Hans Coper: Less Means More
Sunday, September 22
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 N.W. Davis St., Portland, OR
"Coper was a radical Jewish artist working at the forefront of British studio ceramics in the mid-twentieth century. This exhibition features 45 of his boundary-pushing sculptural works. Curator Sandra Percival, founding director and curator of the non-profit art project Zena Zezza, also has included a selection of work by Coper’s life-long friend and peer Lucie Rie, an Austrian-born potter. Further contextualizing Coper’s work are selected works by other influential artists of the time including Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Anni Albers, Peter Collingwood, and Dan Flavin." - Oregon Arts Watch
Hans Coper: Less Means More features the sculptural work of Hans Coper (1920-1981), a radical Jewish artist of the mid-twentieth century who was at the vanguard of British studio ceramics, pushing the boundaries of clay and forms of abstraction in his work. Guest curated by Sandra Percival, founding Director and Curator of Zena Zezza, the exhibition presents nearly 50 works by Coper including his Spade, Thistle, Ovoid and Cycladic forms drawn from an extensive collection of his work in England’s York Art Gallery, a rarely seen Portland collection, and a cluster of works from collectors and California institutions. Coper left Germany for England as a Jewish refugee in early 1939. The exhibition also includes works by celebrated ceramicist Lucie Rie, also a Jewish refugee, along with a small selection of related contemporary and modern artworks. Coper was described as “gentle, yet shattering” and Less Means More opens a conversation into the complexities and contradictions embedded in his life and work.