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Garth Clark / Edmund DeWaal / Gabi DeWald / Leopold Foulem / Clement Greenberg / Paul Greenhalgh / Tanya Harrod / Janet Koplos / Philip Rawson / Susan Tunick / George Woodman
Softcover, 432 pages, 140 bw, 7 x 9"
Publication Date: February 2006
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Over a period of 20 years, the Ceramic Arts Foundation (CAF) and its affiliates have presented eight conferences of the International Ceramics Symposium (ICS). Dedicated to raising the standards of art history and criticism in ceramics, these events have taken place in Syracuse, New York City, Kansas City, Toronto, London and Amsterdam. They have fundamentally changed the approach of ceramics to its modern history, scholarship and criticism.
Syracuse University hosted the first symposium in 1979 in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition, A Century of Ceramics in the United States 1878-1978, at the Everson Museum of Art. It opened with a keynote address by one of the 20th century’s greatest art critics, Clement Greenberg. The last symposium, Ceramic Millennium: Leadership Congress for the Ceramic Arts, took place in Amsterdam in 1999, attracting 3,500 participants and 65 national delegations while inspiring a Europe-wide arts festival involving 73 museums and galleries.
Noted ceramics scholar Garth Clark, CAF’s founding director, has compiled a significant selection of conference papers that explore and define the concerns, values and historical narratives that have gradually shaped the more confident face of ceramics today. What is most remarkable about this assembly of thoughtful voices is how their discussions remain so relevant and readable in the 21st century. Contributors range from mainstream art and design writers, such as Greenberg, Paul Greenhalgh and George Woodman, to the finest specialty writers on ceramics, including Philip Rawson, Edmund DeWaal, Gabi DeWald, Leopold Foulem, Tanya Harrod, Susan Tunick, Janet Koplos and Garth Clark.