Ceramic Sculpture Six Artists by Suzanne Foley

By Suzanne Foley

Catalog of an exhibition of an identical identify held on the Whitney Museum of yank artwork, Dec. nine, 1981-Feb. 7, 1982, and hence on the San Francisco Museum of contemporary artwork. Works by way of Peter Voulkos, John Mason, Kenneth expense, Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, and Richard Shaw

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The conscience suggested by the title indicates the inner sense of right and wrong, while the word consciousness points to the state of being aware of one’s own existence that is perhaps heightened during the destruction of the work. Yet this is no senseless destruction, instead the work seems more redolent of a sense of individual human enquiry as the foot and weight of the body is shifted onto the delicate china tile. The effect of so many feet ground the tiles to dust, a material subsequently used by Twomey, which is possessed of strong associations with ephemerality, memory and loss.

Issue 17, Autumn 2009 Moore, Gregg. 5. , Issue 17, Autumn 2009 2 Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions 1962-1978, MOMA New York, 21 September 2011 – 16 January 2012 3 Give & Take, Serpentine Gallery, London, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 30 January – 1 April 2001 42 4 Chapter Two Neil Cummings interviewed by Janet A. Kaplan, ‘Give & Take Conversations’, Art Journal, Summer 2002, p. 75 5 Dropping the Urn: Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE – 2010 CE, Victoria and Albert Museum London, 15 October 2011 – 18 March 2012 6 Gregg Moore and Richard Torchia, ‘Doing ceramics’, Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn; Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE – 2010 CE, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, 2010, p.

That could not happen to the objects kept in trust for the public by the V&A. By bringing traces of overt destruction into the museum space, the museum reawakens not only the value we place on the objects in the museum but also our awareness of the museum’s unique role in preserving them. It presents us with the possibility of the alternative. Finally, let us turn to a project in which the museum in question apparently did do the unthinkable – offer up the objects in its collection to an artist, for potential destruction.

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