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The Mad Potter of Biloxi: Art and Life of George E. Ohr [Hardcover]

Garth Clark , Robert A. Ellison , Eugene Hecht
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Book Description

Dec 1989
Misunderstood and unappreciated during his lifetime (1857-1918), George Ohr, America's archetypal artist-potter, pushed the form of the vessel beyond mere function to the point of abstraction. Today the genius of this radical and sophisticated artist has finally been recognized. His thin-walled, paper-light pots, labeled grotesque in his day, are now seen as a tour de force of delicacy and restraint and a stunning exploration of the plasticity of clay. Ruffling, twisting, tearing, and collapsing his fragile pots, Ohr anticipated much of what we take for granted in contemporary art and ceramics. Stunningly illustrated with 140 color images of his most important pieces, this landmark volume, winner of the George Wittenborn Award for outstanding art books from the Art Libraries Society of North America, presents the first major study of Ohr. Beautifully woven together, the text and images confirm a judgment the Mad Potter once passed on himself: "Unequaled! Unrivaled! Undisputed!" he wrote on a sign outside his shop, "Greatest Art Potter on Earth!"

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S. (Dec 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896599272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896599277
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 26.7 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,517,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has marvelous images of just some of the fine works that George Ohr created. The summaries of his life are correct to some extent but it failed to provide any deatails of his offspring or how they may have carried on the innate artist abilities, this is why I only give it four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most amazing book of pottery I have ever seen! 18 Nov 1999
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this man was a a head of his time. i have never seen anythig that has come out of the 1800's that looked any thing like this.The photography is great and the biography is good , but the pottery is the best i have ever seen he had great form and great glaze you could not ask any more from a potter
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Ohr 19 Feb 2012
By Rtist - Published on Amazon.com
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The book shows an excellent selection of George Ohr's unusual work. It tells a good bit about his life as well. Any potter wanting a good glimpse at Ohr's work before going to the museum in Biloxi should start here! He is definitely a "one of a kind" potter!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Potter 23 Jan 2012
By Melvin Biri - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellant book. This was very complete and well written. George Ohr was an intersting guy and I liked the detail attributed to his work. It did leave some questions for me about the origianlity/counterfeiting aspect. How do you tell? Who would know?
5.0 out of 5 stars Art and life of George Ohr 11 Mar 2013
By Patricia W. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book, so well written and promptly delivered. Many thanks and keep alive the memory of George Ohr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 Mar 2013
By Beverly Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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Very nice book, lots of information. I gave this for a Christmas present and the recipient was very happy with it.
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