MAGDALENE ODUNDO

The Vessels



Country: USA
City: Atlanta
Museum/Gallery: High Museum of Art
Artist: Magdelene Odundo
Year: 1950 -


June 24–October 15, 2017
 

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Magdalene Odundo. Photo by Ben Boswell

 This summer, the High Museum of Art will present an extraordinary
group of terracotta vessels and related works by the artist
Magdalene Odundo (British, born Kenya, 1950)

 

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Magdalene Odundo
Untitled, 1989

Burnished and
oxidized terracotta.
Private collection, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magdalene Odundo
Symmetrical Variegated Form 1990

Burnished and
carbonized terracotta
 

Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trajectory of Odundo’s work over the course of three decades
“Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo” will trace her trajectory  from its genesis in the early 1980s through her most recent innovations, including new works created especially for the exhibition. Over the years, Odundo’s art has become immediately recognizable for its distinctive, sensuous forms, some of which suggest the human figure.

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Magdalene Odundo
Untitled, 1990

Burnished and
carbonized terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magdalene Odundo
Vessel Series II, no.1

2005–2006

Burnished and
carbonized terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Odundo’s technical achievements
Odundo builds her vessels by hand using a coiling technique and often fires them repeatedly, which results in burnished, silken surfaces ranging from bold orange to smoky, iridescent black. Odundo’s technical achievements fuse with a distinctly personal style, influenced by sources from across the globe and throughout time.

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Magdalene Odundo
Vessel Series III, no.3
2005–2006

Burnished and
carbonized terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Magdalene Odundo
Untitled, 2013

Burnished and
carbonized terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her ceramics synthesize artistic traditions
Ranging from Greek and Roman pottery, to Elizabethan costumes, to the art of modern masters Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani, to the spherical vessels African women have made throughout the centuries to carry and store water.

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Magdalene Odundo
Untitled, 1995

Burnished and
reduced terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Magdalene Odundo
Orange Narrow Necked, 1987

Burnished and
oxidized terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

carol thompson 280x380 pxStatement from Carol Thompson
High’s Fred and Rita Richman curator of African art

“We are so pleased and honored to present Odundo’s truly transcendent work. Her inventive approach to art making combines a mastery of materials and innovative techniques to create a body of work that honors the past but remains very relevant to today’s world” 
 
“Odundo’s ceramics resonate with works in the Museum’s historical African art collection, such as an exquisite Mangbetu vessel—a form that Odundo acknowledges has inspired her practice.” 

“The sculpture’s graceful female form looks so animated that it nearly seems to dance. Similarly, Odundo’s works feature flowing, dynamic forms that are full of life”


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Magdalene Odundo
Kigango Series, 2000

Burnished and
oxidized terracotta

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Magdalene Odundo
Untitled 14, 1994

Burnished and
reduced terracotta.

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Foundation for Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

about mgdalene obundo

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1950, Odundo lived her early life in both Kenya and India and moved to England in 1970. She studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art and Royal College of Art and has traveled the world studying and researching ceramic techniques, speaking, and conducting workshops.

Magdalene odundo priceHer art is represented in major museum collections worldwide, including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and The British Museum.

In addition to her many awards, the artist was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for Services to the Arts in 2008.

Photo: Lady-Magdalene Odundo with son Marimba Mendez at
Buckingham Palace receiving OBE from theQueen

 


Get together with Magdalene
For the opening of the exhibition, the High will present a conversation between Odundo and Thompson on June 23, 2017, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hill Auditorium. Attendees may view the exhibition after the talk.

Exhibition Organization and Support
Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo is organized
by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner: BANK of AMERICA. Exhibition Series Sponsor: DELTA – TURNER. Premier Exhibition Series Supporters: Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot and WISH Foundation. Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters: Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly, Charitable Trust, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joyce and Henry Schwob. Generous support is also provided by: Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund.

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