The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art

The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art
The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art


Linda Leonard Schlenger has amassed one of the country's most valuable collections of contemporary ceramics over the last 25 years. This exhibition features over 80 Schlenger collection objects by leading 20th-century ceramists — including John Mason, Jim Melchert, Kenneth Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos — alongside works by artists such as Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Edward Ruscha in other media from the permanent collection of Yale University Art Gallery.

Though critically praised within the studio-craft community, only now are works by these ceramicists being recognized as central to the wider field of contemporary art. By interspersing these exceptional examples of the medium with other objects from this period, including painting , sculpture, and paper works, this exhibition aims at re-examining the position of post-war ceramic sculpture in contemporary art, highlighting the formal, historical, and theoretical affinities between the works on view.

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