Project Type: 2019

BOUKE DE VRIES: War & Pieces | North America Tour

BOUKE DE VRIES: War & Pieces | North America Tour

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BOUKE DE VRIES | WAR & PIECES


Exhibiting  Internationally  |  2012 – Present

 

War & Pieces is Bouke de Vries’ contemporary interpretation of the decorative sculptures that adorned 17th- and 18th-century banqueting tables.

War & Pieces is currently traveling North America in its extensive tour, landing at its sixth US location in 2022. The installation has been exhibited at venues in Europe and Asia, beginning in 2012 at the Holburne Museum in Bath, England with support from the Arts Council of Great Britain. At each venue, de Vries works with the curators and the collection by responding to the region and its history and interacting with the interior settings. In some venues, he was able to add to the installation using relevant objects from the collection, as at Charlottenburg Palace, which was looted in the Seven Years’ War and almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, adding a special meaning to this era-spanning work.


WAR & PIECES


ON VIEW

This spring, the Lightner Museum’s grand ballroom gallery will be transformed by a dramatic ceramic centerpiece created from thousands of fragments of white porcelain.

War & Pieces is an eight-meter (26-foot) installation by Dutch-born artist Bouke de Vries inspired by the sophisticated figural centerpieces that decorated eighteenth-century European rulers’ banqueting tables. Displayed during the dessert course on special occasions, these figures first made of sugar and later increasingly porcelain, told stories or conveyed political messages to the diners.

Bouke de Vries draws on such traditions in his modern centerpiece, arranged around the mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion whose force appears to have turned the entire table into a wasteland. Battle rages across this heap of shards old and new, fought by myriad miniature figures with conventional arms. Jesus on the cross and the Chinese Buddhist goddess of compassion, Guanyin, watch over the death and destruction.

WAR & PIECES | ON VIEW


At The Lightner Museum

MORE ON BOUKE DE VRIES


VIEW MORE BY BOUKE DE VRIES HERE

Born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Bouke de Vries studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and Central St Martin’s, London. After working with John Galliano, Stephen Jones, and Zandra Rhodes, he switched careers and studied ceramics conservation and restoration at West Dean College. He has been a full-time studio artist based in London since 2010.

Bouke de Vries, “War & Pieces”, detail

WAR & PIECES | TOUR SCHEDULE


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EUROPEAN LOCATIONS


Harley Gallery | UK | 2018

Berrington Hall | UK | 2017

Gemeente Museum | Netherlands | 2015–6

Castle d’Ursel | Belgium | 2015

Chateau de Nyon | Switzerland | 2014–5

Yingge Ceramics Museum | Taiwan | 2014

Charlottenburg Palace | Germany | 2013

Whitespace | Netherlands | 2013

Alnwick Castle | UK | 2013

Charlottenburg Palace | Germany | 2013

The Holburne Museum | UK | 2012

WAR & PIECES


PAST PROGRAMMING

• Bouke de Vries: Virtual London Studio Tour

WAR & PIECES


PAST PROGRAMMING

• Explosion in the Green Gallery! Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces Comes to the Frick

WAR & PIECES


PAST PROGRAMMING

WAR & PIECES


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WAR & PIECES


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ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Scultpure


Exhibiting in the US since 2019

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explores the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists. The exhibition, curated by Jennifer Jankauskus, will investigate how history and place inform the work of contemporary ceramists bringing approximately 44 objects by 30 emerging, mid-career, and master artists from around the nation who work within a narrative figurative clay tradition. Creating both sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, the artists all highlight the human form as a way to explore issues relating to the body, to various cultural ties, and to ideas of the female/male gaze.

Images courtesy of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Art Museum of South Texas, and Figge Art Museum

ABOUT FACE | TOUR SCHEDULE


INQUIRE ABOUT TOURING PROGRAM • HERE 

EXHIBITION INCLUDES WORK BY


Wesley Anderegg
Robert Arneson*
Chris Antemann*
Rudy Autio*
Russell Biles*
Cristina Córdova*
Jack Earl*
Edward Eberle*
Sean Erwin*
Viola Frey*
Alessandro Gallo*
David Gilhooly *
Gerit Grimm *
Sergei Isupov*
Doug Jeck*
Howard Kottler*
Michael Lucero *
Walter McConnell
Gerardo Monterrubio
Jim Neel
Virgil Ortiz
Andrew Raftery
Allan Rosenbaum
Akio Takimori *
Yoshio Taylor
Tip Toland
Jason Walker *
Kurt Weiser *
Beatrice Wood *
Sun Koo Yuh

*indicates artists with available works for sale through Ferrin Contemporary

FEATURED ARTISTS



FEATURED FROM COLLECTIONS


ABOUT FACE


 PAST PROGRAMMING

Curator Talk: Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas
Thursday, July 16
6:30 p.m. Virtual

Curator of Art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and exhibition curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, will discuss the artists and themes exhibited in About Face in a virtual presentation.

