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Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris

 

Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris ceramic exhibition

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris

 

 

Les Journées de la Céramique  – ‘the ceramics days’ – 20th anniversary

 

In 1995, a group of ceramists and experts founded the Paris-Potier Association with the intention of creating an important ceramic event in Paris in an easily accessible place, to become a showcase for ceramics. The aim was to manifest a friendly outdoor program to present ceramic sculpture in the same light as day-to-day utility objects. The Paris-Potier team has continued as an association consisting of a dozen professional ceramists, who every year invite ceramic exhibitors to present a coherent, lively and renewed pottery gathering for the Parisian public.

 

100 ceramists : French and foreign
Shaded restaurant and Café Céramique (see video below)
Childrens’ workshop : Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Entrance Free

Dates 2017
Thursday 29th June, 1pm – 10pm
Friday 30th June, 11am – 8pm
Saturday 1st July, 11am – 8pm
Sunday 2nd July, 11am – 8pm

Place St-Sulpice, Paris 6eM 4 : St-Sulpice / Bus 63, 96 : St-Sulpice

Website

 

 

Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris - A girl holding a ceramic sculpture

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris

 

 

Annual ceramique market in Paris

 

 

 

 

Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris 2016

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris

 

 

Some of the ceramic artists participating in the show.

 

ceramic-sculpture-Brigitte-Long

Ceramic sculpture – Brigitte Long

‘I like to give substance to matter-earth; It is my favorite support. I lead her, she carries me away; It is a game or a melee with matter, with fire. Model, transform, assemble, deform, paint, engrave, inhabit a space, open it and make it vibrate. Inspired by nature, the mineral and conscious of this reality so fragile and complex, I seek simplicity and the essential in the forms and the materials.’

 

 

Agnès-Coupey-glazed ceramic-table

Agnès Coupey – glazed ceramic table with steel legs

 

 

Ainsley-Muraour-ceramic-sculpture

Ainsley Muraour

 

 

alain-gaudebert-french-ceramicist

Alain Gaudebert French ceramicist

 

Anne-Krog-functional-pottery

Anne Krog functional pottery

 

 

Rachel-Wood pottery bowl

Rachel Wood footed bowl

‘ I am inspired by the world around me…the colours, shapes and the textures of the landscape.’
‘ I want each pot to convey its own spirit and character…to have a pulse and a heartbeat. I want the marks to reflect the journey of exploration and learning in each pot, just as a wrinkle or dimple depicts expression and character in a human face.’

 

 

Armel-Hédé-contemporary-ceramics - pastel glaze vessel

Armel Hédé jar with incised surface

 

 

Armel-Hédé--raku-ovoid-vessel

Armel Hédé — raku ovoid vessel

 

 

Armel Hédé at his studio

Armel Hédé

 

 

Armel-Hédé-lidded-jar earth tones

Armel Hédé lidded jar

 

 

 

Auzolle-Fabienne-ceramic-figure-sculptures

Fabienne Auzolle – ceramic figure sculptures

 

 

 

Beatriz-Trepat-ceramic-bottles orange and brown

Beatriz Trepat ceramic bottles

 

 

Belhaj-Myriam-potière-platter with fish motif

Belhaj Myriam potière platter

 

 

Belhaj-Myriam-potière plate

Belhaj Myriam ceramic decor plate

 

 

Benedicte-Vallet-cream color ceramic-sculpture

Benedicte Vallet

 

 

bertholon-stephanie-light blue-vases reptile patterns

 Stephanie Bertholon – light blue porcelain vases, reptile skin patterns

 

 

 

Corinne Betton--ceramic-bowls

Corinne Betton–ceramic-bowls

 

 

 

Betton-Corinne-French ceramicist

Corinne Betton

 

 

'Big-Tree-Cloud' ceramic sculpture -Marianne Abergel

‘Big Tree Cloud’ ceramic sculpture – Marianne Abergel

 

 

bleue-carte-vessel-Philippe Buraud

Philippe Buraud  —  Terra sigillata bleue carte

 

Terra sigillata: the technique
Clays found in the nature are thoroughly mixed in a large quantity of rain water. Addition of sodium silicate favors the dispersion and decantation of heavy clay particles. After a long time of decantation (up to a month), only the upper very liquid part, which contains the finest clay particles, is kept. This liquid is used in successive thin layers to cover the dry raw clay body and polished in between each layer:  a technique very similar to Japanese lacquer. The remarkable shine of the finished piece is due to the alignment of the fine clay particles which reflect the light. The piece is then bisqued and smoked fired with wood. Depending on the nature of both the clay body and the terra sigillata, tensions may appear and will be revealed by the smoke firing process. Warm and transparent colors range from white to black through all the color palette of natural ochre.

 

Françoise-Nugier ceramic lidded jar

Françoise Nugier ceramic lidded jar

 

 

Bourlard-Jean-François-ceramic-pots

Jean François Bourlard

 

 

Jean-François-Bourlard ceramic sculpture vessel

Jean François Bourlard ceramic sculpture vessel

 

 

Bouteilles-et-bol-Stéphanie Gamby

Bouteilles et bol – Stéphanie Gamby

 

 

Brigitte-Labb,-ceramic poly-chrome sculpture

Brigitte Labb, sculpture

 

 

Brigitte-Penicaud-exposition-malicorne

Brigitte Penicaud

 

 

Britta-Mikasch-ceramic-jugs in black and white

Britta Mikasch ceramic jugs

 

 

Britta-Mikasch-ceramic-jugs

Britta Mikasch-ceramic vase and bottles

 

 

bustier-pascal-jaouenPascal Jaouen, an embroiderer, for whom the earthenware company created in 2008 a faience bustier for his 2008 collection presented at the Festival de Cornouaille

Faience bustier by Pascal Jaouen, made by  the earthenware company Henriot, created in 2008 for the Festival de Cornouaille

 

 

Cache-pot-orange-et-anisFrançoise-Nugier

Françoise Nugier cache pots

 

 

 

Cardona-Jacqueline-André rooster platter

Cardona Jacqueline André – three roosters motif platter

 

 

 

Christian-Bourceau tea bowl

Christian Bourceau tea bowl

 

 

ceramicist-Alex-Standen three cups

Alex Standen three cups

 

 

 

Ceramic vase by Job Heykamp

Ceramic vase by Job Heykamp

 

 

Dutch ceramicist Job Heykamp

 

 

 

Ceramist-Jane-Reumert sculpture vessel

Danish ceramist Jane Reumert

 

 

Christine-Fabre-crimson ceramic-sculpture

Christine Fabre

 

 

Christina-Guwang-ceramic-cup

Christina Guwang ceramic cup

 

 

 

Christine Fabre

 

 

cirque-5---Marianne Abergel ceramique

‘Cirque 5’  — Marianne Abergel

 

 

coupe-bleue-2-Marianne Abergel French ceramics

Coupe Bleue 2 – Marianne Abergel

 

 

cruche_2-Beatriz-Trepat cerazmic jug

Beatriz Trepat ceramic jug

 

 

Delphine Dardare-ceramic-vessels

Delphine Dardare

 

 

Richard Dewar--ceramic-sculptures

Richard Dewar — ceramic sculptures

 

 

Dominique-Bajard-ceramic sculpture France

Dominique Bajard sculpture

 

 

Dupuy-Thierry pottery vase

Thierry Dupuy

 

 

Elvira-Keller-Altri-Mondi ceramic sculpture

Elvira Keller — Altri Mondi

 

 

Fanny-Acquart-Gensollen-ceramic-jewelry

Fanny Acquart Gensollen ceramic jewelry

 

 

Françoise-Chaussy-ceramic art vases

Françoise Chaussy ceramic art vases

 

 

