Spear Form, Soft White

Artist: John Mason
sculpture | Ceramic | 1676x711x711mm | 1999

Since the early 1950s, John Mason has pushed the technological and aesthetic boundaries of ceramics, a field more often associated with domestic vessels and tiles than with the type of totemic, abstract sculptures and complex wall works on view in the 2014 Biennial. Although Mason’s first works were produced during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, their polished yet rugged finish and balance of raw energy with mathematical precision lend his pieces a mesmerizing and mysterious effect that is wholly unique. Throughout his career, every new project has presented a demanding technological problem, often inspiring the invention of new ceramic fabrication and firing techniques. Mason's recent sculptures included in the Biennial represent the result of more than sixty years of perfecting his original techniques and formal motifs.


Whitney Biennal 2014 | 2014.03.07 - 2014.05.25 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)