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Sinking Brick

16 x 39 x 9 1/2 in. (40.64 x 99.06 x 24.13 cm)

Robert Arneson (Benicia, California, 1930 - 1992, Benicia, California)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Terracotta on artificial grass
Credit Line: Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation for the Peter Selz Collection of Beat and Funk-era Art
Accession Number: 2008.06

SJMA Label Text

Renegade Humor (2012)

Robert Arneson created numerous “sinking” objects, ranging from toilets to cups and bricks. One might consider these works as the artist’s commentary on the role of ceramics, which have largely been viewed as primarily functional objects. Arneson’s creations undermine this functionality. He acknowledged the low status of ceramics while endeavoring to legitimize the discipline as a fine art. Sinking Brick bears the factory name “Arneson” – a witty self-portrait and an acknowledgment of his practice as a sculptor.


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Renegade Humor
, February 3, 2012 - July 8, 2012, New Wing, Second Floor, Central Skylight and South Metro A Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

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  • Sculpture Dimensions: 16 x 39 x 9 1/2 in. (40.64 x 99.06 x 24.13 cm)

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