Ai Weiwei, Coloured Vases, 2006, 51 Neolithic vases, (5,000–3,000 BCE), industrial paint, variable dimensons. Picture credit: Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio
Clay is getting a bit of a moment of late, using ceramics very much being on the original purpose. In the last several decades, clay has molded back into the realm of contemporary art as new generations of artists reshape this tactile moderate in exciting directions.
In response, Phaidon will publish Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art, the first extensive survey of artists now working with these materials. The most recent addition to the ‘Vitamin’ series, the book
Tapping into the tendency towards creating, exhibiting and collecting art made of clay, readers can enjoy the work of over one hundred artists — by Ai Weiwei to Grayson Perry, from Edmund de Waal to Sterling Ruby and Gabriel Orozco into Thomas Schütte — which have “pushed the boundaries of the visceral material.”
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