Art Abstract: Alonzo Quintana

Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? The answer is Alonzo Quintana’s Red on Black Water Jar.

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It’s a rainy day here at the Fred Jones, but we probably won’t be heading outside to use our ceramic water jar to save some rain.

Mata Ortiz pottery revives the ceramics tradition of the Casas Grande cultures, especially those of Paquime. The forms and designs were initially borrowed from potsherd found in abundance on the Mata Ortiz landscape in Chihuahua, Mexico. As more artists became involved in the production, innovations occurred, including the evolution of the conical base, as seen in Alonzo Quintana’s Red on Black Water Jar. Another interesting development of the Mata Ortiz revival is the design in an asymmetrical application to the form, creating broad sweeping linear movement.


Alonzo Quintana (Mexico, Mata Ortiz n.d.)
Red on Black Water Jar, n.d.
Ceramic, H. 14 1/2, D. 9 1/2 in.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman
Given in memory of Dr. Ben D. Hare, OU Alumni, Class of 1973 by Carol R. Hare, 2011


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