Welcome to NewsFile, our weekly round-up of neat and newsy happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. This week we highlight a ceramic sculpture by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, an underground hidden temple turned museum and much more!
Sarah Radstone Retrospective Exhibition
The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) presents a retrospective exhibition More Than Words (November 17, 2017 – June 10, 2018) of work by British artist Sara Radstone, whose ceramics explore memory, history, landscape, humanity, loss and absence, York Art Gallery writes.
The exhibition follows the quiet progression of Sara’s life in ceramics beginning with early works created as she sought to reinterpret the vessel form. Following her struggles and successes with the material, the exhibition tracks the evolution of Sara’s ideas as she moved from vessels to freestanding sculptures, wall-based multiples and installations.
Read more on the exhibition here.
Roy Lichtenstein Sculpture Sells for $435K
Featuring Lichtenstein‘s familiar Ben-Day dots and bold stripes, this ceramic sculpture sold at auction through PHILLIPS for $435,000.
Painted with vibrant blues and fiery reds with glossy blacks, whites and reflective silver, Roy Lichtenstein’s Ceramic Sculpture #16 recalls the familiarity of consumerist objects that harken back to American diner culture of the 1960s.
Read more about the sale here.
Subterranean Temple Transformed into Museum
An underground Roman Temple of Mithrase, where a mysterious cult worshipped, has been restored and is now home to an immersive museum in London. Located 7-meters below street level under Bloomberg’s headquarters,The London Mithraeum sits in a dark room with a viewing gallery running along the ruins and a platform suspended over the nave, Dezeen writes.
Visitors enter the timed experience, which uses haze, light projections and baffles to create the illusion of the temple walls and columns rising from the ruins.
An illuminated scene of Mithras slaying a bull flickers to life in the apse, while a soundscape of chanting, bells and horns adds to the multi-sensory experience.
Read more about this mysterious temple/museum here.
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