Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio Collection
Author(s): Garth Clark and Cindi Strauss
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 483
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout
As gallerists and collectors, Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio have helped shape the field of ceramics by expanding notions of the medium’s possibilities. This comprehensive catalogue features, for the first time in it’s entirety, their esteemed collection of ceramics, acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2007. These 481 works, produced by leading artists from more than twenty countries, range from functional wares and modern vessels to sculptural works and postmodern objects. Together, they represent major shifts in the techniques and aesthetics of ceramics from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. In compelling essays, Clark relates their experiences in building the collection, and Del Vecchio and other scholars examine the various facets of contemporary ceramics. With detailed entries on 125 featured works, an illustrated checklist of the collection, and biographies of the artists, this book promises to be a touchstone reference.