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Postmodern Ceramics

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Postmodern Ceramics provides a stunning international overview of the richness and diversity of ceramic art since c. 1980. Mark Del Vecchio surveys the achievement of over 130 masters of contemporary ceramics from more than twenty-five countries, among them Ralph Bacerra, Adrian Saxe, Betty Woodman, Akio Takamori, and Andrew Lord, analyzing their various approaches by presenting the work in twelve themes: the postmodern look; post-minimalism; pattern and decoration; the multiple vessel; organic abstraction; the ...
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Overview

Postmodern Ceramics provides a stunning international overview of the richness and diversity of ceramic art since c. 1980. Mark Del Vecchio surveys the achievement of over 130 masters of contemporary ceramics from more than twenty-five countries, among them Ralph Bacerra, Adrian Saxe, Betty Woodman, Akio Takamori, and Andrew Lord, analyzing their various approaches by presenting the work in twelve themes: the postmodern look; post-minimalism; pattern and decoration; the multiple vessel; organic abstraction; the real/super-real; history, culture, and time; the image and the vessel; the vessel as image; figural sculpture; abstract sculpture; and post-industrialism. Garth Clark, perhaps the best-known ceramic historian in the world, shows in his Introduction how this great burst of creative energy and innovation provided an escape route from the unconsummated, antagonistic, and demoralizing relationship that had existed between ceramics and modernism.

Complete with illustrated biographies of each of the artists and a detailed bibliography, the book brims with colorful ceramics and provides the depth of information necessary for it to become the standard reference work for professionals and amateurs, makers and collectors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500237878
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,144,086
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 8
1 The Postmodern Look 26
2 Post-Minimalism 40
3 Pattern and Decoration 56
4 The Multiple Vessel 68
5 Organic Abstraction 80
6 The Real/Super-Real 92
7 History, Culture, and Time 104
8 The Image and the Vessel 122
9 The Vessel As Image 132
10 Sculpture: The Figure 146
11 Sculpture: Abstraction 164
12 Post-Industrialism 176
Biographies 192
Bibliography 221
Photo credits 222
Index 223
Acknowledgments 224
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