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"A Piece of Cake" by Victor Spinski

"A Piece of Cake" by Victor Spinski

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Victor Spinski (American, 1940-2013)

A Piece of Cake

Ceramic, Signed and dated: "(19)97"

6 3/4" Diam. x 4" H

Spinski was a leading figure in the avant-garde ceramics movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Throughout his career, Spinski experimented with many different materials, forms and techniques, becoming most well-known for his tromp l'oeil clay sculptures, which often incorporated humor.  In a 1983 article in the New York Times, art historian Helen A. Harrison described Spinski's works as being "technically sophisticated and fascinating in their imitation of nonceramic objects, such as metal cans filled with garbage. His "fountains," including an overflowing sink full of dirty dishes and a pile of beer cartons that have sprung a leak, are both cleverly conceived and beautifully realized."  Spinski participated in many historic solo and group exhibitions during his lifetime, including "Clayworks: 20 Americans" and "Coffee, Tea and Other Cups" both held in 1971 at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City.