b. 1947, Echo Park, CA 

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA 

 

Education

 

1970     Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, B.F.A.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 

Ettore Sottsas: Design Radical, The Met Breuer, New York, NY 

Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Peter Shire: Naked Is the Best Disguise, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA 

 

2016

Peter Shire, A Survey of Ceramics: 1970s to the Present, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Memphis Does Hanukkah, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY 

Peter Shire: Cups, South Willard, Los Angeles, CA

Peter Shire, Love and P’s, Curated by Julie Boukobza, New Galerie, Paris, France 

Peter Shire: Fists & Jeroboams, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany 

 

2015

Auto-Correct (with Despina Stokou), Derek Eller Gallery, off-site exhibition, Los Angeles, CA 

Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, CA 

 

2014

A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA 

 

2013    

Peter Shire: Tea for Two Hundred, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Peter Shire: A World of Geometrics, Louisiana State University Student Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

Serious Fun: Works by Peter Shire, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Practically Absurd: Art & Design by Peter Shire, Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA

 

2012    

Cups 1974 - 2012, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

2011    

Hokkaido Story Revisited: Late Spring, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Historical City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, Lake Charles, LA

 

2010    

Hokkaido Story, Pete and Susan Barret Art Gallery, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI

Farmers & Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, CA

 

2007    

Peter Shire: Chairs, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

2006    

Tobey Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Deuce Ex Machina, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Peter Shire: The Los Angeles Connection to Memphis, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

2005    

Chouinard Gallery, South Pasadena, CA

 

2004    

Antonia Jannone Gallery, Milan, Italy

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose University, San Jose, CA

Ceramics, Works on Paper, Sculpture, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts, Palm Desert, CA

 

2002    

Rocking Tiki Paintings and Prints from the Moonrise over Venice Suite, 410 Boyd Street,     Los Angeles, CA

Los Jovenes Sunset Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

 

2001    

Winchester Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

Bad Taste Takes a Holiday, SKS Josefsburg Studio, Portland, OR

 

2000    

Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Teapots and Drawings, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1999

Colburn Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA

 

1998    

Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

LA Artcore Center, Los Angeles, CA

S.K. Josefsberg Gallery, Portland, OR

20th Century Collage, Dallas, TX

Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Toomy-Turrel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

1996    

Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

S.K. Josefsberg Gallery, Portland, OR

University of Judaism, Platt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

El Centro del Pueblo, Los Angeles, CA

 

1995    

Gallery Saito, Sapporo Hokkaido, Japan

 

1994    

Lucy Berman Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

 

1993    

UCP Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

 

1992    

Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

 

1991    

Lucy Berman Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Modernism, San Francisco, CA

Daniel Saxon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

David Lawrence Editions, Beverly Hills, CA

 

1990    

Hokin-Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL

William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

1989    

Art et Industrie, New York, NY 

Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, France

Design Gallery Milano, Milan, Italy

Modernism, San Francisco, CA

Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1988    

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of         Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Italian Trade Commission in cooperation with ATC, Hollywood, CA

Lucy Berman Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Parallel Gallery, Del Mar, CA

 

1987    

Davis-McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dixon Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Citrus in Cooperation with Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

1986    

Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

Onyx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Skirball Museum, in cooperation with Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Installation of the Olympic Village Entertainment Center, California State Polytechnic         University in conjunction with the School of Architecture, Pomona, CA

 

1985    

Modernism, San Francisco, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

 

1984    

Hokin-Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

B.Z. Wagman Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

1983    

Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

Janice Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

1982    

The Morgan Gallery, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, MO

The Art Store, Los Angeles, CA

Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1981    

Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

American Hand Gallery, Washington, D.C.

 

1980

Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Modernism, San Francisco, CA

Studio Alchymia, Florence, Italy

West Beach Café, Venice, CA

 

1979    

Janus Gallery, Venice, CA

Janus Gallery, Venice, CA

 

1976    

Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1975

Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Hand and Eye, Honolulu, HI

Gallery 17848, Tustin, CA

 

Selected Bibliography

 

2016

Rose, Julian. "Peter Shire." Artforum. Dec 2016. Print. 

