Deborah Butterfield
P.S. These are not horses
Deborah Butterfield / 
John, 1984 / 
Found steel, welded / 
82 x 88 x 32 in / 
The Fine Arts Collection, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Gift of Edward Nicoll and Helen Kent-Nicoll / 
© 2023 Deborah Butterfield / 
Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / 
Photo: Muzi Rowe
Manetti Shrem Museum
Davis, CA
1 Oct 2023 - 24 Jun 2024

artist profile

"For more than 50 years, Deborah Butterfield (’71, M.F.A. ’73) has explored the horse — both its form and presence. And yet, Deborah Butterfield: P.S. These are not horses encourages viewers to understand her sculpture as more than representations of the equine world. Taken from the closing line of a poem by Butterfield’s mentor, William T. Wiley, the title emphasizes the sculptor’s commitment to abstraction and her profound investment in material experimentation. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition in California since 1996, P.S. These are not horses surveys Butterfield’s career from her most recent wildfire sculptures to rare early works including ceramics made while a student at UC Davis."


Roth, David M. "Deborah Butterfield @ Manetti Shrem." Square Cylinder. 7 Jan 2024.
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Pardini, Jennifer Massoni. "The Manetti Shrem Museum Honors Deborah Butterfield and Clint Reilly with the Margrit Mondavi Arts Medallion." Nob Hill Gazette. 27 Nov 2023.
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