DISQUIET IN CLAY
by Brook S. Mason
San Francisco artist Ron Nagle
, 72, who creates small disquieting sculptures in clay, last week became a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters along with such contemporary art-world heavyweights as James Turrell
and Cy Twombly
. Nagle, whose work defies traditional boundaries between ceramics and painting and sculpture, was honored with the Arts and Letters Award in Art.