies, cafes, sex and cars . . .” Lois Allan, Artweek, June 2002

Luce Center Label

Patrick Siler suggests a whole working-class environment with a limited amount of detail in his Game of Pool teapot. The artist offers a humorous contrast between the prim image of a teapot and the “bare-knuckled” world of the blue-collar pool hall.


Figure - fragment - arm

Object - toy - ball

Recreation - sport and play - pool

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay