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Visiting Artist: Garth Clark

January 22, 2014
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
6 p.m.

"Mind Mud: The Conceptual Ceramics of Ai Weiwei"

"Contemporary ceramics has never seen a showman like Ai Weiwei," writes Clark. "This passionate polymath has taken on the vast history of China's ceramics, broken it apart (literally), turned it upside down, reassembled it in fresh ways, vandalized treasures by Iron Age potters, questioned the authenticity of his country's ceramic patrimony, lampooned the connoisseurship surrounding ancient pottery and porcelain, and used the ceramic tradition to critique his government . . . Ai has revised the ceramic canon and set the bar at a new and intimidating high."

Photo of Garth Clark