The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art

Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery

Sequoia Miller; With an essay by John Stuart Gordon

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This lushly illustrated volume is the first comprehensive examination of postwar ceramic sculpture alongside other fine art of the period. The catalogue features more than 80 objects by leading 20th-century ceramicists, including John Mason, Ken Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos. Essays consider the art in connection with renowned paintings, sculptures in other media, and works on paper, by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Ed Ruscha. Juxtaposing ceramics with non-ceramic works, both visually and conceptually, and examining the visual, historical, and theoretical affinities among the objects, the authors demonstrate that the finest ceramics share the formal sophistication of the most celebrated artworks of the postwar period. As ceramics increasingly are recognized as integral to the wider field of contemporary art, this book offers new opportunities for understanding this important medium.  

Sequoia Miller is a studio potter and doctoral student in the History of Art Department at Yale University. John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. 


Yale University Art Gallery

“[A] hefty catalog . . . support[s] the curators’ contention that ceramic sculptures should be fully integrated into the canon of modern and contemporary fine art.”—Susan Hodara, New York Times
ISBN: 9780300214406
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Yale University Art Gallery
192 pages, 9 1/4 x 12
139 color illus.
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