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Author: Jenni Sorkin

ISBN: 9780226303116
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16 June 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.8
There has been a recent move in art history to reconsider craft practices in light of their relationships to the twentieth-century artistic avant-garde. This book focuses on (1) how ceramics culture evolved in the US when Bauhaus artists and designers emigrated from Europe during the run-up to WWII and (2) the understudied role of women artists in establishing ceramics as a sophisticated medium in the post-War years. No surprise: Black Mountain College is at the heart of much of it. Throughout, Sorkin's concern is how ceramics came to influence what is today called "process art" and performance (for example, Martha Rosler's video Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975). In both, the act of making or producing dominates as "art" over any resulting object. The book centers on three case studies of women who advanced ceramics as an artistic medium in this country: Marguerite Wildenhain, a Bauhaus artist who taught briefly at Black Mountain before starting an important pottery in California called Pond Farm and writing several influential books; M.C. Richards, who taught English at the University of Chicago and then literature and ceramics at Black Mountain College and who collab...

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