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GEORGE OHR: SOPHISTICATE AND RUBE. Ellen J. Lippert. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2013. 206 pp. with 68 ills. (45 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-14727 ISBN 9781617039010 In English.
Publisher's description: The tumultuous historical moment that Ohr inhabited was a formative force in his life and work. Using primary documentation, Lippert identifies specific cultural changes that had the most impact on Ohr. Developments in visual display and the altered role of artists, the southerner redefined in the wake of the Civil War, interest in handicraft as an alternative to rampant mass production, emerging tenets of social thought seeking to remedy worker exploitation, and new assessments of morals and beauty as a result of collapsed ideals all played into the positioning Ohr purposefully designed for himself. The second part of Lippert's study applies these observations to Ohr's body of work, interpreting his stylistic originality to be expressions of the contradictions and oppositions particular to late nineteenth-century America. Ohr threw his inspiration into being both the sophisticate and the "rube," the commercial huckster and the selfless artist, the socialist and the individualist, the "old-fashioned" craftsman and the "artist-genius." He created art pottery as both a salable commodity and a priceless creation. His work could be ugly and deformed (or even obscene) and beautiful. Lippert reveals that far from isolated, Ohr and his creations were very much products of his inspired engagement with the late nineteenth century.
Artist(s):Ohr, George
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style — United States — 1800-1900 — Ceramics
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 156372
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