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2012 ceramic shows in NYC


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									List of ceramics-related exhibitions/gallery shows/installations on view January 2012; most people are
aware of the major shows and sales, but here are some others worth seeing.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Recently installed in the American Wing at the Met (located on the balcony and mezzanine of the
Charles Engelhard Courtyard):

          A number of examples from the recent gift of Emma and Jay Lewis are now installed throughout
          the balcony.

          Four important ceramic works on extended loan from the American Folk Art Museum, New York.

          A case devoted exclusively to Chinese Export Porcelain, including important examples with early
          histories in America.

          The Ellison Collection of American Art Pottery is on view on the mezzanine balcony.

The recently opened Islamic Art galleries, called the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia,
and Later South Asia, feature many ceramic works throughout the new installation.


White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (December 13, 2011, through
April 29, 2012)

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

The Portico Gallery for Decorative Arts and Sculpture opens in late December with an inaugural
exhibition of works drawn from Henry Arnhold's promised gift of 131 examples of Meissen porcelain
from the early years of this Royal Manufactory's production. On view through April 29, 2012, White Gold:
Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain will feature approximately seventy of these
objects, presented along with a group of eighteenth-century sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740–
1828). Among the latter works is the full-length terracotta Diana the Huntress, a signature work at the
Frick that returns to view having been recently cleaned and treated. It finds a permanent home in the
new portico gallery, while the ongoing display of other sculptures and ceramics will rotate periodically.

Michael Fujita: Sightlines (January 19 - February 16, 2012) Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19th,

Greenwich House Pottery, the Jane Hartsook Gallery
16 Jones Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014

This exhibition features sculptures with architectural components placed within/alongside/juxtaposed
the architecture of the gallery. It is influenced by the observations of the commonplace as seen in his
daily life, the embodied experience, the space between himself and his horizon. "Inspired by
observations and materials found in the urban landscape, Sightlines is an offering of objects that are
reinterpretations of the landscape." - Michael Fujita
Michael Fujita is currently on the faculty of Greenwich House Pottery and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia
where he is serving his fifth year as resident artist. Before completing his MFA from Alfred University in
2008, he received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute.

Conversations in Clay, West Meets East: A Collector's Perspective (November 16, 2011 - January 21,

Joan B Mirviss LTD
39 East 78th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10075

For the first time since Joan B. Mirviss LTD began representing Japanese ceramics in the mid '80s,
Western artists will be presented together with their Japanese counterparts in this intimate exhibit
entitled Conversations in Clay – West Meets East: A Collector's Perspective. The show, curated by
Steven Korff in collaboration with Joan Mirviss, finds its inspiration in Korff's integrated collection
of ceramic art that includes important artists from both backgrounds, from Hamada Shôji to Hans
Coper, Carlo Zauli to Akiyama Yô.

Korff's interest in ceramic art started when as a young man, he began acquiring the work of
Western ceramist, particularly those in the abstract expressionist tradition. As his exposure to
ceramic art expanded, he became intrigued by the simplicity, duality and spirit of Japanese
ceramics. The work of Kamoda Shôji in particular drew his eye more than a decade ago, and it was
this interest that led him to Joan B. Mirviss and her expertise in Japanese modern and
contemporary ceramic art. Brought together by their mutual passion for the clay medium, Korff
and Mirviss combine their extensive understanding of ceramic art in the West and the East to
present this unique perspective on the relationship between the two traditions. The Western
examples come entirely from Mr. Korff's collection, the Japanese works are from Joan B. Mirviss
LTD and all are available for purchase.

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds (January 7 – February 4, 2012)

Mary Boone Gallery
On view at 541 West 24 Street, NY, NY

On 7 January 2012 the Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Chelsea location Sunflower
Seeds, an installation by world-renowned artist and human rights activist AI WEIWEI.
Seen for the first time in New York, Sunflower Seeds, as in the related Installation that
debuted at the Tate Modern in London in October 2010, is a field comprised of millions
(five tons) of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds. Each actual-size seed is unique and
intricately hand-formed and painted by artisans in the historic porcelain-producing city of
Jingdezhen in northern Jiangxi, China.

The sunflower, with its destiny to follow the sun, became a common metaphor for The
People during China’s Cultural Revolution. At the same time, the seeds of the flower
provided sustenance at all levels of society, and the ubiquitous discarded husks provided
evidence of an individual’s existence. Ai Weiwei demonstrates that a staggering quantity of
individual seeds may produce a deceptively unified field. The work is a commentary on
social, political and economic issues pertinent to contemporary China: the role of the
individual versus the masses, and China’s long history of labor-intensive production and

Sunflower Seeds is on view at 541 West 24 Street through 4 February 2012. For further
information, please contact Ron Warren at the Gallery, or visit our website


Betty Woodman, Roman Fresco/Pleasures and Places (December 8, 2011 – January 21, 2012)

Salon 94 Bowery
243 Bowery
New York, NY
(212) 979-0001

The noted ceramicist originally created this brightly colored meditation on classical antiquity for the
American Academy in Rome. Indeed, the city and its storied heritage served as the inspiration for this
work, which combines canvas painted in Woodman's update of traditional Roman fresco style with vase-
shaped objects in glazed clay.