Francoise-Dufayard-Ceramic-plate

Francoise Dufayard

 

 

Françoise-Nugier-ceramic-vase abstract glaze decoration

Françoise Nugier ceramic vase

 

 

Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris - head sculptures

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris

 

 

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert ceramique sculptures

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert ceramique sculptures

 

 

 

Gaudebert-Alain--ceramic polychrome vase

Alain Gaudebert — ceramic sculpture vase

 

 

Guy-Honoré--contemporary sculpture

Guy Honoré — contemporary sculpture

 

 

Gaëlle-Guingant-Convert ceramic -ribbed-sculpture

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert

 

 

Héloïse-Bariol-ceramic art -plate

Bariol Héloïse

 

 

Hélène-Loussier-porcelain-figurine

Hélène Loussier porcelain figurine

 

 

 

Hemery-Gwenael_abstract-ceramic-vase

Hemery Gwenael – abstract ceramic vase

 

 

Heloise-Bariol-ceramic dish greens and peach colors

Heloise Bariol ceramic dish

 

 

ceramics on display-Myriam-Belhaj

Myriam Belhaj

 

 

Jean-Francois-Thierion--ovoid-ceramic-vessel

Jean Francois Thierion

 

 

Jean-Francois-Thierion-ceramic-artist

Jean Francois Thierion with paint gun

 

 

Jérôme-Galvin-ceramic-vase with fixes and birds

Jérôme Galvin – ceramic vase

 

 

Jérôme Galvin

 

 

Joly-Didier-pottery-free form vase

Didier Joly – free form ceramic vase

 

 

Kaori-Kurihara-sculpture

Kaori Kurihara ceramic sculpture

 

 

Michel Lanos abstract-ceramics

Michel Lanos ceramic abstractions

 

 

Large conical bowl---Rachel-Wood-Gallery

Large conical bowl — Rachel Wood

 

 

L'ATELIER-TANDEM-Pierre-Dutertre-Stephanie-Gamby

Pierre Dutertre and Stephanie Gamby

 

 

lLaure Giraudaud-biomorphic-sculptures

Laure Giraudaud biomorphic sculptures

 

 

Laurent-Dufour-french-ceramicist

Laurent Dufour

 

 

les-journees-de-la-ceramique-workshop

Les Journées de la Céramique workshop

 

 

Louise Gardelle-pottery-jug naked lady motif

Louise Gardelle ceramic jug with naked lady motif

 

 

 

Marc Michel Gabali---ceramic contemporary vase

Marc Michel Gabali

 

 

Marie Pierre Meheust_boat-sculpture

Marie Pierre Meheust

 

 

Marie Sophie André-ceramic-figure-sculpture

 

Marie Sophie André ceramic figure sculpture

 

 

Martine Le Fur-céramiste--ceramic-sculpture

Martine Le Fur

 

 

Maya Micenmacher-ceramic-plates

Maya Micenmacher

 

 

Marie-Sophie-André ceramic abstract sculpture

Marie Sophie André

 

 

Michel Le Gentil_ceramic sculpture vase

Michel Le Gentil

 

 

Michel-Gardelle-ceramic-vase

Michel Gardelle

 

 

Mireille Moser-pottery-vase

Mireille Moser

 

 

Mireille Moser green vase

Mireille Moser

 

 

Monika-Debus-céramique-sculpture

Monika Debus céramique sculpture

 

 

Monika Debus céramique sculpture green and black

Monika Debus céramique sculpture

 

 

Myriam Chemla hand painted porcelain

 

 

Nani Champy Schott--cup

Nani Champy Schott

 

 

Nani-Champy-Schott-cerammics

Nani Champy Schott

 

 

 

nugier-francoise-pottery-vase

Francoise Nugier pottery vase

 

 

Marianne-Abergel ceramic sculpture

Marianne Abergel

 

 

Rozenn-Bigot-tri-footed-vase

Rozenn Bigot

 

 

Sarah-Clotuche-ceramic-sculptress

Sarah Clotuche

 

 

Stéphanie Raymond-mother child -plate

Stéphanie Raymond – mother child ceramic plate

 

 

Ule-Ewelt-ceramic-animals

Ule Ewelt

 

 

vase-bleu-Aline-Lafollie-ceramique

Vase bleu – Aline Lafollie ceramique

 

 

café céramique from Luc Riolon on Vimeo.

