American ceramics, 1876 to the present /

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Main Author: Clark, Garth, 1947-
Format: Book
Published:New York : Abbeville Press, c1987.
Edition:Rev. ed.
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A revised edition of Clark's A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978 (1979), this book has been expanded to refine definitions and judgments made ten years ago. The text is divided into two parts. The first is a historical account presented by decade, beginning with the US ceramics of painted china shown at the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 through 1987. Excellent black-and-white and color photographs accompany a concise text, clearly showing the character and breadth of ware produced during each period. Part 2 includes notes, a chronology of events selected to record the influences that surounded the ceramic-art movement from 1876 to 1987, and a biographical section of artists included. Although some entries give only a brief introduction to the artists, most of the key artists of each period are described, discussed, and critically analyzed. Clark provides an overview of how American ceramics emerged from the art-pottery movement of the late 19th century to its present position of international acclaim. As to the works of the '80s, Clark suggests that they not be viewed in the "fine-art" sense but as decorative art, and notes the growing trend toward examining the fine and decorative arts as equal but separate elements. -M. Negoro, University of Connecticut

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

American ceramics have made a quantum leap in status and marketability since Clark published his path-breaking survey A Century of Ceramics in the United States (1979). This greatly expanded and revised update includes scores of beautiful new illustrations. Proceeding decade by decade, Clark's brisk narrative spotlights strong personalities who left their personal stamp on ceramics. In addition to Louis Tiffany, we meet, for example, George Ohr, ``the mad potter of Biloxi'' whose weird, ruffled forms anticipated modern verbal/visual juxtapositions by over half a century, and Beatrice Wood, who rejected perfectionistic standards to create ``art pottery'' with the luster of Roman glass. On the contemporary scene, Mary Frank's fiery Lovers is at the opposite pole from Super-Objects of the conceptualists; a different tack is taken by Michael Lucero in his glazed, painted-in-the-round fantasy, Lunar Life Dreamer. There are uncountable riches in this treasure-trove of an album. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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