View Virtual Curator Talk • HERE •

Artist Panel

Thursday, August 20
6:30 p.m. talk

Local ceramic artists will give insight into the imagery and techniques used in the works featured in About Face.

ABOUT FACE


 PAST PROGRAMMING

ABOUT FACE


 PAST PROGRAMMING

EXHIBITION CATALOG


Purchase the Catalog • HERE •

About Face is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by exhibition curator, Jennifer Jankauskas, PhD, and Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and will be on view in the fourth-floor gallery through August 30, 2020.

STRIKING GOLD: Fuller at Fifty, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

STRIKING GOLD: Fuller at Fifty, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty

September 7, 2019- April 5, 2020

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA

In honor of the Fuller’s ‘golden anniversary’, the museum looks at the role of gold within it’s recent acquisitions and permanent collection. Co-curated by Beth McLaughlin and Suzanne Ramljak. Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty, explores the storied traditions, contemporary interpretations, skillful applications, and conceptual rigor of gold as an artistic material, while investigating the multitude of cultural, material, and sociopolitical associations.For the 57 selected artists, gold remains central to their work as they delve far deeper than embellishment or decorative effect. This landmark exhibition celebrates the museum’s rich past as it plans for a brilliant future—and shines a light on all things golden.

FEATURING

Recent works by:

Claire Curneen
Bouke de Vries
Paul Scott
Anina Major

and in the permanent collection:
Roy Superior

More information can be found HERE.

CATALOG

Fully illustrated catalog with essays from the co-curators and Stuart Kestenbaum.

Click HERE to purchase.

CLICK TO VIEW THE VIRTUAL TOUR
OF STRIKING GOLD: Fuller at Fifty

 

Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty

RAE STERN: IN FUGUE, Belger Arts, Kansas City, MO

RAE STERN: IN FUGUE, Belger Arts, Kansas City, MO

Belger Arts, Kansas City, MO

at Belger Crane Yard Studio

September 26- February 8, 2020

Rae Stern: In Fugue features new, groundbreaking works in porcelain and paper. On view September 26, 2019 – February 8, 2020 at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, the exhibition focuses on the elusive and ephemeral nature of memory as both a personal and universal phenomenon. Through the manipulation of translucent attributes of porcelain and paper, and with innovative use of digital technology, the works pose questions about the relationship between object, memory, and time.

Part of a recent body of work by Stern, the porcelain objects light up from within upon touch and expose hidden lithophanes.

By creating an immersive experience and inviting the viewers to touch the ceramic objects, the work brings to life narratives and memories assigned to porcelain heirlooms and explores the potential and limitations of porcelain as a repository for fading memories.

The exhibition is supported by Belger Arts, Dick and Evelyn Belger, Asylum Arts, Joan and Steve Israelite and Irene Bettinger.

*RAE STERN: IN FUGUE IS AVAILABLE FOR EXHIBITION.
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION*

INSTALLATION VIEW

CATALOG

CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves

CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves

SOLO EXHIBITION

AT FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
North Adams, MA

September 21- November 2nd, 2019

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 21, 5-7 pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


North Adams, MA —

Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to announce CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves, introducing a new series of porcelain sculpture that explores elements of art history and our connection to today’s changing, natural world.

Leslie Ferrin, director Ferrin Contemporary, “We are pleased to present Crystal Morey’s first solo exhibition on the East Coast and the opportunity it provides to share her artwork and learn about her process through a related series of talks and demonstrations. This new series, Venus on the Waves, captures the spirit of a new generation of pop surrealist, figurative artists who use history to inform their practice while adding a contemporary spin by introducing issues relevant to our time.”

As a result of human consumption, climate change, and habitat loss, we are experiencing increased responsibility to care for the living creatures around us. Morey’s delicate porcelain works highlight these precarious connections and our roles as advocates and protectors of our most vulnerable species. Her sculptures narrate the interdependence between humans, plants, and animals while cultivating empathy for our changing world.

Inspired by 18th century European painting, sculpture, and porcelain figurines, Morey’s works in Venus on the Waves combine the decadent and ornate qualities of the Baroque with romanticism of nature. Her emphasis on historical female archetypes and their relationship to the natural world echoes the past while reflecting on today’s environmental challenges.

CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves


At Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA | September 21- November 2nd, 2019

Crystal Morey explains, “Venus on the Waves, is a new body of work that weaves the magic, narrative and power of art history with our contemporary environmental issues of today. Through hand sculpted porcelain creations, I am building a connection to the past though the vulnerable creatures and habitats of today.”