 

 

NEXT POST  —  Los Angeles ceramic sculptor – Beverley Morrison

 

Venice contemporary and modern art

 

 

Giancarlo-Franco-Tramontin,-white marble contemporary sculpture

Giancarlo Franco Tramontin

Venice Biennial 2013

 

The Venice Biennial beginning

 

In 1895, Riccardo Selvatico, the mayor of Venice conceived the ambitious idea to have a permanent international contemporary art exhibition, where artists from primarily Europe, were invited to participate. As it gradually evolved in the early 20th century and was held on a biennial basis, influential countries at this time desired their own art pavilions, which was granted, and they flourished in the Giardini, the public gardens of Venice initiated by Napoleon.
The contemporary and visionary direction of the Biennial was reinforced in 1948, after a 6 year hiatus due to WW2. It restarted with an exhibition of Cubist and Surrealist trends including a retrospective of Picasso (his first appearance at the Biennale at age 67) and works by artists Ernst, Dali, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Giacometti and Mondrian.  The Biennale has continued to exhibit avant-garde art, including the introduction of abstract expressionism in the 1950’s and recognizing PopArt in the 60‘s. In 1956 there was a significant Impressionist Exhibition which presented works by Monet, Sisley, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. The French Pavilion lined up personal collections of Maillol, Braque, and Chagall while the British Pavilion brought Turner and Henry Moore to Venice.

 

 

Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, 'Folly,' in the British Pavilion.Credit Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times

Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, ‘Folly,’ in the British Pavilion.

Photo – Gianni Cipriano, Venice Biennale 2017

 

There are now over 90 international pavilions that feature contemporary art during the Venice Biennial art show along with numerous other gallery spaces that populate the labyrinth of Venice.The Biennale is open from May to November and is the oldest and largest biennale, making it one of the most prestigious international events in the contemporary art world today.
The main exhibit of the Biennale is located in the Giardini, a sprawling park that features a large Central Pavilion housing the works curated by the festival’s director. Every Biennale is curated by a different director, who chooses the theme along with the exhibits for the Central Pavilion (the original site of the Biennale) and in the Arsenale, the historic fortress-like shipyard and armory from the era when Venice was a major world power.

The grandeur of the centuries old architecture of Venice, featuring enchanting Gothic, Byzantine, and Moorish influenced palaces and mixed with buildings of charm and huge warehouse galleries, densely planted on its winding canals, provides an intriguing and striking contrariety for showcasing contemporary, cutting edge art and installations. The  Biennale remains a premier destination for art enthusiasts.

The 57th International Art Exhibition – Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, will be open until Sunday 26 November 2017.

 

 

Palazzo delle Esposizioni Giardini, Venezia, 2009

Photo: Giorgio Zucchiatti

 

 

 

Nigeria-Peju-Alatise-Flying-Girls-2017 -- Photo-Courtesy-Peju-Alatise-noresize Nigerian-Pavilion-installation

Nigeria artist Peju Alatise – ‘Flying Girls’ at the Nigerian Pavilion

Venice Biennial 2017 — Photo Peju Alatise

 

 

Maiastra-bronze sculpture--Constantin-Brancusi

‘Maiastra’ — Constantin Brancusi

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 

 

55th-venice-biennale-2013-Marc-Quinn sculptural head

Marc Quinn sculptural head

55th Venice Biennale. 2013

 

 

Shoja Azarii – Frame from video narrative ‘Banquette of Houries (King Of Black)’ retelling Iranian Nizami Ganjavi’s epic poem, Haft Pyykar (Seven Beauties)

