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Ron Nagle

American, b. 1939

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Ron Nagle

American, b. 1939

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Intimate in scale, bold in color, and immaculate in finish, the ceramic sculptures by San Francisco-based artist Ron Nagle look like surrealistic dream objects. Early in his career, Nagle apprenticed with fellow Abstract Expressionist ceramicist Peter Voulkos, and he cites Ken Price and Giorgio Morandi as significant influences. His small vessels and abstract sculptures often have puckered surfaces and gradual color fades; slabs melt into hard right angles, and monochromatic parts are given finely grained texture. While clearly handmade, to the sleekness of Nagle’s works lends them an air more alien than human.

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Aspen Art Museum
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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Biography

Intimate in scale, bold in color, and immaculate in finish, the ceramic sculptures by San Francisco-based artist Ron Nagle look like surrealistic dream objects. Early in his career, Nagle apprenticed with fellow Abstract Expressionist ceramicist Peter Voulkos, and he cites Ken Price and Giorgio Morandi as significant influences. His small vessels and abstract sculptures often have puckered surfaces and gradual color fades; slabs melt into hard right angles, and monochromatic parts are given finely grained texture. While clearly handmade, to the sleekness of Nagle’s works lends them an air more alien than human.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Articles Featuring Ron Nagle
At 80, Ceramics Legend Ron Nagle Is Still Perfecting His Otherworldly Sculptures
Dec 3rd, 2019
At 80, Ceramics Legend Ron Nagle Is Still Perfecting His Otherworldly Sculptures
20 Abstract Expressionists Who Didn’t Just Paint
Nov 10th, 2016
20 Abstract Expressionists Who Didn’t Just Paint
Top 10 Contemporary Artists Working With Ceramics
Jul 5th, 2014
Top 10 Contemporary Artists Working With Ceramics
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