Welcome to NewsFile, our round-up of news and happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. We launch this edition as New York’s Museum of Arts and Design names a new director.
Museum of Arts and Design Names New Director
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to lead MAD. I greatly admire the Museum’s track record of experimental exhibitions, and I look forward to building upon its rich history of craft, art, and design. With its dedicated staff and board, I know we can position ourselves as a leading museum in the twenty-first century. I am eager to begin developing new experiences for our audiences that will honor the history of MAD while also using art and design to challenge the way we think about the future.” ––Christopher Scoates
The New York Times reports Scoates will succeed Jorge Daniel Veneciano, who resigned his post Jan. 31, 2017––just five months into the job. Scoates currently serves the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Scoates will stay in that role through the end of the academic year.
Desktop 3D Clay Printer
ClayXYZ combines 3D printing with reusable natural material to create textured ceramic artwork. As DesignBoom reports, clayXYZ promises to be a revolutionary tool, dubbed “the most user-friendly desktop clay 3D printer ever.” The printer allows users to make their own cups, vases, bowls, even masks, sculptures and building models.
All the user need do is load the clay, download the pattern for the desired model, and click start to sit back and enjoy the process of creation. The digital printer comes with a 3D model library, opening up the world of ceramics to those with no experience of 3D design. nonetheless—for experienced potters, the objects can be re-sculpted by hand and glazed, before being fired in a kiln.
Read more about this 3D printer here.
Spotting the Faker Proves Difficult
The Art Newspaper reports while scholarly research in the UK’s university and national museums is on the rise, the ability to recognize and identify a genuine art object from a fake, and make judgements about quality–– think: how notorious art forger Shaun Greenhalgh fooled is not.
Expertise, which is distinct from, and may sometimes be antithetical to, scholarship, has become patchy, even rare, in museums.
The publication cites short-term contracted expertise, exhibition turnover and funding for the shortfall. You can read more here.
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