The 24 artists selected for Body & Soul: New International Ceramics are using clay – traditionally made into vessels and decorative objects – to sculpt powerful responses to social injustices, environmental devastation and the day-to-day pain of living in an imperfect world. “It’s not a pretty show,” says co-curator Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, referring to images focused on female circumcision, gun violence and abuse. Some works reveal the sinister side of genteel society, others give voice to silent suffering. All invite viewers to engage with the critical personal and social issues of our times. Artists include Mounir Fatmi, Sana Musasama, Tip Toland, Marc Alberghina, Jessica Harrison and Kim Simonsson.
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, until 2 March 2014.
The Not-So-Secret Language of Pins
A skilled diplomat's arsenal might include a surprisingly diverse range of tactics because a successful persuasion, in fact, largely depends on the personalities involved in the negotiations. Madeleine Albright, who served as US secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, employed a truly novel 'weapon' to express diplomatic means and ends, her collection of pins and brooches.
A Human Museum Without Walls. Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey
Now at its third stop, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City, the multi-city exhibit Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey displays nearly two dozen works by ceramic artist Frey (1933
A View of Africa, From the Inside Out
Africa is a vast region that now comprises more than 50 nations. Created through a long history of ethnic and cultural alchemy, Africa and the people who live there defy easy categorisation. Faced with the complexity of defining what is 'African', the media has tended to use a shorthand that reduces the African people to a few well-known images: poverty, civil war, political corruption and disease. The photographers and multimedia artists featured in 'Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography', which opened in March 2006 at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, resist prevailing views of their country, their history and their identities as 'African' artists.
Klaus Moje: A Love Affair with Glass
Considered to be the founding father of the contemporary glass movement in Australia, Klaus Moje has played a pivotal role in shaping the history of studio glass practice in America and internationally for the past 30 years.
Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction
For decades, art history taught us that Kandinsky was the greatest pioneer of abstract art, the artist who removed the subject matter from painting. The great ideological debate between abstraction and figuration has given way to a more considered view of the dialogue between the two, yet many misguided views and myths remain.