Griffin, Jonathan. "Peter Shire adds local color." Cultured. Dec 2016. Print. 

Goodman, Jonathan. "Peter Shire." The Brooklyn Rail. 4 Oct 2016. Print. 

Shaw, Catherine. “‘California High Kitsch’: Peter Shire’s ceramics travel to New York’s Derek Eller Gallery.” Wallpaper*. 27 Sept 2016. Web. 

Messner, Matthew. “A new ceramics exhibition explores the work of Memphis member Peter Shire.” The Architects Newspaper. 7 Sept 2016. Web. 

Hoberman, Mara. “Peter Shire: New Galerie.” Artforum. Feb 2016. Web. 

“Peter Shire in Paris.” Juxtapoz. 1 Feb 2016. Web. 

Mateos, Pierre-Alexandre. “Review: Peter Shire.” Flash Art. Mar/Apr 2016. Print. 

 

2015

“Peter Shire on Economy and Design.” Obelisk. Volume II, Issue 1. Print. 

 

2014

“Peter Shire “Public Work, Lines of Desire” @ A + D Museum, Los Angeles.” Juxtapoz. 24 Nov 2014. Web. 

Zeiger, Mimi. “Peter Shire: Teapots, Public Art and a Life in Design.” KCET. 18 Nov 2014. Web. 

Conder, Ryan and Matt Paweski. “Peter Shire: The Mayor of Los Angeles.” Apartamento. 31 May 2014. Print. 

 

2013

Keeps, David. “Peter Shire: Icon in the Remaking.” Dujour. 20 Dec 2013. Web. 

Tylevich, Katya. “Peter Shire.” PIN-UP. Fall Winter 2012/13. Print. 

Rose, Aaron. “Peter Shire.” ANP Quarterly. Volume II, Issue 7. Print. 

Miller, Robin. “Dancing with art: Of Moving Colors performance features sets designed by Peter Shire.” The Advocate. 21 Apr 2013. Print. 

 

2012

Heaton, Ashley. “Peter Shire: Elevating the Ordinary Through Form and Craftsmanship.” American Contemporary Art. May 2012. Print. 

Whitney, Kathleen. “Review: Peter Shire.” Ceramics Monthly. Oct 2012. Print. 

 

2011

Griffin, Jonathan. Mid-Century Modified.” The World of Interiors. Dec 2011. Print. 

Seckler, Judy. “Peter Shire: Rhythm and Hues.” Ceramics. Issue 84. Print. 

 

2009

Ng, David. “Artist Peter Shire unveils his gateway to North Hollywood.” Los Angeles Times. 10 Jul 2009. Web. 

Seckler, Judy. “Architextiles: Peter Shire Goes Public.” Ceramics Monthly. Jan 2009. Print. 

 

2007

Keeps, David. “A House Divided: Eclectic L.A. artist compounds designs.” The Journal Gazette. 16 Dec 2007. Print.

Keeps, David. “Power of the Palette.” The Los Angeles Times. 12 Nov 2007. Print. 

 

2006

Shire, Peter and Tobey C. Moss. Fantasies, Imaginings, Drawings, Sculptures: the Creative Synapse. Los Angeles, CA: Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 2006. Print. 

 

2004

Niederlander, Rebecca. “Peter Shire: Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California.” American Ceramics. 2004. Print. 

Shire, Peter, Jo Farb Hernandez, David Kelley, and Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery. Go Beyond the Ordinary. San Jose, CA: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, 2004. 

 

2001

Smith, Penny. “Fast Forward: The Work of Peter Shire.” Ceramics. Issue 43. Print. 

Clark, Garth. The Artful Teapot. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2001. 

Dauer, Paul. “Color & Fire: Ceramics at LACMA.” Ceramics no. 44. Print. 

