“Girls At War” is a follow-up to Beth Katleman’s monumental and critically acclaimed “Folly” (2010), a three-dimensional porcelain wallpaper. This new work, inspired by the paintings of Henry Darger and by the themes from Shakespeare and Greek mythology, is a an opulent triptych of neo-rococo wall panels that blurs the line between innocence and guilt as beribboned, often naked young girls do battle with cavalrymen, tiny toy soldiers and an errant swan.
Katleman’s sculptures and installations have been described by Ken Johnson in the New York Times as “doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.” Katleman’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at Gallery Seoul 12, Seoul, South Korea, the Pavilion of Art and Design/New York, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Pavilion of Art and Design/London, Design Miami/Basel, Pavilion des Art & Design, Paris, the Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Her work has garnered critical attention in the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Art Economist, American Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception and Sculpture Magazine in the U.S., and in La Tribune e Moi, Paris, The Art Newspaper, Basel, Grand Design Magazine, Shanghai, Cacao Magazine, Taiwan, and numerous other publications. Most recently Katleman was profiled in “A Great Relief” by Nicole Swengley in the Financial Times (April 17, 2013). She is represented in the collections of the M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Kohler Company, Kohler, WI, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC, the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Ci Kim Arario Gallery Collection, Seoul, Korea, and many private collections both in the U.S. and abroad. “Demi Folly” was also acquired for the Christian Dior flagship boutique in Hong Kong. “Folly” was awarded Best Decorative Piece at the Pavilion of Art and Design/New York in 2011. 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.
Dimensions: 58″ H x 174″ W x 12″ D
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