April 2016

During the course of her career, Viola Frey evolved from creating moderately-scaled “bricolage” sculptures inspired by her frequent visits to flea markets to create nearly life-size figures (including double self-portraits) and subsequently monumental figures as both her ambition and her command of her medium increased. The World and the Woman is an example of her mature large-scale sculpture, which is more brilliantly colored than her earlier work. It dates to a time when Frey focused her monumental ceramics on several signature subjects: male figures, often in blue business suits (and vulnerable poses); confident standing females in floral-patterned dresses; and seated or reclining female nudes, sometimes accompanied by additional figures or globes. It took the installation crew from ICA - Art Conservation, Akron Art Museum and Andy Rock Fine Art Services three days to assemble The World and the Woman, but you can watch her reassembly in just over a minute! – Akron Museum of Art

Featuring Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 inches, VF-3414CS; Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands.


The World and the Woman: Installation


March 2016

Transformative Art Gift Will Enhance Studies in Studio Art, Art History, and Conservation
Denver real estate developer John Madden has donated a collection of 120 artworks to the University of Denver . . . “For a decade, we’ve worked hard to organize our collections. Mr. Madden’s gift perfectly complements some of our existing holdings, particularly in European and American landscape painting. Gifts of pieces by Grandma Moses, Robert Rauschenberg and Viola Frey take us into whole new areas with works of truly significant quality. The Madden collection even features a stunning collection of work by local painter Daniel Sprick, adding yet another dimension. It’s a transformational gift, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with colleagues, students and our expanding audience.” —Curator, Dan Jacobs, University Art Collections, Denver, Colorado


February 2016

Canton Museum Acquires Sculpture by Viola Frey
“For the last several years, we have been working to bolster the ceramic side of our Permanent Collection, which includes, among others, acclaimed pieces by Toshiko Takaezu, Viktor Schreckengost, and Frey contemporary, Peter Voulkos,” said Barton. “Among the top of our wish list was to add a Frey sculptural work into the collection. The opportunity presented itself, and after careful review our Collections Management Committee secured this amazing piece.” —Executive Director Max Barton


May 1975

The Incredible San Fancisco Artists' Soapbox Derby, 1975.