Artist's Page

JB Blunk

Born in Ottawa, KS, 1926
Died in Inverness, CA, 2002

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1949 

One-Person Exhibitions

Three Forms: JB Blunk, Blunk Space, Point Reyes Station, CA

Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY 

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

Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan

JB Blunk: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, The Landing, Los Angeles, CA

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

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

California Spirit, Bolinas Museum, CA

Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

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

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

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

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

Sculptures 1952-1977, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA 1954 Chuo-Koron Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

Bright Garden: JB, Bruno & Rufus, Blunk Space, Point Reyes Station, CA

Ceramics: Mingei to Modern, Blunk Space, Point Reyes Station, CA
Objects: USA 2020, R & Company, New York, NY
Between the Earth and Sky, Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Blue Jeans & Brown Clay, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

In Conversation: Alma Allen & JB Blunk, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; traveled to Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Marin Collects, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Designed in California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets, and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA; traveled to Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA

Chair Stories, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA 2015 Art and Other Tactics, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

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

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

The Anniversary Show, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA 

JB Blunk Residency Exhibition, Reform Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

SF20, Reform Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group show with John Anderson, Eubank Studio, Point Reyes Station, CA

Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA

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

David Cole Gallery, Inverness, CA

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

Galerie Schreiner, Basel, Switzerland

Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

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

Outdoor Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Lester Gallery, Inverness, CA

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

Egg and Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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

San Francisco Museum, San Francisco, CA

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA



JB Blunk. Inverness, CA: Blunk Books; London: Dent-de-Leone, 2020. 
Adamson, Glenn. Objects: USA 2020. New York: The Monacelli Press, 2020.

Hodge, Brooke, ed. Alma Allen & JB Blunk: In Conversation. New York: August Editions, 2019. 

The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods. Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2018.

JB Blunk Cups, Plates, Bowls & Sculptures: Ceramics 1950-1999. London: Dent-De-Leone, 2016. 

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.

JB Blunk. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 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.

Nielson, Mariah, ed. JB 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Articles & Reviews

Cavanagh, Alice. “The Muse.”, February 2021.
Yerebakan, Osman Can. “Highlights from R & Company’s Ambitious Design Exhibition 'Objects: USA 2020.’”, February 16, 2021.
“Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, from a New Deitch-Gagosian Collaboration to a Look at the Us Presidency.” Artnet News, January 18, 2021.

“The 10 Books That Got Us through the Madness.”, December 24, 2020.
Nayar, Jean. “16 Highlights from Design Miami and Art Week 2020 in Miami.”, December 1, 2020.
Chen, Aric. “Alternative Americas: Highlights from Design Miami/ 2020.”, November 2020.
Horne, Ollie. "One Medium to Another.", September 2020. 
Nielson, Mariah. "Chip off the Block – Lessons from My Father, JB Blunk.", September 10, 2020. 
Nielson, Mariah. “Connected to Place.” Design Miami (blog), October 2020.
Demers, W.A. "Q&A: Mariah Nielson.", June 23, 2020. 
Lloyd-Smith, Harriet. "Redwood Giant." Wallpaper (Summer 2020): 44.
Mcgrath, Katharine. “California Artist JB Blunk’s Posthumous Second Act.”, October 30, 2020.
Russeth, Andrew. “The Mischievous and Mysterious Art of J.B. Blunk.” Apollo-Magazine, October 30, 2020.
Rutter, Samuel. "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week." T: New York Times Style Magazine, May 14, 2020. 

Guadagnino, Kate. “T Suggests: English Roses, a Lost Film by Claire Denis and More.” T: New York Times Style Magazine, June 7, 2019.

Adamson, Glenn. "Earth, Wind & Fire: Rediscovering the Elemental Art of JB Blunk.", September 3, 2018.
Chandler, Elizabeth Khuri. "The Outsider." C Magazine (May 2018): 79-80.
Cheng, DeWitt. "OMCA Displays JB Blunk's Works.", July 30, 2018. 
Desmarais, Charles. "JB 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. 
“J. B. Blunk: Taking on the Immediate Natural World – Jude Cowan Montague.”, October 15, 2019.
Pallenberg, Barbara. “Weathered Out West.” World of Interiors (November 2018): 108-115.
Romeyn, Kathryn. "Inside the Sublime World of Late Sculptor JB Blunk.", July 30, 2018.  Tran, Khanh T.L. “Master Class.” LALA Magazine (Spring 2018): 82-83. 

Adams, Carin. "Curator's Eye: JB Blunk's The Planet.", December 19, 2017.
Knezic, Sophie. “JB Blunk.”, January 3, 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 JB Blunk.” Her. Magazine 4 (Spring/Summer 2017): 112-123.
Mckean, Cameron Allan. "JB Blunk." Art Agenda, January 12, 2017. 

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.

Bernstein, Fred A. "Art and Architecture at the Calder Foundation in Manhattan." Architectural Digest 72, no. 4 (April 2015): 58-62.
Drohojowska-Philip, Hunter. "JB 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.

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.

“Blum & Poe Presents First Major Gallery Exhibition of JB Blunk’s Work.”, 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 JB 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.

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

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

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

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

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 and Public Collections

Experiment in International Living, Brattleboro, VT
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
Grubb & Ellis, Oakland, CA
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA
Leonard Park, Mount Kisco, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
M+ Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Orientation Center for the Blind, Albany, CA
Palms Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Stevenson College, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Tassajara Mountain Zen Center, Carmel Valley, CA
Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, WA

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