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SCULPTURE

Sculpture in Ceramic, Latex, and Bronze and Sculpture Installations

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Hannah Wilke: painted, glazed ceramic, 1969

"My folded clay pieces are like little pieces of nature, a new species. They exist the way sea shells exist...." Hannah Wilke

 
Hannah Wilke first made her signature vaginal ceramic sculptures in the early 1960's, and throughout her life she created  terra cotta, porcelain, and painted and glazed ceramic sculpture. 

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Hannah Wilke: Yellow Rose of Texas, 1960's

 
In the mid 1970's, Hannah Wilke began to experiment with latex, creating individual pieces, such as "Melancholy Mama" and "Pink Champagne," and installations of multiple "blossoms," as in the "Ponder-r-rosa Series." 

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Hannah Wilke: Melancholy Mama, 1975. Private Collection.

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Hannah Wilke: Pink Champagne, 1975

In the 1970's, Wilke created work with multiple ceramics  on boards, such as "Sweet Sixteen," and "Elective Affinities." She made "Model for a Room Sculpture" for an exhibition of artist- designed gallery rooms.

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Hannah Wilke: Sweet Sixteen, 1978

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Hannah Wilke: Model for a Room Sculpture, 1979

 
 
 
Wilke's interest in self-portraiture in photography and drawing, was continued in sculpture in the 1980's in a series of sculptures in painted plaster and in chocolate titled "Venus Pareve." 
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Hannah Wilke: Venus Pareve,1982-84. Jewish Museum, NY.

In the 1980's, Wilke made "Generation Process" series, painted ceramics on small painted boards, and large floor ceramics on boards called  "Of Relativity" for the exhibition "Support, Foundation, Comfort" in honor of her mother, Selma Butter.

In 1985-86, Wilke created "Hannah Manna," a group of 77 sculptures painted in primary colors that were exhibited in a grass landscape in 1987 and at the Neuberger Museum in 2008.

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Hannah Wilke: Hannah Manna, 1985-86 (photo Jim Frank)

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Hannah Wilke: Terra Cotta, 1960's

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Hannah Wilke: Scharlatt Rousse, 1960's

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Hannah Wilke: Foraminifer, 1960s's

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Hannah Wilke:San Antonio Rose,1966 Private Collection.

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Hannah Wilke and Ponder-r-rosa 4,White Plains Yellow Rocks, 1975. Museum of Modern Art, NY.

 
 
 
 
In 1979, Wilke was Artist in Residence at Ohio University where she made her signature sculptures and maquettes for outdoor sculpture in bronze.

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Hannah Wilke: gold patina bronze, 1979.

In 1985, Wilke created a model for an outdoor sculpture to replace Richard Serra's "Tilted Arc," which had been removed from Federal Plaza at Foley Square in New York City.

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Hannah Wilke: Model for Large Scale Sculpture at Federal Plaza,1985

She also created the unique work, "Venus Parve:Monument to Replace the Statue of Liberty,"  for the invitational exhibition, "New Liberties." 
 

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Hannah Wilke: Venus Pareve: Monument to Replace the Statue of Liberty, 1982-84

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Hannah Wilke: Generation Process Series # 6, 1984

The floor work "Blue Skies," created  as a gesture of hope before Wilke's death, was exhibited posthumously in Hannah Wilke Intra Venus, 1994, in a European retrospective, 1999, and at the Neuberger Museum, 2008.

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Hannah Wilke: Blue Skies, 1991

 
 
 
 
 
 
All Hannah Wilke Art, Images, Writing and Text
     Copyright Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt/VAGA, NY
 
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