Exhibition brings together 7 artists who exemplify a painterly approach to the ceramic medium

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, June 22, 2024

Exhibition brings together 7 artists who exemplify a painterly approach to the ceramic medium
Kathy Butterly, Adapting Form, 2022. Porcelain, earthenware, glaze, 7 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. 19.7 x 18.4 x 16.5 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting Painting in the Dark, a group exhibition on view at 52 Walker Street from June 23 to August 5. Curated by Glenn Adamson and Kathy Butterly, this exhibition brings together seven artists, spanning more than a century, who exemplify a painterly approach to the ceramic medium. Participating artists include Hugh Robertson (1845-1908), Rudy Staffel (1911-2002), Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011), Rose Cabat (1914-2015), Tony Marsh (b. 1954), Marit Tingleff (b. 1954), and Kathy Butterly (b. 1963). Adamson has written a critical essay to accompany the exhibition.

Ceramics is, among other things, a means of painting in three dimensions. It affords possibilities of polychrome, mark-making, and layering, just like oil or acrylic on canvas. Yet there’s an important difference for ceramic artists: they do not see the finished surface, the effects of glazes and other materials in combination, until their work is fired in the kiln. This technical feature of the medium – a hiatus between the application of color and its realization – means that painting, in ceramic, is always to some degree a matter of chance operations.

Painting in the Dark explores this fascinating aspect of the ceramic medium: the relationship between intention and accident. While each of the artists in this exhibition embodies a painterly approach to this art form, their sensibilities range from the volcanic to the serene, the vividly experimental to the perfectly resolved. Each, in their own way, achieved a fusion of surface and form that could not be approximated in any other discipline.

The earliest figure included in the exhibition is Hugh Robertson (1845-1908), an English-trained potter who settled in the Boston area in the 1860s and was a leading light of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. He was inspired to the point of obsession by historic Chinese wares – particularly those with a deep red “oxblood” glaze, a secret he labored for years to reproduce. The selection of his works in Painting in the Dark is drawn from two of the most significant private collections of Arts and Crafts material in the USA.

Three artists active in the post-1945 era – Rudy Staffel (1911-2002), Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011), and Rose Cabat (1914-2015) – suggest the variety of approaches to abstraction that flourished in American ceramics of this period. Rudy Staffel is best known for his “light gatherers,” vessels made in translucent porcelain that blaze into ethereal glory when illuminated. While these works are created in monochrome white, a closer look at his oeuvre shows him to be one of the great colorists in ceramic history. He exploited the translucency of porcelain to create abstraction in depth, the variable thickness of the vessel walls summoning shadowy expressionistic form. A lesserknown aspect of his practice is the use of pigments in a range of hues – pinks, blues, and yellows. In their diaphanous, stain-like effects, these works suggest comparisons to contemporaneous color field painting.

Toshiko Takaezu was the prime exponent of Abstract Expressionism in ceramics. While her signature “closed forms” synthesized many different trajectories of thinking, including historic East Asian precedents, they were above all an opportunity to paint in the round. Takaezu masterfully articulated her expansive circular “canvases” – scroll-like compositions, without beginning or end – with an expansive vocabulary of splashing, brushwork, and pouring, employing oxides and glazes of her own devising. In some of her best works, veils of superimposed color create a sense of infinite depth, seeming to coalesce within the profundity of the pot.

Rose Cabat was a singular figure in midcentury ceramics: a miniaturist who concentrated her energies on tiny pots that she called “feelies” that could be held in the palm of the hand. Cabat was yet another self-taught glaze chemist, who built up a huge palette of colors and textures over time; each of her pieces is somewhat like a single brushstroke within an ongoing pointillist composition.

Three contemporary artists included in Painting in the Dark suggest the range of painterly exploration currently unfolding in the discipline. The work of Tony Marsh (b. 1954) seems to have been not so much made as unleashed. Painting in the Dark features his aptly titled series Neo-Crucibles, an allusion to the vessels in which chemists (and before them, alchemists) bring about their reactions. The works are indeed compounds of color and texture, simultaneously recalling geological specimens and modernist collages.

Marsh’s contemporary Marit Tingleff (b. 1954) works at spectacularly large scale, making full use of this arena of action, covering the surface with coursing rivulets of glaze. In terms of format, Tingleff ’s work is the most explicitly painting-like of the works included here, yet its weight and assertive materiality clearly establishes its medium-specific character.

While Kathy Butterly (b. 1963) is widely celebrated for her polymorphous sculptural shapes, this exhibition context places particular emphasis on her use of color. Informed by her deep interest in historical and contemporary painting, her works are often like canvases that have been furled and manipulated, forming compositionally complex, internally relational topologies.

Taken as a whole, Painting in the Dark provides viewers with an intense and sensually gratifying aesthetic experience, while also making clear that the discipline of ceramics, so often marginalized in the past, has played a crucial part in the history of painterly abstraction.

Today's News

June 28, 2022

Steve Tobin "Rooted" takes hold at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

dan guz man opens "The Rise of the Observed" at Armario916: Interview part II

A grand old art fair returns, to a world that has changed

The Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza opens an exhibition devoted to the first American abstract art movement, Synchromism

Pace Gallery and David Kordansky Gallery announce that artist Sam Gilliam passed away

Redesign around Notre-Dame to keep tourists moving and lower temperatures

Chrysler Museum of Art launches major capital campaign

National Gallery of Art acquires works by Genesis Tramaine and Rashid Johnson

Accola Griefen Fine Art now representing JoAnne McFarland

Nahmad Contemporary opens 'The Painter's New Tools', an exhibition organized by Eleanor Cayre and Dean Kissick

Spectacular Tiffany Studios lamp sells for record $541K at Morphy's June 8-10 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction

Colourists enjoy island life as Scottish women find favour

Clarke Auction Gallery will offer strong variety across the board July 10

HackelBury Fine Art opens an exhibition of new work by Doug and Mike Starn

Exhibition brings together 7 artists who exemplify a painterly approach to the ceramic medium

Henry S. Kim selected as new director of Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum

Almine Rech opens a solo exhibition by artist Gordon Cheung featuring new works

A triumphant TEFAF returns as collectors flock to Maastricht on the opening weekend

Sunil Gupta's 'Pretended' Family Relationships photo series acquired by the Museum of London

Rare stereo copy of Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin' with since-deleted tracks tops the pops in Heritage's July music auction

P·P·O·W opens "Made to Be Broken" curated by Corey Durbin

Detroit Institute of Arts names Jennifer Snyder as its first Chief Digital Officer

Heritage's Historical Platinum Auction in July, spanning centuries of human achievement, is one for the ages

Rattan Craftsmanship: Why Is It so Popular?

This Is How You Search for the Right Kind of Online Casino

Some Of The Trendy Hair Looks For Teenagers And Women's

Stand Out Like A Diva With These Stylish Eyewear Options

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
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
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 Parroquia Natividad del Señor
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