Apples

Apples, 2005
Gustav Kraitz (b. 1926) and Ulla Kraitz (b. 1936)

Swedish artists Gustav (b. Hungary) and Ulla Kraitz use kilns based on ancient Chinese models and follow the Chinese traditions to produce glazed ceramics. They typically subject their pieces to repeated glazing and firing processes.

Apples (2005) consists of twelve ceramic apples, all fired with different glazes. The Kraitzes believe it is important for their works to harmonize with—in a sense become one with—the outdoor environments in which they are placed. The Kraitzes here bring the traditionally two-dimensional realm of still life into the three-dimensional realm of sculpture. In contrast to the smooth, machine-made look of the nearby Corridor Pin, Blue (1999) by the Pop artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the irregular surfaces and asymmetrical forms of the Apples appear organic and evoke the natural subjects on which they are based. 

Gustav Kraitz (b. 1926) and Ulla Kraitz (b. 1936)
Apples, 2005
Glazed ceramic
Gift of Barbro and Bernard A. Osher to the Fine Arts Museums Foundation
2005.94.1–12

Listen to Emma Acker, Assistant Curator of American Art, provide her perspective on Gustav Kraitz and Ulla Kraitz’s Apples.

 
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