GEORGE E. OHR

The Greatest Art Potter on Earth

By Eugene Hecht
Contributions by Garth Clark, David Rago, Denny Mecham and Ohr-O Keefe Museum of Art

Skira Rizzoli / ISBN: 978-0-8478-4117-2 / $50 U.S. / December 2013
Hardcover / 224 pages /  240 color & b/w photographs / 9 ½’’ x 10 ¾’’

 

When I am gone, my work will be praised, honored, and cherished. It will come.” – George Ohr

 

Called the Mad Potter of Biloxi, the Apostle of Individuality, and the self-proclaimed Greatest Art Potter on Earth, George Edgar Ohr (1857–1918) transformed wheel-thrown pots into ceramic works that were far ahead of their time. Though the unprecedented shapes and idiosyncratic glazes of Ohr’s creations were ridiculed by some during his lifetime, he was recognized as a genius by cognoscenti who championed his work.  Today, his ceramics are seen as forerunners of the American modernist movement and are prized by collectors and museums. The definitive and most up-to-date volume on the celebrated artist, GEORGE E. OHR: The Greatest Potter on Earth, accompanies a major exhibition at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art that will take place in the John S. and James L. Knight Gallery, four new Frank Gehry–designed, supersized, twisted steel "pod" buildings.

 

Showcasing the mastery of Ohr’s work, the book features some 135 of his masterpieces with all-new photographs of the objects—most never before publicly exhibited—which illustrate his gift for combining color and form to create vessels of incomparable delicacy. This rich volume is filled with new research and fresh insights into the life and work of one of America’s most singular and creative master artists.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Eugene Hecht, curator of this exhibition, is a noted author and lecturer on George Ohr and American art pottery. He is coauthor of The Mad Potter of Biloxi: The Art and Life of George E. Ohr as well as author of After the Fire—George Ohr: An American Genius.  Garth Clark is a widely published critic and historian of ceramics and the founder of the Institute for Ceramic History.  Denny Mecham is executive director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.  David Rago is an appraiser of pottery and porcelain on Antiques Roadshow and a leading dealer in the field of American Arts and Crafts.

 

 

GEORGE E. OHR: The Greatest Art Potter on Earth

By Eugene Hecht

Contributions by Garth Clark, David Rago, Denny Mecham and Ohr-O Keefe Museum of Art

Skira Rizzoli, an imprint of Rizzoli New York
Hardcover / 224 pages / 240 color & b/w photographs / 9 ½ x 10 ¾’’
PRICE: $50.00 US / CAN  |  ISBN: 978-0-8478-4117-2
Publication date: December 2013

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EXHIBITION INFORMATION:

George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections
Opening date:  November 6, 2010
Gallery of African American Art /Star Gallery
https://www.georgeohr.org/