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Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson
Stanford University
328 Lomita Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305-5060


August 20th - September 28th, 2015
Opening: 
August 20th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Assassination of a Famous Nut Artist, Robert ArnesonRobert Arneson,
Assassination of a Famous Nut Artist,
1971, Whiteware with glazes.
© Museum purchase made possible by the Robert and Ruth Halperin Foundation, 2008.1.a–b. © Estate of Robert Arneson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
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Wed-Sun 11-5; Thu 11-8
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TAGS:  
clay, figurative, modern
COST:  
FREE
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Robert Arneson revolutionized the medium of clay, transforming it from a “craft” medium into “fine art.” Over a career of more than 40 years--frequently using himself as a subject--he explored ideas for art that were outside the conventional repertory, including those involving physical pain and psychological expression. Moreover, he did not flinch at sensitive topical subjects, including many that were sexual, racial, or political in character. Works in this exhibition include the 1964 Funk object His and Hers, which irreverently explores sexual and scatological subject matter while also considering the traditional function of ceramics. In three works from the 1970s, Assassination of a Famous Nut Artist, Splat, and Flip and Flop,the artist’s image is a vehicle for anguish and pain. In the latest work from the 1980s, Global Death and Destruction, Arneson proves that clay is a powerful art medium

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