On View

Impression of the Artist as an Incorporeal Witness to the Center of the Universe

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Impression of the Artist as an Incorporeal Witness to the Center of the Universe

Artist: Robert Carston Arneson (American, 1930 - 1992)
Date: 1979
Medium: Glazed ceramic
Overall: 114 in. (289.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Sandra Shannonhouse in memory of Jim Demetrion and in honor of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2021.5.a-.ww
Accession number: 2021.5.a-.ww
Classification: sculpture
Copyright:Copyright Estate of Robert Arneson /Licensed by Artists Right Society (ARS), New York, NY
In Collection(s)
Label TextArneson was a major figure of the California-based Funk Art movement, and his innovative work in ceramics helped move that media to the forefront of contemporary art. Humerous portraiture and self-portraiture are common in his work, as seen in this monumental ceramic floor sculpture. The central figure references not only the artist, who was nearing the end of his battle with cancer, but Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man drawing. Source: DMAC NEWS Sep Oct Nov Dec 2021
Exhibition History"Robert Arneson," Fendrick Gallery, Washington DC, January 15 - February 9, 1980

"Early and Late," Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, June 16 - August 15, 1980

"Robert Arneson," Frumkin & Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL, September 18 - October 31, 1980

"Pacific Currents/Ceramics 1982," San Jose Museum of Art, CA, March 25 - April 25, 1982, no. 1, illustrated

"Robert Arneson: Self-Reflections," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, February 14 - May 13, 1997
Published ReferencesFoley, Suzanne, and Sherri Warner. "Pacific Currents/Ceramics" 1982. San Jose: San Jose Museum of Art, 1982, illus. p. 10.

Fineberg, Jonathan, Gary Garrels, and Janet Bishop. "Robert Arneson: Self-Reflections. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art," 1997, illus. p. 34.

Fineberg, Jonathan. "A Troublesome Subject: The Art of Robert Arneson." Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013, illus. p. 143.
entirely unexpected