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Beth A. Katleman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens

ARTIST STATEMENT: My late great aunt Toby taught me everything I know about opulence, excess and artifice. Her bathroom boasted a large crystal chandelier and two red velvet chairs. Of her signature orange hair color she’d say, I’ll dye until the day I die - and she did. My sculptures and installations combine rococo decoration with icons from popular culture. I comb the flea markets in search of 1950's squeaky toys, corporate mascots, miniature buildings, cartoon characters and dolls. Often the second and third generation knock-offs catch my eye, especially those that seem to pine for a grander existence. I cast these trinkets in clay, reinventing them and lavishing them with attention. Porcelain suggests luxury, refinement and royal provenance. While one flea market treasure seems a little sad, a florid profusion of them is cause for celebration. My sculptures examine the nature of consumption and desire in our time.

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B. Park Forest, IL
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


2011 Folly, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Beth Katleman: Recent Work, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
1997 *Dream House, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
*Dream House (A Preview), Barneys New York Windows, New York, NY


2010 Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY and other venues in
New York City.
Bright and White, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Mindy Solomon Gallery at NCECA, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Selections from the Kohler Company Collection, 798 ArtZone, Beijing,
New Works/Old Story, Contemporary Jewish Museum,
San Francisco, CA
2008 Handle With Care,Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, M.H. de Young Museum,
San Francisco, CA
2006 From the Ground Up, Linda Ross Contemporary, Huntington Woods, MI
2005 Blue Plate Special, Chester Springs Studio, Chester County, PA
2002 International Infusion III, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
2001 National Ceramic Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
Telling Tales, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
2000 Blown Away, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Sculpture and Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago, Leslie Ferrin Gallery
SOFA New York, Nancy Margolis Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery
1999 Faculty Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House,
New York, NY
Sculpture and Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago, Ann Nathan Gallery
1998 Bathroom,Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Wayne Koestenbaum
Group Exhibition,Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
From Foundation to Ornamentation, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 Tweakville, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Catalogue)
Including Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Incestuous, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY, curated by Carter Kustera
The Pull of Beauty, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NY and the National Building
Museum, Washington, D.C., curated by Kiki Smith and Victoria Milne
Faculty and Artists in Residence Exhibition, University of Georgia, Athens
1995 New Work from Cranbrook Academy of Art, John A. Wilson Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1994 Artists from the Archie Bray Foundation, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT and University
of Washington Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
"Blown Away," Ken Johnson, The New York Times, Art Guide, August 2, 2000, p. E35
"Beth Katleman" David D.J. Rau, American Ceramics, Volume 13/1, February, 1999, p. 54.
"Bathroom" Tom Breidenbach, October, Artforum, 1998, p. 124.
"Bathroom" Holland Cotter, The New York Times, Art in Review, June 26, 1998, p. E38.
"Bathroom with Lots of Makeup" Lucie Young, The New York Times, March 20,1997, p. C3.
"A Sculptor’s Paradise" Lynn Shumow, Sculpture, Vol. 16 No.3, March 1997 p.39.
"Industrial Evolution" Steven Kapelke, New Art Examiner, Vol. 24,No.1 September 1996, p.21.
New Works/Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table, Connie Wolf, Contemporary Jewish Museum,
San Francisco, CA 2009
The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Timothy Anglin Burgard, Karin Breuer, Jill D’Alessandro,
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2007
Teapots Transformed, Leslie Ferrin, Guild Publishing, Madison, WI 2000
Tweakville, David Hunt, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA ,1998
Handmade Tiles, Frank Giorgini, Altamont Press, June 1994.

M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Kohler Company Collection, Kohler, WI
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

1997 Generation X Award and Residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
1996 Moravian Tile Works 1996 Residency (Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant)
1995 Arts/Industry Fellowship, Kohler Company and JM Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI
Resident Artist, University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy
Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2006 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute
2000 Adjunct Professor, Department of Art, New York University
1999 Instructor, Greenwich House Pottery

1995 Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA
1986 Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA, MBA - Arts Management
1981 Stanford University, BA - English


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