A golden loo gets snatched, the 10th Anniversary British Ceramics Biennial AWARD, and more. This is your go-to round-up of newsy shards and happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics––this is November’s NewsFile.
Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize
The high profile Young Masters Art Prize (London, 30th September 30 – October 5, 2019) showcases how contemporary artists embrace the art of the past. More recently, the Prize was developed to celebrate excellence in contemporary ceramics.
Winners of the 10-year Anniversary edition of the Prize: Yusa Yalçintas Amanda Mccavour, Alberto Torres Hernandez, Susanne Kamps, Tami Bahat, Keith Maddy, Giggs Kgole along with ceramists Ikuko Iwamoto, Albert Montserrat and Catalina Vial.
Iwamoto was named the Young Masters Mallis Grand Ceramics Prize Overall Winner.
Explore more about the winners here.
Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Loo Lifted
The 18 -karate golden loo went missing just days after it went on display. The toilet, title American was featured in Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan‘s Victory is Not an Option exhibition at Blenheim palace, which also showcased some of the artist’s most influential works exploring themes of national identity, power, and personality.
Before it was stolen, visitors could book three-minute appointments to use the functional golden toilet, titled America (2016), which was connected to palace plumbing, making its theft not an easy task, NPR reports.
When you show the finest art to everyone, to the audience it was made for, you take a risk,” Dominic Hare, Blenheim Palace’s CEO, wrote in an emailed statement Saturday. “It is deeply ironic that a work of art portraying the American Dream and the idea of an elite object made available to all should be almost instantly snatched away and hidden from view.”NPR
British police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with the theft, NPR reports.
But as Jonathan Jones of The Guardian writes, the irony of the incident is not lost on the artist.
“Maurizio Cattelan is right to enjoy the loss of his fully-functioning conceptual wonder. It makes his comment on art, money and Trumpian desire even more brilliant.”The Guardian
British Ceramics Biennial AWARD Winner
Duo Vicky Lindo and William Brookes’ slip-cast earthenware graffito pottery was named the 2019 AWARD Winner as this year’s British Ceramics Biennial, which returned to Stoke-on-Trent September 7 – October 13, 2019..
Over 150 artists submitted proposals for inclusion in the exhibition, from which ten artists for chosen to present, with one chosen as the winner of AWARD.
Award 2019 artists included Hannah Tounsend, Barry Anthony Finan, John Rainey, Irina Razumovskaya, Elliot Denny, Zoe Preece, Adam Buick, Sam Lucas and Jessica Harrison.
Stay tuned throughout the month of November as we continue to update this NewsFile with more from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. Sound off in the comments section below.