Clay lends vintners a hand. Ken Price is at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. It’s Monday…This is NewsFile––your go-to round-up of newsy tidbits and happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. Enjoy.
Clay May Stave Off Deadly Grape Disease
One winery is California is finding that a dusting of the fine, soft white clay Kaolin––an essential ingredient in the manufacturning of china and porcelain––may prove fruitful in staving off Pierce’s Disease, according to Wine Searcher. A bacterial infection, the disease is spread by bugs that feed on grapevines, particularly the “glassy winged sharpshooter causing them to become sick and die.
The insects especially love the soft candy-like leaves of Chardonnay.
The insects don’t like the white color of the clay and, if they try to feed on the sap of treated vines, which is how they spread the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium, “they get a mouthful of clay, and it chokes them”, says Eric Baugher, CEO and winemaker, with some satisfaction. But it’s such a thin, transparent layer that it apparently doesn’t affect photosynthesis.Wine Searcher
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Ken Price at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe
As part of its ongoing Contemporary Voices series, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is exhibiting works by Ken Price (1935-2012) (Santa Fe, June 9 – October 23, 2019), the gallery writes.
One of the foremost American sculptors of his day, Price was also an accomplished graphic artist. Ten ceramic sculptures by Price, a longtime resident of Taos, New Mexico, will be displayed on pedestals throughout the Museum’s galleries. The organic, sensual forms, and chromatic complexity of Price’s sculptures will be paired and juxtaposed with O’Keeffe’s still life and landscape subjects, inviting visitors to view both artists in a new light. Watercolors by Georgia O’Keeffe will be presented alongside kindred works on paper, an homage to the high desert, by Ken Price.Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Garth Clark held a conversation with Ariel Plotek, Museum Curator of Fine Art, about Ken Price June 6 at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe.
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