Hole in One

  • Peter Voulkos, Hole in One, 1978, ceramic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin, 2005.5.73, © 1978, Voulkos Family Trust

Exhibition Label

Voulkos drew inspiration from the abstract expressionist painters he met in the early 1950s, translating their energy and philosophy into his clay work and exploding conventional boundaries of art and craft. He is known for bravura demonstrations--as much performance as craft--in which he would attack massive quantities of clay, tearing and gouging at it before firing the resulting forms. Totemic "stacks" like Hole in One evince his raw masculine energy and his embrace of chance--two themes characteristic of his work.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Hole in One
Artist
Date
1978
Location
Dimensions
43 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (110.5 x 41.9 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin

Mediums
Mediums Description
ceramic
Classifications
Object Number
2005.5.73
Palette
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