Art: Glazed Suites at Bellevue Arts Museum

By John Levesque March 18, 2016


This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Seattle magazine.

There are dinner parties. And then there are Chris Antemanns dinner parties.

The Oregon-based ceramic sculptor returns to Bellevue Arts Museum with Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen, an exhibition featuring Antemanns narrative porcelain pieces that cheekily present a story within a story.

Invited to the Art Studio program of Germanys Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in 2011, Antemann collaborated with Meissen artisans on a series of limited-edition sculptures that populate installations celebrating and satirizing the lavishness of 18th-century Baroque banqueting styles.

Closer inspection of Antemanns work reveals intimate, naughty vignettes unfolding near a massive ceramic chandelier. Antemann, who has an eye for detail and a touch of humor, elaborately decorates figures, fixtures, flora and fauna to render them romantic, poetic and seductive.

Through May 29
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, 425.519.0770;

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