Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.
Ralph Bacerra served as the head of ceramics at Chouinard from 1964 through 1971, when the school was formally absorbed by the California Institute of the Arts and the ceramics major eliminated from the curriculum. Bacerra then began teaching at Otis Art Institute in 1982, appointed chair of ceramics in 1983, which he held for thirteen years, teaching a new generation of students the skills to become successful studio artists and educators. Many former students from both Chouinard and Otis have ascended to prominence in the ceramics field and have contributed to its vitality.
December 06, 2015