 

 

Roberto Cuoghi - 'Il Palazzo Enciclopedico'

Roberto Cuoghi – ‘Belinda’

‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ 55th Venice biennale 2013

 

 

Benedictine-Monks-Contemplate-perspective---John-Pawson

Benedictine Monks Contemplate Perspective—John Pawson

 

 

Tony-Cragg-Ca-Pesaro-secretions-2005

Tony Cragg – ‘Secretions’ 

Ca’ Pesaro – Gallery of Modern Art – 2005

 

 

Subodh Gupta,-'Hungry Gods' Palazzo Grassi

Subodh Gupta,-‘Hungry Gods’

Palazzo Grassi

 

Art Biennale exhibition, Venice 1964. Sculpture – Standing, Vertical, Voluptuous

Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche-Getty Images

 

 

A boat with two oars made of tree roots and soil by Finnish Olavi Lanoo,Venice 1978Photo by Adriano AlecchiMondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

A boat with two oars made of tree roots and soil by Finn, Olavi Lanoo,Venice 1978

Photo by Adriano Alecchi Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

 

 

Cindy-Sherman sculpture doll

Cindy Sherman

 

 

Sarah Lucas bronze sculpture Venice Biennial

Sarah Lucas bronze sculpture

Venice Biennial 2015

 

 

 

Zaha-hadid-architects-3d-prints

3d printed sculpture – Zaha Hadid

 

 

‘Guardians of Time’ – Manfred Kili Kielnhofer

 

 

 

At the Correr Museum in Venice, 'Gruppo di Leda e il Cigno'. This is a Roman replica from Hadrian's era of a 1st century Greek original.

 ‘Gruppo di Leda e il Cigno’  – Roman replica 0f 1st Century Greek original

At the Correr Museum in Venice,

 

 

Bill-Viola-Emergence -- Renaissance--Carpaccio

Bill Viola ‘Emergence’  — Renaissance–Carpaccio

 

 

Blue-Star-Linz---Otto-Piene monumental abstract sculpture

‘Blue Star Linz’ — Otto Piene

 

Tree sculpture - Celeste Boursier Mougenot--French-pavilion

Celeste Boursier Mougenot — French pavilion

 

 

Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang Iron Wolves. At the center of the copy of Michelangelo's Pietà. They symbolize the art and religious persecution insecurity.

Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang ‘Iron Wolves’ at the center of the copy of Michelangelo’s Pietà

 

 

 

Chris-Ofili-paintings Biennale-di-Venezia

Chris Ofili paintings

Biennale di Venezia

 

 

‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ — Damien Hirst – 2017 Venice Biennial – ‘Vive Arte Viva’

189 treasures retrieved from the ocean floor —  ‘Treasures tap into a desire for belief, for a connection with the past’,  – Damien Hirst

‘Somewhere between lies and truth lies the truth’

 

 

Damien-Hirst-The-warrior-and-the-Bear scuylpture

The warrior and the Bear’ – Damien Hirst

 

 

damien-Damien Hirst’s ‘Demon with Bowl’hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable-venice-art-biennale_Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana Photo Prudence Cuming

Damien Hirst’s ‘Diablo with Bowl’ — Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

Photo Prudence Cuming

 

 

 

Damien Hirst-Treasures-from-the-wreck-Unbelievable-venice-art-biennal-Headless Diablo with bowl

Headless Diablo with bowl – Damien Hirst

 

 

 

‘Aspect of Katie Ishtar ¥o-landi’ Mauro Eugenio Atzei - flickr

‘Aspect of Katie Ishtar Yo-landi’ – Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr

 

 

Damien-Hirst---Battle-with-Hydra-sculpture

‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst

 

 

Damien Hirst-in Venice Save fantasy--Aten, Punta-della Dogana

Damien Hirst in Venice Save Fantasy 2017 — ‘Aten’

Punta-della Dogana

 

 

