J.B. Blunk
Installation view
November 18, 2016January 21, 2017
Installation view
March 12June 12, 2010

J.B. BLUNK

Born 1926, Ottawa, Kansas
Died 2002, Inverness, California 

Education
University of California, Los Angeles, 1949

One-Person Exhibitions

2018
Nature, Art & Everyday Life, Oakland Museum of California, CA
Kate MacGarry, London, UK

2016
Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan

2015
J.B. Blunk: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, The Landing, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2004
Small Works and Photographs from Inverness, Dance Palace Community Center, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

2000
California Spirit, Bolinas Museum, CA

1989
Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

1986
A Sculptor’s Place, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

1984
Pickard Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK
100 Plates Plus, Oklahoma State University, Norman, OK

1982
100 Plates Plus, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

1981
100 Plates Plus, Artspace, Los Angeles, CA
100 Plates Plus, David Cole Gallery, Inverness, CA

1978
Sculptures 1952-1977, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1954
Chuo-Koron Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2018
In Conversation: Alma Allen & J.B. Blunk, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA 

2015
Art and Other Tactics, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

2014
What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2011
Big A@# Sculpture Show, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Crafting Modernism, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2010
The Anniversary Show, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2009
J.B. Blunk Residency Exhibition, Reform Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008
SF20, Reform Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
Eubank Studio, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

1991
Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA

1987
Nich Tomi, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

1983
David Cole Gallery, Inverness, CA

1982
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY

1978
Galerie Schreiner, Basel, Switzerland

1977
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

1976
Retrospective of Sculpture in the Bay Area, James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1974
Outdoor Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

1973
Lester Gallery, Inverness, CA

1969
Objects USA, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

1965
Egg and Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1959
Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Art, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1958
San Francisco Museum, San Francisco, CA

1956
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Catalogues

2011
Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985. Texts by Jo Lauria, Emily Zaiden, and Sharon K. Emanuelli.Los Angeles: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 2011.

2010
Nartonis, Katie. “The Post-War Studio Movement of West Marin: Preserving the Legacy.” In San Francisco 20th Century Modernism Show 2010. San Francisco: San Francisco 20th Century Modernism Show, 2010: 36-39. 
Williamson, Leslie. Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers. New York: Rizzoli, 2010. 

2008
Nielson, Mariah, ed. J.B. Blunk: A Collection of Work from 1952-1992. Los Angeles: Reform Gallery, 2008.
San Francisco 20th Century Art & Design Show 2008. San Francisco: San Francisco 20th Century Art & Design Show, 2008: 18-20.

2002
Richardson, Phyllis. “J.B. Blunk.” In Contemporary Natural. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2002: 34-39. 

1986
Exhibition: A Sculptor’s Place. San Francisco: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1986.

1984
J.B. Blunk: 100 Plates, Sculpture. Stillwater, Oklahoma: Gardiner Art Gallery; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Pickard Art Galleries, 1984.

1978
Wyle, Edith R. J.B. Blunk Sculptures 1952-1977. Los Angeles: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1978. 

1977
Emery, Olivia H. Craftsman Lifestyle: The Gentle Revolution. Pasadena: California Design Publications, 1977: 175-178.

1970
Nordness, Lee. Objects: USA. New York: Viking Press, 1970: 268.

 

Articles & Reviews

2018
Chandler, Elizabeth Khuri. "The Outsider." C Magazine (May 2018): 79-80.
Desmarais, Charles. "J.B. Blunk's 'Everyday Life' of Art and Nature at Oakland Museum." San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2018. 
Jansen, Charlotte. “A ‘Blind Date’ Between Two Californian Artists Reveals Surprising Shared Sensibilities.” Wallpaper, February 4, 2018. 
Tran, Khanh T.L. “Master Class.” LALA Magazine (Spring 2018): 82-83.

2017
Adams, Carin. "Curator's Eye: J.B. Blunk's The Planet." Modernmag.com, December 19, 2017.Knezic, Sophie. “J.B. Blunk.” Frieze.com, January 3, 2017.
Mckean, Cameron Allan. "J.B. Blunk." Art Agenda, January 12, 2017. 
Nielson, Mariah. “The House My Father Build.” MacGuffin: The Life of Things 4 (Spring/Summer 2017): 163-180.
Nielson, Christine & Mariah. “The Life, Art and Legacy of J.B. Blunk.” Her. Magazine 4 (Spring/Summer 2017): 112-123.

