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LIVE FORM: WOMEN, CERAMICS AND COMMUNITY. Jenni Sorkin. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 302 pp. with 78 ills. (8 col.). 27 x 19 cm. LC 2015-40757 ISBN 9780226303116 In English.
Publisher's description: Ceramics had a far-reaching impact in the second half of the twentieth century, as its artists worked through the same ideas regarding abstraction and form as those found in other creative mediums. Live Form shines new light on the relation of ceramics to the artistic avant-garde by looking at the central role of women in the field: potters who popularized ceramics as they worked with or taught male counterparts like Peter Voulkos, John Cage, and Ken Price. Sorkin focuses on three Americans who promoted ceramics as an advanced artistic medium: Marguerite Wildenhain, a Bauhaus-trained potter and writer; Mary Caroline Richards, who renounced formalism at Black Mountain College to pursue new methods outside of academia; and Susan Peterson, best known for her live throwing demonstrations on public television. Together, these women pioneered a hands-on teaching style and led educational and therapeutic activities for war veterans, students, the elderly, and many others. Far from being an isolated field, ceramics as practiced by Wildenhain, Richards, and Peterson offered a sense of community and social engagement, which, Sorkin argues, crucially set the stage for later participatory forms of art and feminist collectivism.
Artist(s):Wildenhain, Marguerite; Richards, Mary Caroline; Peterson, Susan
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Ceramics — Women Artists
Plans: 71,30,54
Worldwide Number: 171018
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