Crystal Morey’s ceramic works have been widely featured in publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2018, her work was included in Revive, Remix, Respond at The Frick Pittsburgh, PA, in a group exhibition inspired by the Frick’s collection which was co-curated by Dawn Brean and Leslie Ferrin. Her work has been featured in New Age of Ceramics500 Figures in ClayJuxtapozHi-FructoseAmerican Art Collector, Hey Magazine, Palace Costas, Beautiful Bizarreand Sculpture Review.  Morey received her BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts in 2006 and her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University in 2015, followed by residencies at The LH Project, OR; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME; and the Penland School of Craft, NC. She currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

Entangled: Grizzly (Part 1) & (Part 2)


California Bighorn Sheep


Leda and the Swan


Release the Winds


Sea Level Rise in Eden


Three Graces


Venus on the Waves


Venus (After Michelangelo’s David)


PRESS & PROGRAMMING


Visiting Artist Lecture
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:30-6:30pm
Harvard University– Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA

Click HERE for more about the lecture at Harvard Ceramics.

Click HERE to read the feature in The Berkshire Eagle by Jennifer Huberdeau

Click HERE to learn more about the workshop and events at Project Art, Cummington, MA.

Click HERE to see other works and learn more about Crystal Morey.

Click HERE to inquire about available works for sale.

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Download Press Release HERE

Crystal Morey in Figural Sculpture: Additive / Subtractive Processes in Porcelain
September 20 – 22, 2019

at PROJECT ART in Cummington, MA

Crystal Morey: Artist Talk
Friday, September 20, 7pm
at PROJECT ART in Cummington, MA

TENDING THE FIRES: Recent Acquisitions in Clay | Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

TENDING THE FIRES: Recent Acquisitions in Clay | Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

August 17, 2019 – April 4, 2021

Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay presents recent additions to Fuller Craft’s ceramic collection. Exhibited works represent a range of processes and conceptual approaches in clay, from Cheryl Ann Thomas’s slumped, coiled sculpture to Jun Kaneko’s painterly “dango” to Steven Young Lee’s deconstructed pot. Figuration also comes into play, with strong examples by Patti Warashina, Akio Takamori, and Tip Toland. Fuller Craft Museum is proud to shine a light on the clay triumphs of these renowned ceramicists while proudly displaying the institution’s recent collecting achievements.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Richard Cleaver, Claire Curneen, Nancy Jurs, Jun Kaneko, Steven Young Lee, Cliff Lee, Hollie Lyko, Michael Lucero, Lauren Mabry, Beverly Mayeri, Zemer Peled, Peter Pincus, Prudence Piper, Mark Shapiro, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Cheryl Ann Thomas, Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, and Malcolm Wright.

Learn more about FC Artists:

CLAIRE CURNEEN
HOLLIE LYKO
STEVEN YOUNG LEE
LAUREN MABRY
PETER PINCUS
MARA SUPERIOR

and from the archives:

MALCOLM WRIGHT

Click HERE for more.

FLORA/FAUNA | Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

FLORA/FAUNA | Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

Flora/Fauna

July 25- August 20, 2019, Opening Reception July 25th at 3:00pm

Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery at the Chautauqua Institution

Stephen Bowers, Sin-ying Ho, Paul Scott, and Mara Superior present a series of work around the theme Flora and Fuana. Each artists weaves social commentary through the realm the decorative arts, using traditional technique in a new light.

See more about Stephen Bowers

See more about Sin-ying Ho

See more about Paul Scott

See more about Mara Superior

Recent Press about the show

 

 

 

 

COMPOSING FORM | Helen Day Art Center

COMPOSING FORM | Helen Day Art Center

Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Vermont

June 22- August 24, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22, 5pm – 7pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

This group exhibition of contemporary sculptors working in ceramics highlights both figurative and abstract work that is both poetic and humorous, referencing human history, intervention, and experience.

Installation

Artists Include:

EVENTS

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA will speak in conversation with curator, Rachel Moore about contemporary ceramics and the artists in Composing Form, the current exhibition at Helen Day Art Center.

Ferrin, a specialist in contemporary ceramics for forty years, represents several of the artists Moore chose for the survey exhibition. The two will discuss recent works by artists whose cultural identities are evident in the narratives conveyed through painted surfaces and sculpted form both in the exhibition and other examples in the field.  The conversation will also touch on the influences and experiences of artists in the exhibition including American artist, Cristina Cordova whose Puerto Rican heritage is a major influence on her work and the four international artists in the exhibition, Russian born, Sergei Isupov Estonian born Kadri Parnamets and two who now produce their work in Jingdezhen, China, the birthplace of porcelain, Robin Best, Australian and Hong Kong-born Sinying Ho.

Curator Talk:

Leslie Ferrin and Rachel Moore in conversation at the Helen Day Art Center.

August 15, 2019 at 5:30pm

In the Exhibition