Robert Arneson, ‘Large untitled covered jar (Green Coil and Red Triangle), California’, 1964, Rago/Wright
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Robert Arneson

Large untitled covered jar (Green Coil and Red Triangle), California, 1964

Glazed stoneware
17 × 11 1/2 × 10 in
43.2 × 29.2 × 25.4 cm
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Robert Arneson: Playing Dirty, New York: Allan Stone Gallery, 2012, p. 31
Robert Arneson
American, 1930–1992
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Known for his colorful ceramic sculptures, Robert Arneson is considered the founder of the Funk Art movement, a strand of Californian Pop Art. Departing from the original influence of Picasso’s early ceramics on his work, Arneson significantly advanced the status of clay as an artistic form, appropriating functional items like pots, bricks, telephones, and toilets, and turning them into objects of absurdist humor. His visual puns—a phallic teapot, a toaster with a hand inside it—became surreal, sometimes controversial, statements. Arneson also produced highly colored drawings and sculpted self-portraits; his busts playfully mocked the figure of the artist in the world. His style has been compared to that of writers like Thomas Pynchon or Kurt Vonnegut, presenting a cartoonish or caricatured version of life.

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About the work
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Rago/Wright
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Design/Decorative Art
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Signed and dated
Publisher
Robert Arneson: Playing Dirty, New York: Allan Stone Gallery, 2012, p. 31
Robert Arneson
American, 1930–1992
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Known for his colorful ceramic sculptures, Robert Arneson is considered the founder of the Funk Art movement, a strand of Californian Pop Art. Departing from the original influence of Picasso’s early ceramics on his work, Arneson significantly advanced the status of clay as an artistic form, appropriating functional items like pots, bricks, telephones, and toilets, and turning them into objects of absurdist humor. His visual puns—a phallic teapot, a toaster with a hand inside it—became surreal, sometimes controversial, statements. Arneson also produced highly colored drawings and sculpted self-portraits; his busts playfully mocked the figure of the artist in the world. His style has been compared to that of writers like Thomas Pynchon or Kurt Vonnegut, presenting a cartoonish or caricatured version of life.

Robert Arneson

Large untitled covered jar (Green Coil and Red Triangle), California, 1964

Glazed stoneware
17 × 11 1/2 × 10 in
43.2 × 29.2 × 25.4 cm
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