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Black Cross, 1961

John Mason

American, 1927-
Fired clay
83-1/2 x 36-1/2 x 17-1/2 in. (212.1 x 92.7 x 44.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase with funds granted by The National Endowment for the Arts, matched by the Pasadena Art Alliance
© John Mason

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During the 1950s in Los Angeles, a group of artists led by John Mason rediscovered and reinvented the medium of ceramics for use in large scale sculpture. His Black Cross is one of many works that he crafted using soft clay in previously unexplored ways. An extremely tactile piece, the medium of fired clay brings a fascinating variety of texture and color to Mason's work. Though he has used many other media, he continues to explore and reinvent his favorite medium: clay.

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