ArtMiami Posting - CLAY/CERAMICS in Miami 2103 - photographic day-by-day diary showing the integration of clay/ceramics into the fair scene. By sifting through the multiple shows to review how this material is gaining recognition, it is clear that ceramic artworks fall into multiple categories simultaneously - art/design/decorative arts - and is no longer segregated by placement in specialized markets or shown exclusively by specialized dealers.
Fine artists are now embracing the material as one of many mediums they use to express ideas using ceramic ready-mades, found objects, outsourcing and their own hands/kilns in private studio. The material is no longer the sole domain of trained ceramicists and results are surprising, challenging and vary in quality. Long term values of ceramic works by these artists will be interesting to watch as the recognized media established masters of the post war generation passes and their works gain in price while the collections assembled in the 80’s and 90’s are de-accessed.
It is clear that categorization and market strength is based on intent/context of the artist/designer/sculptor/potter and their gallerist/curator/showdirector. But, in the end, it is up to the viewer/collector/curator to place the selected works within a preferred system of categorization/collection/presentation. In other words - and this filter is more about words than it is about any individual artworks - determining quality in ceramics/clay is in the eye of the beholder.
Art Miami - the biggest of the satellites - lots to sift through - primary and secondary material all media.
Eduardo Sarabia at Other Criteria, Londo, Art Miami
Note from Peter Held, Eduardo Sarabia is scheduled for an exhibition Spring 2014 at Arizona State University, Tempe.
Tim Berg and Reekah Myers at Dean Project, Miami; Art Miami
Jesse Small, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NY; Art Miami
Richard Notkin, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; Art Miami
Viola Frey, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NY; Art Miami
Robert Arneson, Allan Stone Gallery, NY; Art Miami
Beth Katelman, Todd Merrill; NY; Art Miami
Kang Hyo Lee, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; Art Miami
Marcelo Segall, Gallery for Fine Art; Art Miami