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Arnie Zimmerman, Arnold Zimmerman

Biography to Display: 

1954 Born Poughkeepsie, New York

EDUCATION

1977 BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

1979 MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1972 Apprenticeship, Alvingham Pottery, Lincolnshire, England

1974, 1975Bacqui Stone Quarry, Lacoste, France

1977 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

1983Omaha Brickworks, Alternative Worksites, Omaha, Nebraska

1987 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine

1987 International Symposium of Ceramics, Alcobaça, Portugal

1988 Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, Lisbon, Portugal

1989, 1991Arts/Industry Residency Program, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

1991, 1990 Sant’Anna Tile Factory, Lisbon, Portugal

2000 Invited Guest Artist, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

2004 Invited Artist, Symposium, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Yeoju, Korea

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1980—Studio artist, Brooklyn, New York

1981-1982Studio Manager, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

1990, 2007-2009Adjunct Professor, Hunter College, New York, New York

1992New York University, New York, New York

1993Centro de Arte e Communicação Visual (ARCO), Lisbon, Portugal

1995, 1996 Adjunct Professor, City College of New York, New York, New York

2003Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

2009Adjunct Professor, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

 

Arnie Zimmerman's earliest works are domestic scaled objects including thrown teapots. He is better known, however, for his experiments with scale and a series of monumental vessel forms he created throughout the 1980s. Untitled Vessels (1982) (P.C.85.26.1-5), a series of five monumental vessels at the Everson Museum of Art, range in height from 88 inches to 81.25 inches. The vessels are made of blue, pink, green and tan earthenware. They are described as "...deeply carved with abstract shapes, ridges, and/or geometric designs reminiscent of Romanesque columns or Pilasters...." (American Ceramics The Collection of Everson Museum of Art,1989, page 582). This juxtaposition of scale remains part of Zimmerman’s work.

In the mid-1990s Zimmerman begins working in series creating groups of salt-fired, hand-built porcelain figurines, some of these are used in major installation projects.  "New Lost City," a 2010 exhibition at the Clay Art Center, is an example Zimmerman's use of figurines to comment on current events. Meant to depict vignettes of Manhattan tradesman building the city, "New Lost City" uses a realist approach to depict the everyday peripheral scenes that are often missed within a cityscape. "New Lost City," represents one of many "Inner City" series installations created by the artist.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York

Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada

Nacional Museu do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea

Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. A Century of American Ceramics in the United States: 1878-1978. New York, New York: Dutton, 1979.

Del Vecchio, Mark.  Postmodern Ceramics. London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2001.

Denker, Ellen Paul. “Arnold Zimmerman,” review, American Craft (February/March 2005).

Koplos, Janet. “Arnold Zimmerman at John Elder,” review, Art in America (October 1999).

Perreault, John. “Big Apple Clay, Arnold Zimmerman,” American Ceramics 14 no.2 (2004).

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms—1607 to the Present. New York, NY: Abrams, 1988.

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of the Everson Museum. New York, NY: Rizzoli International Publications, 1989.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist

Website(s):

www.arniezimmerman.com

 

Typical Marks

Figurines may be unsigned.

1982
1982
Trencher
Date: 1982
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Tall Chimney Vessel
Date: 1982
Form: Bottle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Untitled Monumental Vessel
Date: 1982
Form: Sculpture, Vessel
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr. and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F Beadel
Photo: TMP
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr. and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F Beadel
Untitled Monumental Vessel
Date: 1982
Form: Sculpture, Vessel
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr. and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F Beadel
Photo: TMP
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr. and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F Beadel
Untitled Monumental Vessel
Date: 1982
Form: Sculpture, Vessel
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr. and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F Beadel
Photo: TMP
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr. and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F Beadel
New Lost City
Date: ca 2010
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Extruded, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Clay Art Center, "Arnie Zimmerman: New Lost City," Nov. 2010, Port Chester, New York
Photo: Loren Maron
Clay Art Center, "Arnie Zimmerman: New Lost City," Nov. 2010, Port Chester, New York
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Fiddle Heads Vase
Date: 2014
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Soda Fire
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Olympic Teapot
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 1, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/zimmerman