Beth Katleman’s sculptures have been described by Ken Johnson in the New York Times as “doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.” Her ornate, porcelain installations examine themes of consumption and desire. In 2011, the Museum of Arts and Design exhibited Folly, a large-scale installation inspired by Toile de Jouy wallpaper. Later that year, Folly was awarded the Moet-Hennessy Prize at the Pavilion of Art and Design in New York. The House of Christian Dior commissioned Katleman to create smaller versions of Folly for its Hong Kong and London flagship stores.
Beth Katleman is represented in the permanent collections of the M.H. de Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), the Arario Museum (Seoul, South Korea), the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Kohler Company (Kohler, WI), The Kamm Teapot Foundation (Sparta, NC), the Artchie Bray Foundation, (Helena, MT), Christian Dior Flagship (Hong Kong, China; London, UK), The Nike Inc. Collection (Portland, OR) and in other private and public collections worldwide. Her sculptures have been featured in the Barneys New York windows (New York, NY).
Her work has garnered critical attention in the New York Times, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Financial Times, New York Magazine, American Ceramics, and Sculpture Magazine in the U.S., and in La Tribune et Moi (Paris), The Art Newspaper (Basel), Grand Design Magazine (Shanghai), Cacao Magazine (Taiwan), and numerous other publications. Recently, a chapter devoted to Katleman’s work was featured in the recent publication Peter Marino: Art Architecture, Pahidon, 2016.
Katleman’s art has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City, MO), the National Building Museum (Washington, D.C.), the M.H. de Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA). In addition Todd Merrill Studio has exhibited Katleman’s work in prestigious art fairs including The Winter Antiques Show, NY, Masterpiece, London, Zona MACO, Mexico City, Gallery Seoul 12, Seoul, South Korea, International Fine Arts and Antiques Dealers Show, New York, the Pavilion of Art and Design/New York, Pavilion of Art and Design/London, Design Miami/Basel, and the Pavilion des Art & Design, Paris.
Katleman holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MBA in Arts Management from UCLA. She has taught at Pratt Institute, New York University and Greenwich House Pottery in New York. Born in Park Forest, Illinois, Katleman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.