Damien Hirst in Venice Save fantasy Lion Women of Mayor Asit, Punta della Dogana

Damien Hirst in Venice Save fantasy ‘Lion Women of Asit Mayor ‘

Punta della Dogana

 

 

Damien-Hirst--'Sphinx'-white sculpture

Damien Hirst–‘Sphinx’

 

‘Taking the Mickey’ – Damien Hirst

 

 

'Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable' Barnacle Goofy sculpture

‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ Barnacle Goofy sculpture – Damien Hirst

 

 

'Hydra and Kali' - Damien Hirst - sculpture of Kali in battle with Hydra

‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst

 

 

damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable Blue male sculpture

Blue sculpture bust – Damien Hirst

Palazzo Grassi at entrance to the Grand Canal

 

Dea-Alata with jade insert wings - Damien Hirst -- Mauro-Eugenio-Atzei--f;ickr

‘Dea Alati’ gold bust – Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr

 

 

Mayan aztec time disc - Damien Hirst

Mayan disk – Damien Hirst

 

 

Underwater ‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst

 

 

‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst

 

 

Medusa-Verde--Damien Hirst-Mauro-Eugenio-Atzei-f;ickr

‘Medusa Verde’ –Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr

 

 

 

damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable - bronze head

Bronze head – Damien Hirst

 

 

Divers discover ancient solar art head

Solar head sculpture  ‘Sun Disc’  – ‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable

 

 

Damien-Hirst-gold-sun disc

Solar head sculpture ‘Sun Disc’ – ‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ – Damien Hirst

 

 

 

 

damien-hirst-underwater treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable

Damien Hirst -‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’

 

 

Damien Hirst -‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’

 

 

Elisabetta-di-Maggio-Lotus leaf stabilized and hand-cut with a scalpel.Elizabeth MayVenezia Contemporanea

Elisabetta di Maggio – Lotus leaf stabilized and hand-cut with a scalpel.Elizabeth

Venezia Contemporanea

 

Diego-Perrone-Vittoria(Adolfo-Wildt)

Diego Perrone, ‘Vittoria (Adolfo Wildt)’

Venice Biennale—2013

 

 

Henry Moore bronze sculptures at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice

Henry Moore bronze sculptures

Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice

 

 

Hirst's 'Five Grecian Nudes', 'Five Antique Torsos', and 'Grecian Nude (three versions)'. (Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst’s ‘Five Grecian Nudes’, ‘Five Antique Torsos’, and ‘Grecian Nude (three versions)’

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

 

 

Roberto Cuoghi Imitation-Of-Christ--57th-Venice-Biennial

 ‘Imitation Of Christ’ — Roberto Cuoghi

57th Venice Biennial, 2017

 

 ‘Imitation Of Christ’ — Roberto Cuoghi

57th Venice Biennial, 2017

 

Marc Quinn´s sculpture The Overwhelming World of Desire was part of the Statements 7 exhibition

Marc Quinn’s sculpture ‘The Overwhelming World of Desire’ was part of the Statements 7 exhibition

 

 

 

Max Klinger and Gustav Klimt

Max Klinger life size bronze sculpture of ‘Badende’  (Bather) Black and Gustav Klimt- ‘Juddith II’ –Salome

 

 

Mist, 2014 jaume-plensa-venice-art-biennale-photography by jonty wilde the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

‘Mist’  – Jaume Plensa – Venice Biennale

Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

photography by Jonty Wilde

 

 

Alberto Giacometti,-Place-(détail),-1947-1948

Alberto Giacometti, ‘Place’ – 1947-1948

Peggy Guggenheim Museum

 

 

Palazzo-Fortuny-celebrating-the-bicentenary-of-the-birth-of-Richard-Wagner

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo – ‘The Flower Maidens’

Palazzo Fortuny art museum, Venice

 

 

-All-the-World's-FuturesOccupationsDiscoveries,installation-by-Brazilian-artist-Antonio-ManuGabriel-BouysAFPGetty-Images)

All the World’ Futures Occupations Discoveries,installation by Brazilian artist Antonio Manu

Gabriel Bouys – AFP Getty-Images

Venice Biennial 2015

 

 

Urs Fischer's facsimile of Giovanni Giambologna’s 'The rape of the sabine women', executed in candle wax with wicks, at Venice art Biennale, 2011.

