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Mid Century Ceramic Sculpture of a Black Man's Head by Fred Press
This remarkable sculpture 'had' me at first glance. It exudes power and grace in equal measure. and I love the way the light plays on the smooth black ceramic surface. It is a stylized piece, exaggerated ever so slightly in all the right places... the muscular neck... and sensuous curves everywhere.
This extraordinary sculpture is the work of well known American artist, sculptor, designer, author, and teacher, Fred Press, whose work resides in the permanent collections of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and The Worcester Art Museum. His articles have been published in the American Artist Magazine as well as other well respected publications, and Press was commissioned in the 1990's by the US Navy to design two bronze plaques which are on permanent display at the US Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C. A distinguished career indeed.
CONDITION is very nice, with a few small nicks that appear to have been touched up sometime in the past... this particular piece is in better condition than the few others I have seen pictures of. Signed as shown. Please look at the photographs. About half or two thirds life size, it measures 10" tall, with the footprint of the base measuring 4" x 3 7/8"... but the head overhangs the base front and back.
I could go on and on, but sometimes its better to let the pictures speak for themselves. A marvelous piece. Enjoy!
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