Un magnifique coup de cœur !
"...Bean was influenced in the late 1970s by Near Eastern decorative arts and the use of flat pattern. He was also inspired by the concept of space in all senses; this is evident in Theo Anderson's photo essay of Bean in his space. He was influenced further by Larry Poons' color field paintings. Bean says this was a period of "intense experimentation, euphoria and terror".
In the 1980s gold leaf is introduced into his ceramic works. It was during this time that the curators, Dzintra Kalnins and Peggy Whitney Hobbs discovered his work in Clinton, New Jersey, and noticed his Lehigh connection as the nephew of Mary Archer Eppes, wife of the late Professor of Engineering, Jimmy Eppes. Bean was beginning his Wing series and the dramatic Double and Triple series. In 1995 the Drunken Lilly (footed) vessel series began, followed in the new century with his DNA and Ghost series, and currently the Memory series. Curiosity continues for him as "…one of the most essential characteristics"
Bean’s work is included in permanent collections of numerous institutions, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada..."
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