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A Farewell to Geert Lap
Ceramics has lost one of its finest potters and artists. Geert Lap (December 24 1951 – April 26, 2017) died from an infection while in the hospital.
His pots were the purest and most riveting expression of the minimal vessel, drawing collectors such as Claes Oldenberg, Ellsworth Kelly and numerous museums across the world. He was represented in the United States for many years by the Garth Clark Gallery in both Los Angles and New York. Plagued for much of his life by mental health issues his output slowed down in the last decades.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibition catalog stated, “his earliest works—pure cylindrical forms usually associated with functionality but devoid of spouts, handles, and surface decoration—presage his future ceramic output, although now he has exchanged porcelain for stoneware, a material which he feels is sturdier and allows for sharper forms. Lap works in traditional methods making vases, bowls, and dishes, although he is not concerned with their usability. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and made by his own hand. Color and form are integral.”
Ceramics, Art and Perception characterized Geert lap as a “lonely traveler in the field of contemporary Dutch ceramics.” They further explained that “Dutch ceramics is as versatile as international ceramics and, at the moment, shows a tendency to the bold, sculptural and narrative postmodernism, whereas Geert Lap has found his power in the consistent exercises in restraint.”
From Garth Clark
Rebecca Warren Chosen for New Tate St. Ives Extension Inauguration
The exhibition by British sculptor Rebecca Warren will be the first for the UK’s newest contemporary art space that it literally carved out of the cliffs of Cornwall.
The extension to Tate St Ives will open in October featuring works by Warren, a Patrick Heron retrospective and a group exhibition of 35 female artists responding to the life and writings of Virginia Woolf, The Guardian writes.
Warren, a Turner Prize nominee, is know for her large lumpy, sexualized clay figures and her neon vitrines. The gallery’s executive director, Mark Osterfield told The Guardian, the exhibition will be the artist’s first major solo show in the UK.
“It feels thrilling to be able to have the space to show her large scale sculptures alongside her neon vitrines.”
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