Published by Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Foreword by Bill Arning. Text by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Nancy Princenthal, Jenni Sorkin.
For nearly three decades, Brooklyn-based Annabeth Rosen (born 1957) has demonstrably interrogated the place of ceramics in the contemporary art landscape.
Formally trained in ceramics yet heavily influenced by painting, Rosen has expanded her practice into conceptually driven sculptural forms, exploring the temporal nature of the medium—melding performative aspects into both material and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works composed through laborious, additive processes push the medium beyond spectacle and into conversations about endurance-based performance, feminist thought, contemporary painting and conceptual art. Rosen functions as an important link between such artist as Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Mary Heilman, Lynda Benglis and a new generation of artists working in the medium. Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and covers 25 years of her work.