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Karen Karnes

November 1925 - July 2016

Karen Karnes passed peacefully at home on July 12th, 2016. She was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters who knew her, she was a mentor whose work embodied the creative power and singular voice to which we all aspire—her life in complete harmony with her creative vision. Karen Karnes was our artist. Her outspoken honesty, wit, and physical grace were unique and irresistible. The solidarity and love for her colleagues and nurturing support for younger potters changed careers and lives.
- Mark Shapiro

It has been a great privilege to know and represent Karen Karnes, one of the great artists of our time. From her earliest days her work has been strong and sculptural, including her functional pieces. She followed an inner radar true to her artistic vision and could always be counted on for the truth. -Lucy Lacoste


Karen Karnes - Vessel w/ Double Neck Karen Karnes - Boulder w/ Three Openings Karen Karnes - Tall Lidded Vessl w/ Thrown Lid
Karen Karnes - Large Lidded Vessle w/ Cut  Lid Karen Karnes - Vase Form w/ Wide Flange Karen Karnes - Covered Jar
Karen Karnes - Vessel, Tan and White Karen Karnes - Covered Jar Karen Karnes - Large Lidded Jar
Karen Karnes - Covered Form w/ Floating Cover Karen Karnes - Covered Jar Karen Karnes - Figurative Form
Karen Karnes - Covered Jar w/ Lacquered Lid Karen Karnes - One Part Vessel Karen Karnes - Three Point Abstract Sculpture
Karen Karnes - Flower Container Karen Karnes - Lidded Jar Karen Karnes - Sculptural Form Red, Dark Grey, no lid
Karen Karnes - Tall Sculptural Form Karen Karnes - Tall Form Black and Red Karen Karnes - Five Dancing Forms
Karen Karnes - Umber, Tan and White Karen Karnes - Close Friends Karen Karnes - Three Pieces Joined, Dark
Karen Karnes - Two Pieces Joined light Karen Karnes - Joined Sculpture w/ Opening Karen Karnes - Three Peices Joined light w/Blue
Karen Karnes - Four Pieces Light with Blue Karen Karnes - Four Pieces Joined, Pale Karen Karnes - Landscape Form w/ Red, Grey
Karen Karnes - Tall Slender Form I Karen Karnes - Tall Slender form II Karen Karnes - Blue Jar with Cut Lidded, salt glaze
Karen Karnes - Lidded Cylinder, Blue Karen Karnes - Karen Karnes


Education
Brooklyn College, NY
Alfred University, NY


KAREN KARNES
In Memoriam
1925 - 2016
Karen Karnes passed peacefully at home on July 12th, 2016. She was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters who knew her, she was a mentor whose work embodied the creative power and singular voice to which we all aspire-her life in complete harmony with her creative vision. Karen Karnes was our artist. Her outspoken honesty, wit, and physical grace were unique and irresistible. The solidarity and love for her colleagues and nurturing support for younger potters changed careers and lives.   - Mark Shapiro

It has been a great privilege to know and represent Karen Karnes, one of the great artists of our time. From her earliest days her work has been strong and sculptural, including her functional pieces. She followed an inner radar true to her artistic vision and could always be counted on for the truth.         -      Lucy Lacoste



Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011  Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2011 Retrospective: A Chosen Path, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2011 Retrospective: A Chosen Path, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
2010 Retrospective: A Chosen Path, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AR
2009 Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2008 Gallerie Besson, London, England
Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2007 Ferrin Gallery, Lennox, MA
Ferrin Gallery, SOFA, New York City, NY
Besson Gallery, London, England
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, SOFA, Chicago, IL
2006 Ceramic Show, Mystic, Quebec, Canada
2005 Ferrin Gallery, SOFA, Chicago, IL
2004 “Creations in Clay: Contemporary New England Ceramics, Currier Museum of Art,
Manchester, NH
Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2003 Karen Karnes – A Life in Clay, Garth Clark Gallery, NYC
WDO Gallery
2001 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1997 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Shaw/Guido, Pontiac, MI
1995 Leedy/Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Okun Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993 Habitat/Shaw Gallery, Farmington Hills, MI
Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1992 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Schneider/Bluhm/Loeb Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
1988 Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
1987 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1986 The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ
Stratton Arts Festival, Stratton, VT
1985 Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, Houston, TX
1981 Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, New York, NY
Okun/Thomas Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Front Room Gallery, Dallas, TX
1979 Craftwork Gallery, London, England
Front Room Gallery, Dallas, TX
Architectural Pottery of Karen Karnes, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY
1978 Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, Houston, TX
1977 Hadler Gallery, New York, NY
1976 Creative Craft Alliance, Shreveport, LA
Following Sea Gallery, Honolulu, HI
Cooper Gallery, Newport, RI
1975 Cooper Gallery, Newport, RI
1974 Cooper Gallery, Newport, RI
1973 Karen Karnes: Salt Glazed Ceramics, The Hand Work Shop, Richmond, VA
1962 Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT
1957 Bonniers, New York, NY
1953 American House Gallery, New York, NY



Selected Group Exhibitions
2011  SOFA CHICAGO, IL Lacoste Gallery
2009 Karen Karnes, Mark Shapiro: Present Object, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
Gallerie Besson, SOFA New York, NYC
2008 Gallerie Besson, SOFA Chicago, IL
2007 Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach, NJ
2006 Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Ceramic Show, Mystic, Quebec, Canada
2001 Heroes: Ken Ferguson, Karen Karnes, David Shaner, Garth Clark Gallery, NY
Poetics of Clay, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Color and Fire-Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Art of Craft – Expressive Works by New Hampshire and Vermont Artists, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1972 International Ceramics, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Salt Glazed Ceramics, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1969 Objects: USA, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
25 Years of Ceramic Art in America, Scripps College, CA
1968 American Studio Pottery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany
Invitational Crafts Show, St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, MN
1967 First Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics, University Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TX
1966 Ceramics Arts USA – 1966 Invitational, Washington, DC
The Object Transformed, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
American Craftsman’s Invitational Exhibition, The Henry Gallery, University of Washington,
Seattle, WA
1964 USA Section of the Thirteenth Triennale, Milan, Italy
Designed for Production: The Craftsman’s Approach, Museum of Contemporary Crafts,
New York, NY
American Ceramics, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
1962 22nd Ceramic National, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1961 New York Crafts, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
1960 Designer-Craftsmen, USA, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1959 Ceramics International, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, New York, NY



Selected Collections
American Crafts Museum, New York City, NY
Aukland Museum, Aukland, NZ
Bemidji State University Collection, Bemidji, MI
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
F.R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota
Johnson Wax Collection of Contemporary Crafts, Racine, WI
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Museum of World Folk Art, La Jolla, CA
Nelson Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Palmer Museum of Art, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
Topeka Public Library, Kansas
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Walker Art Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Wichita Center for the Arts, Kansas