2016
Girard, Alexander Kori. “J.B. Blunk.” Apartamento Magazine, no. 18 (Autumn/Winter 2016-17): 206-233.
Fortini, Amanda. "A Little House in the Big Woods." T: The New York Times Style Magazine, November 17, 2016.
Rus, Mayer. "California Dealer Gerard O'Brien on His New Art Gallery." Architectural Digest, February 8, 2016. 

2015
Bernstein, Fred A. "Art and Architecture at the Calder Foundation in Manhattan." Architectural Digest 72, no. 4 (April 2015): 58-62.
Drohojowska-Philip, Hunter. "J.B. Blunk and Aaron Curry." KCRW Art Talk, December 17, 2015.
Williams, Maxwell. "Master Craft." Cultured (Winter 2015): 208.
Wu, Su. “A New Place to Celebrate Cool California Design.” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, November 12, 2015.

2012
Scheuer, Bettina. “Aus Gutem Holz.” Architectural Digest (Germany), no. 3 (March 2012).
Reid, James. “Out of the Woods.” Wallpaper, no. 154 (January 2012): 182-189.
Tully, Judd. “Judicial Resale-Rights Scuffle.” Art + Auction 35, no. 5 (January 2012): 45-46.

2010
“Blum & Poe Presents First Major Gallery Exhibition of J.B. Blunk’s Work.” Artdaily.org, May 15, 2010.
Leher-Graiwer, Sarah. “Blunk, Blunker, Blunkest.” Artslant, March 22, 2010.
Lovelace, Joyce. “Two California Masters in Retrospective.” American Craft Magazine, April 23, 2010.
“Making the Cut.” California Home+Design (April 2010): 50.
Miles, Christopher. “Mark Grotjahn and J.B.Blunk at Blum and Poe.” LA Weekly, March 25, 2010.
Okamoto, Hitoshi. “A House Filled With Life and Creativity.” Casa Brutus, no. 128 (November 2010): 178-185.
Rus, Mayer. “Cultured.” Los Angeles Times Magazine, March 2010: 30.
Zeiger, Mimi. “Outsider Interior.” Dwell 11, no. 1 (November 2010): 80-81.

2009
Doran, Cat. “Point Blunk.” California Style (May 2009): 88-97, 126.

2008
Geremia, Kaitlyn. “The Woodworker.” California Home + Design Magazine (July 2008): 152.

2000
Pallenberg, Barbara. “Salvage Messiah.” World of Interiors Magazine 20, no. 6 (June 2000): 125-131.

1999
Adamson, Glenn. “California Spirit: Rediscovering the Furniture of J.B. Blunk.” Woodwork, no. 59 (October 1999): 22-31.

1973
Javobs, Mimi. “A Sculptor’s Quest.” Pacific Sun Arts, June 21-27, 1973: 9-10.
Johnson, Edna. “Blunk, Bennett, Bauer & Barbara: The Four Bs are Designing People.” Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1973.

Museum & Public Collections

M+ Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong 

 

Jansen, Charlotte. “A ‘Blind Date’ Between Two Californian Artists Reveals Surprising Shared Sensibilities.” Wallpaper, February 4, 2018.
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Nielson, Mariah. “The House My Father Built.” MacGuffin, no. 4 (Spring/Summer 2017): 165-180.
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Mckean, Cameron Allan. “J.B. Blunk.” Art Agenda, January 12, 2017.
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Knezic, Sophie. “Reviews: J.B. Blunk.” Frieze, no. 185 (March 2017): 174.
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"J.B. Blunk" San Francisco 20th Centery Art & Design Show Catalog, 2008: 18-20
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Doran, Cat. "Point Blunk" California Style, May 2009: 88-97, 126.
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Richardson, Phyllis. "J.B. Blunk" Contemporary Natural, 2002: 34-39.
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