Mary Tuthill Lindheim:
 Art and Inspiration
Mary Tuthill Lindheim:
Art and Inspiration
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MARY TUTHILL LINDHEIM: ART AND INSPIRATION is the first book on the American sculptor, ceramist, and teacher Mary Tuthill Lindheim (1912- 2004), who helped awaken the art world of 1950s San Francisco to the legitimacy and potential of clay as a fine art medium.

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The book, edited by art writer and former editor at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) Abby Wasserman, features a foreword by Julie M. Muñiz, curator of decorative arts at OMCA; a lead essay by West Coast critic and sculptor Maria Porges; an essay on Lindheim's role in Bay Area ceramics by Wasserman; and an essay by Wasserman and filmmaker Aram Fischer, Lindheim's great-nephew, on Lindheim's social and political activism. It contains a detailed, illustrated chronology, short bios of Lindheim's teachers and contemporaries, a bibliography, index, and passages of Lindheim's own writing, documenting aspects of her personal and professional history, and imparting the flavor of her era and of a fascinating and beautiful woman who lived by her own rules.

From the Foreword:

"Lindheim's work provides a wonderful overview of California ceramics from the 1930s through the 1960s. This was a period of great change, and while Lindheim's name is not among those typically mentioned, she nonetheless played an important role. From her figural sculpture in terra cotta to her devotion to the vessel and experimentation in the decades that followed, Lindheim was a voice of this revolutionary era."

Julie M. Muñiz
Imogene Gieling Curator of Craft and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California

From the Advance Reviews:

"This ambitious introductory text . . . provides satisfying historical information while offering solid art historical context that step outside the focus of other larger-than-life ceramic practitioners of the day. It is both an advancement to understanding the history of Northern California ceramics and an homage to Mary Tuthill Lindheim. . . ."
--Nancy M. Servis, curator, artist, Executive Director, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California

"Lindheim’s . . . bowls, vases (the branch vases of the 1950s are monumental at only two feet tall), candelabras and painting-like wall dividers . . . both embody the era in which they were created and transcend it... [Her] sculptures in the Fifties and Sixties about war seem to touch a deeper, primal, universal chord of pathos, antiwar passion unmediated by esthetic fashion, consonant with her generous activism on behalf of American blacks, native Americans, war vets and refugees, and opposing fascism, McCarthyism and—a local angle—the overdevelopment of Sausalito's beach frontage. . . ."
--DeWitt Cheng, artist, curator, and art writer

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To purchase one or more copies of MARY TUTHILL LINDHEIM: ART AND INSPIRATION, see below.

  • December 10, 2011-January 15, 2012: "Mary Tuthill Lindheim: Agent of Change," the most comprehensive exhibition ever of Lindheim artworks, will be on view Dec. 10, 2011-January 15, 2012 at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr, Novato, CA. A slide lecture on Mary Tuthill Lindheim will be presented by exhibition curator and MarinMOCA executive director Heather Murray at 2 p.m. on December 10, 2011. There will also be a book signing by Abby Wasserman, editor and co-essayist of the 2010 book Mary Tuthill Lindheim: Art and Inspiration
Thumbnail Facts

ISBN 9780918684837
Publication date: November 2010
Published and distributed by Cameron + Company, Inc. (
Edited by Abby Wasserman, with essays by Maria Porges, Abby Wasserman, and Aram Fischer
Designed by Lesley Gasparetti
10 x 12-in. paperback with flaps
196 pages
Illustrations: 172 color, 99 black-and-white

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The book is available at and can be ordered from any bookstore; search by title or ISBN 9780918684837. The following have pre-ordered copies:

San Francisco Bay Area:
· Alexander Book Company - San Francisco
· Book Passage - Corte Madera
· Books Inc. - Marina Branch, San
· Booksmith - San Francisco
· Capitola Books - Capitola
· Copperfield's Books - Petaluma
· The Depot Bookstore & Cafe - Mill Valley
· Green Apple Books - San Francisco
· Moe's Books - Berkeley
· Mrs. Dalloway's Garden & Literary Arts -
· Oakland Museum of California Store -
· San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Store
  - San Francisco
· Leslie Ceramics Supply - Berkeley
· Barnes and Noble - online

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