SMITHSONIAN VISIONARY BENEFIT AUCTION
Presented by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee
May 13, 2020 11 am EST
LIVE and ONLINE
Beautiful Works of Art, created by Smithsonian Visionary Artists Albert Paley, Wendell Castle, Toots Zynsky, Faith Ringgold, Joyce J. Scott and 2020 Visionary Artist Patti Warashina
Included in Rago/Wright Modern Design Auction on May 13, 2020 Lots 263 – 274 Live Bidding begins at 11:00 am
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Visionary Artist Award 2020: Patti Warashina, recipient of this year’s Smithsonian Visionary Award, is honored for her work in ceramic sculptures. University of Washington Professor Emerita, Warashina at age 79 continues to craft smart, funny, and sometimes heartrending figurative sculptures with masterful proficiency, exploring such themes as the absurdity and foibles of human nature, feminism, and other timely political and social topics. Institutions holding her work include the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Museum of Art and Design, New York, National Museum of Modern Art, Japan and the Los Angeles County Art Museum. Selected Warashina works will be on display during the show.
The Smithsonian Visionary Award is presented annually by the Secretary of the Smithsonian to artists who have reached the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums, and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry, and vision in their respective medium. Previous Visionary Artists include Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Toots Zynsky, Dale Chihuly, Faith Ringgold, and Joyce J. Scott.