The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, May 25, 2018

Major solo exhibition of ceramic work by artist Julian Stair opens at Somerset House
Stair is a potter and writer who specialises in commissions and site-specific installations.

LONDON.- Quietus: the vessel, death and the human body is a major solo exhibition of ceramic work by the celebrated artist, Julian Stair, addressing the containment of the human body in death.

The exhibition, on show at London’s Somerset House from 4 December 2013 – 26 January 2014, will be on display in the atmospheric subterranean venues of the Lightwell and Deadhouse in the South Wing. It features a series of artist-made funerary works, from cinerary jars to life-size sarcophagi, drawing upon the symbolic language of ceramic vessels and offering an alternative means of engaging with this challenging subject.

Stair is a potter and writer who specialises in commissions and site-specific installations. His work is well known for its subtle palette of greys, reds and white, as well as its variety of scale - from domestic to monumental. At the core of Stair’s practice is the belief that pottery, as one of the oldest mediums, can encapsulate the most complex of ideas, through elegant simplicity.

For Stair, this exhibition has both a universal, and deeply personal significance. In one piece the ashes of a friend’s remains are incorporated into a single matt-white vessel, blending the core materials to create a bone-china that is speckled and unique. The metaphor of the vessel as ‘body’ has been prominent throughout much of ceramic history, these containers of death and the deceased become a challenging, but ultimately uplifting way to engage with the emotionally charged issues of death, loss, and the life that precedes both.

Quietus will be on display at Somerset House from 4 December 2013 – 26 January 2014. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Julian Stair was born in Bristol in 1955 to a family of artists and writers. He took up pottery at 16 and went on to study at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1981. During this time he was assistant to Scott Marshall in St Just, Cornwall, one of Bernard Leach’s last apprentices. He has always balanced studio practice with writing and in 2002 completed a PhD researching the origins of studio pottery and its relationship to modernism, Critical Writing on English Studio Pottery: 1910 – 1940.

He is currently Principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster and a co-investigator for the AHRC funded project Ceramics in the Expanded Field: Behind the Scenes in the Museum. He is also an artistic contributor to the HERA funded project, Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA). Julian has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years and has work in numerous public collections. In 2004 he was awarded the European Achievement Award by the World Crafts Council for his monumental work, first shown at the launch of Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects held at the V&A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was Deputy Chair of the Crafts Council. He lives and works in South London.

Today's News

December 4, 2013

Skull find shows young women were sacrificed in China more than 4,000 years ago

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei commissioned to create new site-specific works on Alcatraz Island

Artcurial Impressionist & Modern Art sale establishes records for works by Aristide Maillol

A building dating to the Hasmonean Period was discovered in excavations in the City of David

Christie's London Evening Sale of Old Master & British Paintings realises $35.8 million

Detroit Institute of Arts statement regarding City of Detroit's eligibility to file for bankruptcy

Resnicks loan Renaissance masterpiece to Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Christie's New York to offer rare first edition of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica

"Harry handcuff Houdini": A magical auction of ephemera at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

Ryan O'Neal defends taking ex-lover's Warhol picture in University of Texas lawsuit

Sotheby's London to auction a unique and personal charm bracelet based on designs by J.K. Rowling

Morphy's Dec. 13-14 holiday auction lineup includes antique toys, marbles, banks, robots & space toys

Swann Galleries to auction selections from the restituted Julius Paul Collection of Posters

Major solo exhibition of ceramic work by artist Julian Stair opens at Somerset House

BP Portrait Award 2014 competition opens as BP shows its support for 25th year

Top skaters team up with legendary recording artists to benefit at-risk youth

National Museum of Natural History receives $1 million to increase global access to endangered languages

Israel Museum presents its Winter exhibition season showcasing Israeli and international Contemporary art

Hasselblad debuts state of the art Stellar and Lunar cameras at Art Basel Miami

SMU's National Center for Arts Research Releases first report on health of nonprofit arts industry

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful