Contemporary British Ceramics and the Influence of Sculpture: Monuments, Multiples, Destruction and Display

1st Edition

Laura Gray

Routledge
Published December 13, 2017
Reference - 134 Pages
ISBN 9781138054295 - CAT# Y331094
Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

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Summary

This book investigates how British contemporary artists who work with clay have managed, in the space of a single generation, to take ceramics from niche-interest craft to the pristine territories of the contemporary art gallery. This development has been accompanied (and perhaps propelled) by the kind of critical discussion usually reserved for the 'higher' discipline of sculpture. Ceramics is now encountering and colliding with sculpture, both formally and intellectually. Laura Gray examines what this means for the old hierarchies between art and craft, the identity of the potter, and the character of a discipline tied to a specific material but wanting to participate in critical discussions that extend far beyond clay.

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