The Future of Traditional Pottery with Garth Clark

October 20, 2012 – 2 pm | UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union,
2nd Floor, Rooms 223-224.  Free. 
Garth Clark will participate in a
panel discussion moderated by Andrew Glasgow (former executive director
of the American Craft Council). Other panelists will include Mark del
Vecchio (writer and gallerist), Mark Hewitt (potter), Matt Jones
(potter), and Jean Mclaughlin (executive director of the Penland School
of Craft). This event is hosted by UNC Asheville and the Center for
Craft Creativity & Design.  

Clark is considered by many to be one of the great contemporary
critics and writers in the field of ceramics.  South African by birth,
he has lived in the US since the mid nineteen-seventies.  He ran
galleries in LA and NYC with his partner Mark del Vecchio for thirty
years.  He has been a prolific writer and advocate of ceramics in all
its forms, and has lectured all over the world.

Topics for Discussion:

•           Recap of previous two events in Charlotte and Raleigh

•           Education as it relates to makers moving to the region; educational opportunities here and elsewhere

•           Philosophy of the craft of ceramics; what is special about ceramic traditions in WNC

•           Current market issues in our region

From Matt Jones’ blog:

“The following events have been the result of a blog I started a year
ago challenging Garth Clark’s views presented in his provocative
address of 2008 titled “How Art Envy Killed the Craft Movement: An
Autopsy in Two Parts.”  My primary point of course has been that at
least in the state of NC, the craft movement still lives perhaps even
thrives, particularly in the field of ceramics.  Garth will visit to
learn more about our state’s ceramic heritage and inform us about his
view as a critic looking at the challenges that potters and ceramic
artists face in the twenty-first century.  These programs will be lively
and informative for all who work in clay or appreciate and collect
pottery and ceramic art. “

Other Events in the Series:

October 16th at the Mint Museum in Charlotte
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
will deliver the keynote lecture in a symposium called “Traditional
Pottery: Back to the Future,” presented by the Delhom Service League at
the Mint Museum’s Randolph Road location. After Garth’s lecture there
will be ample time for audience participation. The keynote address will
be preceded by shorter presentations by Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and
Charlotte Brown Wainwright.

October 18th at the Gregg Museum in Raleigh
will deliver a lecture on the subject of traditional pottery, its
present and future, and host questions from the audience. This event
will be free of charge and held at the Gregg Museum at NC State
University, located at 2610 Cates Ave, 2nd floor Talley Student Center.

Our Life in Art: Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Confessions of Two Pot Dealers

Photo: Jane Rosemont

Tuesday, August 14, 6 pm
Armory for the Arts Theater
Co-sponsored by Turner Carroll Gallery and Moss Outdoor

Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio are life and business partners
celebrating 33 years together and are considered the leading experts on
modern ceramics today. They founded the Garth Clark Gallery in Los
Angeles in 1981, and added New York in 1983. The gallery soon became the
leading space internationally for modern and contemporary ceramic art,
presenting over six hundred exhibitions. Together they also ran the
non-profit group Ceramic Arts Foundation that has published books,
organized exhibitions and held eight major international conferences of
ceramic art and criticism in Syracuse, Kansas City, London and
Amsterdam. The duo has received numerous awards from the Museum of Arts
and Design, New York, the Kansas City Art Institute and other
institutions. Clark, the author of over sixty books, was made a Fellow
of the Royal College of Art and also was the winner of 2005 Mather Award
for Distinguished Art Journalism from the College Art Association.

As gallerists, scholars, authors, and collectors, Garth Clark and
Mark Del Vecchio have helped shape the field of ceramics by expanding
notions of the medium’s possibilities. Their esteemed collection of
ceramics was given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2007, and is
the subject of a 500-page comprehensive catalogue published this year by
Yale University Press. Clark has just competed two new books, Mind Mud: Ai Weiwei’s Conceptual Ceramics and Lucio Fontana Ceramics.  

The Armory Theater for the Arts in Santa Fe

movie day: Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Interview with Garth Clark and Mark DelVecchio

Cowan’s is pleased to offer the Cowan’s | Clark | Del Vecchio semi-annual auction on June 1, 2012.

This sale will feature a group of rare, early pieces by Michele Oka
Doner as well as a fine selection of works by the late Ralph Bacerra.
Additionally, the sale will offer important pieces by Georges Jeanclos,
Michael Lucero, David Regan, and Akio Takamori.

More info here.

Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection

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Mar 4, 2012 – Jun 3, 2012
Beck Building, Ground Floor
5601 Main Street
New York-based scholars and gallerists Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio have been leaders in the ceramics field for three decades, assembling one of the most important private collections of contemporary ceramics in the world. In 2007, the MFAH acquired the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection of some 475 artworks, as well as the accompanying library and artist archive. Shifting Paradigms presents nearly 160 objects—ceramics and works on paper—from this richly diverse collection, which includes major international figures such as Kenjiro Kawai, Jean-Pierre Laroque, Adrian Saxe, Peter Voulkos, and Beatrice Wood, many of whom are represented in depth, as well as examples by Anthony Caro, Lucio Fontana, Claes Oldenburg, and Grayson Perry. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, copublished by the MFAH and Yale University Press.

Shartle Symposium “Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics”
Saturday March 3rd, 1pm-5pm Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection. Welcome and Opening Remarks | Cindi Strauss, MFAH assistant director, programming; curator, modern and contemporary decorative arts and design; organizing curator of the exhibition Sealed Capsule | Garth Clark, scholar, gallerist, and collector
Is the 20th-century ceramics movement over? In the 21st century, is ceramics a fully accepted fine-arts material but no longer an autonomous discipline? If so, is this a good thing? Garth Clark examines a turning point in this millennia-old medium. On Conscripting Mugs and Other Ceramics into Life’s Battles for Independence | Ezra Shales, associate professor of art history, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
In the field of ceramics, a distinction is often made between “functional” objects and “art” objects—a binary opposition that is both reductive and misleading. Ezra Shales critiques the validity of the term “functional” and investigates how drinking vessels remain key tools in the assertion of one’s identity. SHORT BREAK The Well-Wrought Urn | Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor, contemporary art and critical studies, School of Art, University of Houston
This talk reconsiders Garth Clark’s groundbreaking exhibition American Ceramics, 1876 to the Present against the backdrop of mid-20th-century formalism, in particular Cleanth Brooks’s The Well-Wrought Urn (1947), Herbert Read’s criticism on modern sculpture, and the Syracuse Annuals exhibition series. From Postmodernism to Postindustrialism | Jorunn Veiteberg, professor of curatorial studies and craft theory, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
A re-evaluation of the decorative and a reuse of historical forms were central to ceramics in the 1980s, the key decade of Postmodernism. But what has happened since? Are contemporary ceramics still Postmodern, or have new paradigmatic shifts taken place? Panel Discussion | Mark Del Vecchio joins the speakers. Moderated by Cindi Strauss. Reception | The audience is invited to a wine reception with the speakers in the lobby of the Beck Building, and to view the exhibition.