Thursday, 30 December 2010

Collecting with an artist's eye - Hans Coper

The current ceramics exhibition 'Collecting with an artist's eye' features work by Joanna Constantinidis, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie.

Hans Coper allied himself with two groups of makers. Firstly with the anonymous potters of the distant past and of tribal cultures, whose artefacts were refined by endless repetition and who saw no separation between form and decoration. Secondly with certain twentieth century artists whose work is the result of a compulsion to get closer and closer to a basic truth. In Hans' own words, '... like a demented piano tuner one is trying to approximate a phantom pitch.' Hans Coper admired fellow artists such as Brancusi, Giacometti plus Beckett, Stravinsky and Chagall. LIke Coper they were all ex-patriates who left their home country and settled in another land where their art flourished.

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