Kindred Spirits, Native American Influences on 20th Century Art (October 29, 2011 through January 28,

Peter Blum Soho
99 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
T: (212) 343-0441

The exhibition features works of indigenous peoples from the Southwest region of the United States of
America that illustrate their strong and often neglected influence on Modern and Contemporary art.
Funerary vessels, paintings, pottery, weavings, and baskets from fourteen tribes including the Apache,
Hopi, Mimbres, Navajo, and Zuni are exhibited alongside Modern and Contemporary works by artists
such as Josef Albers, Max Ernst, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock (see complete list
below), illustrating the profound inspiration these artists found in the desert landscapes and Native
American cultures of the Southwest.

Iconic photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, Sumner Matteson, Paul Strand and Adam Clark
Vroman are on view as well, providing both a historical and geographical framework for the objects and
artworks. Also on display is the full six-volume set of the legendary publication, Historical and Statistical
Information, Respecting the History, Conditions and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States by
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft published between 1847 and 1857. Additionally, a selection of important mid-
nineteenth century books by George Catlin and illustrations by Karl Bodmer, which were among the first
publications to illustrate and document Native American life give further insight and reference.

Contemporary artists Andrea Geyer/Simon J. Ortiz and Nicholas Galanin offer reflection on the social
and political significance of the Native American peoples and how these factors have shaped their
artwork. Works by the following tribes and artists are included in the exhibition:

Apache, Arapaho, Acoma, Cayuse, Havasupai, Hopi, Mimbres, Navajo, Panamint, Pueblo,Sioux, Yavapai,
Zia, Zuni

Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Karl Hillers, Lee Marmon, Sumner Matteson, Paul Strand, Adam Clark

Josef Albers, Max Ernst, Helmut Federle, Nicholas Galanin, Andrea Geyer/Simon J. Ortiz, Agnes Martin,
Georgia O’Keeffe, Bruce Nauman, Jackson Pollock, Charles Simonds

Fausto Melotti: Sculpture and Ceramics (November 17, 2011 - February 4, 2012)

Barbara Mathes Gallery
22 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
tel: 212-570-4190

Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "Fausto Melotti: Sculpture and
Ceramics." The exhibition will feature the artist's signature metal sculptures, as well as a selection of his
rarely seen polychrome ceramics of the fifties and sixties.

Though Melotti's art has received renewed interest in recent years, his work in ceramics—one of his
foremost artistic preoccupations for the duration of his career—has often been overlooked. Melotti
belonged to a generation of Italian artists that sought to revive traditional techniques of ceramic
craftsmanship. These artists viewed the medium as an indigenous art form whose ancient Roman and
Etruscan origins represented a direct link to Italy's golden age. Besides Melotti, other luminaries of the
Italian avant-garde such as his good friend Lucio Fontana, Arturo Martini and Marino Marini, pursued
ceramic practices with the same creative energies they applied to more traditional fine art materials.
Melotti's first experiences as a ceramist occurred in 1929 after meeting the renowned architect,
designer, writer, and ceramics enthusiast, Gio Ponti, who at that time was the artistic director for the
Ricardo Ginori ceramic and porcelain manufactory. Melotti assisted Ponti with the execution of several
of his designs, and the collaboration marked the beginning of his twenty-year relationship with the firm.
While he would continue to work with ceramics for his entire career, his most concentrated involvement
with the medium came in the aftermath of World War II. After discovering that his studio had been
destroyed in the bombardment of Milan, he renewed his practice by renting out a kiln, thus initiating a
fifteen-year period in which he only produced ceramics and terracotta sculptures. The objects in this
exhibition date from this prolific period, when his work as a ceramist earned him numerous exhibitions
and awards. With their searing palette and boldly undulating volumes, these objects reveal a side of
Melotti that will shock viewers accustomed to his ethereal, filamentous sculptures in brass and gold.
These unexpected contrasts in Melotti's art will be on full display in this exhibition. A selection of
sculptures from the sixties and seventies complement the ceramics, demonstrating the breadth of his
practice. In his final decades, Melotti dematerialized his sculpture into a unique form of drawing in space.
These works possess a joyous and lyrical quality while retaining an exacting sense of balance and pacing.
When seen alongside the ceramics, a more complete portrait of the in space. These works possess a
joyous and lyrical quality while retaining an exacting sense of balance and pacing. When seen alongside
the ceramics, a more complete portrait of the artist emerges, one that shows him equally invested in
fine art and craft, line and volume, color and form.

Barbara Mathes Gallery is located at 22 East 80th Street. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10
am to 6 pm; and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information or images, please contact Marie Kim at
(212) 570-4190, or at
Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin (January 27–August 12, 2012)

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin features fifteen iconic works by nineteenth-century French master
Auguste Rodin, selected from the Museum's collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone and shown
alongside eight of her own large-scale porcelain sculptures. The exhibition, Kneebone’s first major
museum presentation, will highlight the artists’ shared interest in the representation of mourning,
ecstasy, death, and vitality in figurative sculpture. The pairing also offers a visual comparison of the two
sculptors’ materials and processes. Kneebone’s intricately wrought artworks, simultaneously pristine
and agitated, contain allusions to Michelangelo, Gianlorenzo Bernini, and Louise Bourgeois. Integrating
recognizable human forms with odd mutations, they provide a stark contrast to Rodin’s dark, more-
concrete, yet equally animated bronzes. Whereas Rodin cast his sculpture, Kneebone creates unique
artworks that she fires in a small kiln in her studio, often in sections to be assembled later. The
centerpiece of the exhibition, The Descent (2008), is Kneebone’s largest work to date. It was inspired by
Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, as was Rodin’s masterpiece The Gates of Hell (1880–1917). The
London-based Kneebone was born in 1973 in Oxfordshire, England, and Rodin (1840–1917) was born in

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