 

2000

Row, D.K. “Critic’s Pick.” The Oregonian. 7 Dec 2000. Print. 

 

1999

Johnstone, Mark. Contemporary Art in Southern California. Sydney, Australia: Craftsman House; G+B Arts International, 1999. 

 

1996

Back, Karen. “Peter Shire: Underground Art.” Wall Street Journal. 27 Jun 1996. Print

 

1993

Frank, Peter. “Enjoying the designs of art furniture.” Long Beach Press. 17 Apr 1993. Print. 

 

1992

Goodheart, Jessica. “One for the Neighborhood: Peter Shire’s creation near his home will honor Frank Glass and Grace E. Simons, couple who fought overdevelopment in the area.” Los Angeles Tims. 29 Oct 1992. Print.

 

1991

Shire, Peter, Hunter Drohojowska-Philip, and Norman M. Klein. Tempest in a Teapot: the Ceramic Art of Peter Shire. New York: Rizzoli, 1991.  

 

1990

Stangenes, Sharon. “On The Balance, It’s Furniture With Good Tension.” Chicago Tribune. 8 Apr 1990. Print. 

 

1989

Clothier, Peter. “A Carnival World of Color.” American Ceramics. Vol. 7 Issue 2. Print.

Drohojowska-Philip, Hunter. “The Playground of Modern Desire.” Ceramics Monthly. Jan 1989. Print. 

 

1988

Donohue, Marlena. “Art Review: Peter Shire Spins His Platter Magic at Municipal Gallery Show.” Los Angles Times. 19 Aug 1988. Print.

Hamilton, Denise. “Wizard of Echo Park: Hometown Recognition Finally Comes to Artist-Designed Peter Shire.” Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar 1988. Print. 

Hamilton, Denise. “From teapots to furniture designer Peter Shire expands on fantasy.” The Orlando Sentinel. 30 Apr 1988. Print. 

Brown, Patricia Leigh. “Currents; Teapots, as Meditations On Free-Form Freeways.” The New York Times. 4 Aug 1988. Print. 

Porges, Maria. “Peter Shire: Freeway.” American Craft. Dec/Jan 1988/89. Print. 

Peter Shire: Cermaic Freeways: a Ten Year Teapot Retrospective. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1998. Print. 

Shire, Peter. Don’t Gamble with Love. Los Angeles: Alan Lithograph, Inc., 1988

 

1987

Miller, Daryl. “The Houses That Peter Shire Built.” Daily News of Los Angeles. 15 Feb 1987. Print. 

Byer Robert. “Sculpture by Design.” Artweek. 3 Oct 1987. 

 

1986

Flanagan, Barbara. “SO SAYS Peter Shire: With a Lot of Help From His Friends.” Newsday. 21 Sept 1986. Print. 

 

1985

Chigiotti, Giuseppe. “Fragments of an Architectural Landscape.” Domus. Feb 1985. 

 

1981

“Denise Gale/Peter Shire.” Arts Magazine. Mar 1981. Print. 

Donnell-Kotrozo, C. “Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, Exhibit.” Arts Magazine. Mar 1981. 

McCloud, M. “Eccentric Juxtapositions.” Artweek. 26 Dec 1981. Print. 

 

1980

Glasgow, L. “Peter Shire: Janus Gallery, Venice California: Exhibit.” Ceramics Monthly. Dec 1980. Print. 

Hemmerdinger, W. “Janus Gallery, Los Angeles: Exhibit.” Artweek. 27 Dec 1980. Print. 

Holt, Steven. “The Art of Design.” ARTnews. Apr 1990.

 

1977

“Tea.” Wet Magazine. Feb/Mar 1977. Print. 

 

Museum Collections

 

Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Austin, TX

Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, CA

Colburn Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno, CA

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Judisches Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, CA

Matthew Center Art Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC

Museum of Arts and Design, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, Poland

Newport Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA

Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Sak’s Fifth Avenue Corporation, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA

Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Total Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom