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Peter Shire’s “Drawings, Impossible Teapots, Furniture & Sculpture”

Peter Shire’s “Drawings, Impossible Teapots, Furniture & Sculpture”

Art Agenda

May 11, 2018

The magic of Shire’s work—and the magic of the city—attests that no matter the angles and planes, drab hues and bland shades imposed on life by industrialization and its aftermath, humans are still playful, funny, and stylish, refusing common shapes and finding ways to bend and shimmy: to express the loose and quirky joy that makes us human. Anyone who knows LA understands that for every cinder-block wall, there’s a brilliant fuchsia bougainvillea, thorny and beautiful, softly wrapping those hard angles with its lush color.

Peter Shire and Rashid Johnson

Peter Shire and Rashid Johnson

KCRW

May 3, 2018

Peter Shire, long time resident of Echo Park and one of its more prominent citizens, is an artist who has long used ceramics as a medium for commentary. The only American to be included in Memphis, the Italian post-modern design group, Shire is best known for his form over function teapots. Since the 1970s, he has used their shape as the basis of extreme experimentation. Shire’s visual wit and passion for color evolved over the decades into ever more outrageous small ceramic sculptures that only nod in the direction of a utilitarian origin.

Peter Shire: Paul Smith Captures 48 Hours in Los Angeles--in Polaroids

Peter Shire: Paul Smith Captures 48 Hours in Los Angeles--in Polaroids

The New York Times

April 27, 2018

“I’ve been a fan of the Memphis Group for a long time and so was delighted to meet one of the founding members, Peter Shire, during my visit to Los Angeles. I bumped into Peter in my shop on Melrose Avenue and he invited me to visit his exhibition in the amazing Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery for a personal tour. It’s such a bright and optimistic show!”

Memphis Group Founding Member Peter Shire on the Power of Kitsch

Memphis Group Founding Member Peter Shire on the Power of Kitsch

AnOther

April 27, 2018

On the occasion of the exhibition Peter Shire: Drawings, Impossible Teapots, Furniture & Sculpture at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Shire talks to AnOther about kitsch, Modernist architecture and formative memories.  

Peter Shire at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Peter Shire at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

CARLA

April 26, 2018

Shire’s collapse of the art object with its functional use is a reminder that most pre-modern art objects have their origin in ritual. From chalices used by European religious orders to African figural sculptures, these objects were used in rituals that connect the participant to a larger social and spiritual worldview: a function that is lost when they are brought into the museum. In a sense, Shire alludes to this loss by making art objects that are used in everyday life, challenging a system where art objects are to be viewed and contemplated but never touched.

Peter Shire at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Peter Shire at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Damn

April 12, 2018

Kayne Griffin Corcoran presents their spring 2018 programming with Peter Shire: Drawings, Impossible Teapots, Furniture & Sculpture in the Main Gallery.

Peter Shire: 5 design things to do this week

Peter Shire: 5 design things to do this week

KCRW

April 2, 2018

Peter Shire, noted local sculptor and ceramicist known for his zany post-modern teapots and his connection to the 1980s Memphis design movement, will be showing some new work at Kayne Griffin Corcoran called “Drawings, Impossible Teapots, Furniture & Sculpture.”

Impossible Teapots: Peter Shire at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

Impossible Teapots: Peter Shire at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

Blouin Artinfo

March 21, 2018

Decorated artist Peter Shire is the subject of an upcoming exhibition in Los Angeles. The unusual exhibition, titled “Drawings, Impossible Teapots, Furniture & Sculpture,” will be presented at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery. The mixed-media show opens on April 5, 2018.