“Body & Soul: New International Ceramics” Exhibition

Museum of Arts & Design

poster for “Body & Soul: New International Ceramics” Exhibition

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The Museum will present “Body & Soul: New International Ceramics,” an exhibition featuring the work of 24 international ceramic artists addressing critical social and political issues through figurative sculpture. By way of clay, the figure becomes a catalyst for exploring the impact of contemporary pressures confronting societies today.

In recent years, the human figure has experienced a renaissance among artists around the world. Body & Soul draws attention to the power of the figure to convey strong emotions and to the versatility of ceramics as a medium for artistic expression through works that address societal, political, and personal views. Themes explored in the exhibition include gun violence, bullying, rebellion, sexual abuse, anxiety, and identity. The exhibition will highlight several artists who will be shown in New York for the first time. Many of these artists came to clay as painters, draftsmen, or sculptors. Adopting the medium of clay, they create powerful, engaging, and provocative work each inspired by his or her own experience as a participant or observer of contemporary society and culture.

“The artist with a social conscience who models in clay strives to capture an immediacy and a passion through tactile manipulation. With a focused purpose, he or she creates a specific message of historical or current concern, giving voice to a cause,” said Guest Curator Wendy Tarlow Kaplan. “Body & Soul underscores the ability of the human form to convey intense emotions, and we feel privileged to bring this important work together for the first time, and to address the human condition with raw power and pathos.”



from September 24, 2013 to March 02, 2014

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