Showing posts from December, 2015

Merry Christmas! - Christmas and Holiday Art

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy this specially curated selection of Christmas and holiday art that celebrates the Season. There is art from the Medieval period to the Modern Contemporary. Enjoy and thank you for following me.  

Sylvie Fleury, Here Comes Santa / Bells, 2003 from Salon 94 on Vimeo.

Assemble - The 2015 Turner Prize Winners

This year the 2015 Turner Prize went to the art collective Assemble. Assemble mixes art,architecture, design and social practice to rehabilitate run down spaces. Their work embraces the DIY aesthetic to engage the community and save a neighborhood from demolition.

Ceramic Artists Reflect a New Sculptural Shift

About 5 years ago I noticed a shift in the sculptural paradigm that has dominated contemporary art for the last 100 years. The last 100 years or so, contemporary art has been dominated by the ready-made Duchampian approach to sculpture where the artists would find something and then the artists would make that object into a work of art. Artist began making ceramic sculpture. Ceramics have always been associated with utility and design.

However, artists such as Peter Voulkos, John Mason and Ken Price were creating compelling ceramic works that broke that association. Ken Price's ceramic sculpture held a prominent presence in the Los Angeles art scene. Peter Voulkos bought a new approach to ceramics by bringing to it the sensibilities of Abstract Expressionism. Curators, museums and galleries began to take notice. Outside of Los Angeles, in the City of Pomona, the American Museum of Ceramic Art opened it's doors in 2004. Ken Price's retrospective at the Los Angeles County Mu…