Ruth Duckworth (German/American, 1919-2009) Untitled, 1965 stoneware unsigned 40"h x 35"w x 10 1/2"d
Catalog Note: A major non-objective sculptor, Ruth Duckworth is best known for her work in ceramics. Studying art in England after fleeing Germany, Duckworth's interest in clay blossomed at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London during the late 1950s. Her success in modernism and abstraction began with intimate decorative porcelain works, eventually arriving at large-scale public installations and wall-based murals. She moved to Chicago in the early 1960s to teach at the University of Chicago. Presented here is a massive stoneware work initially seen at a gallery space in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. This sculpture was ultimately purchased from Duckworth's studio in Pilsen, according to a letter that comes from a previous collector of this monumental example.