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“Within Two Hands: The Eye of The Collector” exhibit presents more than 70 works from the Fred Marer collection, which this math teacher from LA started back in the 1940s. At the time, Peter Voulkos was leading a “revolution in clay” by creating non-utilitarian, large, abstract, sculptural works and leading his students from the Otis group (LA County Art Institute) and later the ceramics dept. at UC Berkeley, in this new direction. Marer bought works from the outstanding artists, like Laura Andreson, Robert Arneson, Hans Coper, Phil Cornelius, Shoji Hamada, Jun Kaneko, Kenneth Price, Billy Al Bengston, Jim Melchert, Henry Takemoto, Michael Frimkess, Marylin Levine, James Lovera, and Magdalena Suarez-Frimkess, and stored them in his house, in his garage, and finally, donated his 900 pieces to Scripps College, where Otis’s graduate, Paul Soldner developed a ceramic program. The exhibit is on view through June 29. SFMC+D is located at 550 Sutter Street, SF. Call 415-773-0303, or visit Photo by Yuri Krasov.


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