Art: Glazed Suites at Bellevue Arts Museum

March 18, 2016

John Levesque


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;