Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition features works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay.
For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration.
Rosen also sees the studio and the kiln as places of site and embraces process and chance as instrumental in the formation of her art objects. The artist rarely attempts to obscure her hand as a primary instrument and often “binds” multitudes of discrete works to create monumental objects. Twisting and shaping the clay, Rosen creates what has been described as organic forms—fragmented figurations of flowers, tubers, leaves, and root-like structures that are skillfully fired together and then arranged in large grids or as standalone works. Rosen has said of her work, “I break almost as much ceramics as I make, and I think I learn as much about the work by doing so. By being so focused on a destination for the piece, I overlook shapes and ideas. Much of the work is made with already fired parts broken, reassembled, re-glazed, and re-fired with the addition of wet clay elements if necessary. I work with a hammer and chisel, and I think of the fired pieces as being as fluid and malleable as wet clay.”
Annabeth Rosen is a pioneer in the field of contemporary ceramics, bringing fluidity to the genre and its discourse with contemporary art. Within the genre’s trajectory, the artist functions as an important link between such artist as Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Jun Kaneko, Peter Voulkos, as well as a new generation of artists working in the medium.
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, former Senior Curator.
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is generously supported by Sara and Bill Morgan. This exhibition is also made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Support for CAMH is generously provided by the Museum’s Board of Trustees and their families:
Allison and David Ayers
Candace Baggett and Ron Restrepo
Vera and Andy Baker
Estela and David A. Cockrell
Ruth Dreessen and Tom Van Laan
J.B. and Marita Fairbanks
Barbara and Michael Gamson
Blakely and Trey Griggs
Melissa and Albert J. Grobmyer IV
Catherine Baen Hennessy and Matt Hennessy
Leslie and Mark Hull
Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter
Erica and Benjy Levit
Catherine and George Masterson
Elisabeth and Brian McCabe
Cabrina and Steven Owsley
Mary Hammon and Jacob Quinn
Howard and Beverly Robinson
Andrew and Robin Schirrmeister
Reggie and Leigh Smith
Margaret Vaughan Cox and Jonathan Cox
David P. and Marion Young
Elizabeth and Barry Young
Additional funding for CAMH’s exhibitions, programming, and operations is provided by its dedicated patrons and donors:
A Fare Extraordinaire
Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Art Market Productions
Bergner and Johnson Design
City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
Jackson and Company
James M. Collins Foundation
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Kempner III
M.D. Anderson Foundation
Mary Kathryn Lynch Kurtz Charitable Lead Trust
Mid-America Arts Alliance
National Endowment for the Arts
Ms. Louisa Stude Sarofim
Susan Vaughan Foundation
Targa Resources, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Union Pacific Foundation
Mr. Wallace Wilson
The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
Exhibition catalogues and additional programming are made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. CAMH also thanks its artist benefactors for their support, including Chris Beckman, Michael Bise, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mel Chin, Julia Dault, James Drake, Mark Flood, Jeffrey Gibson, Wayne Gilbert, Roberta Harris, Camille Henrot, Oliver Herring, Joan Jonas, David Kelley, Julian Lorber, Marilyn Minter, Nic Nicosia, McKay Otto, Joyce Pensato, Gavin Perry, Susie Rosmarin, Jacolby Satterwhite, Shinique Smith, John Sparagana, Mary Weatherford, Carrie Mae Weems, Haegue Yang, and Brenna Youngblood.
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