Urs Fischer’s facsimile of Giovanni Giambologna’s ‘The rape of the sabine women’, executed as a self destructing wax candle sculpture

Venice art Biennale, 2011.

 

 

Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection-in-Venice.-Sculpture-by-Mirko-(1910-1969)

Mirko (bronze) ‘Leone urlante II’ 1956. Peggy Guggenheim Museum garden Venice

Venice Peggy Guggenheim Museum

 

 

 

Peggy-Guggenhein-Museum-Chariot--Fritz-Koenig-(1957)

Chariot’ — Fritz Koenig

1957

Peggy Guggenheim Museum

 

 

Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection-Mimmo-Paladino-(b.-1948),-The Cloven Viscount, Bronze

Mimmo Paladino– ‘The Cloven Viscount’, Bronze

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 

 

Alexander-Calder-metal-sculpture

Alexander Calder

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 

Photo-richard-ivey-courtesy michael-werner-new-york-london--venice-art-biennale_The Golden Tower by James Lee Byars

Venice art biennale — ‘The Golden Tower’ by James Lee Byars

Photo – Richard Ivey courtesy Michael Werner-NY, London

 

 

 

Female head painting Mountain Angel Sergey_Smirnov_Venice_2002

‘Mountain Angel’  – Sergey Smirnov

Venice 2002

 

 

Albanian artist Helidon Xhixha’s iceberg installation for the Serbian Arab Republic pavilion.

Italian Albanian artist Helidon Xhixha’s iceberg installation for the Serbian Arab Republic pavilion.

Venice Biennial 2015

 

 

the-dancing-satyrs---Lucio-Bubacco glass sculpture

Lucio Bubacco glass sculpture – ‘The Dancing Satyrs’

 

 

The End of Carrying All' by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu--Pavilion of the Nations venice-biennale-arte-2015 Andrea MerolaEPA)

‘The End of Carrying All’ by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu

Pavilion of the Nations Venice Biennale 2015

Photo Andrea Merola EPA

 

 

The inflatable sculpture 'Breath' (2012), by the artist Marc Quinn,

The inflatable sculpture ‘Breath’ (2012), by the artist Marc Quinn

 

 

The-multi-material-sculpture-The-Cave-Painter-by-Toronto-artist Shary-Boyle

 Multi material sculpture ‘The Cave Painter’ by Toronto artist Shary Boyle

 

 

The-Robing-of-the-Bride-Maz-Ernst-1940 Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection,-Venice

‘The Robing of the Bride’ -Max Ernst, 1940

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

 

 

The-weatherman---Max-Ernst--

‘The Weatherman’— Max Ernst

1951

Immagine di Ca’ Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venezia

 

 

Together-Jaume Plensa-venice-art-biennale-photography-by-jonty-wilde

‘Together’ – Jaume Plensa- Venice biennale

photography by Jonty Wilde

 

 

Urs Fischer-at-the-Palazzo-Grassi-Spinoza Rhapsody

Urs Fischer  – ‘Spinoza Rhapsody’

Palazzo Grassi

 

 

Venice-biennale2015--Chiharu-Shiota’s-(b.-1972,-Osaka)-The-Key-in-the-Hand-the-feature-installation-of-the-Japanese-Pavillion

 Chiharu Shiota’s ‘The Key in the Hand’ the feature installation of the Japanese Pavillion. Thousands of donated keys are suspended over an interwoven length of string.

Venice Biennale 2015

 

 

Vetro-d’artista glass sculpture-Lucio-Bubacco

Vetro d’artista glass sculpture – Lucio Bubacco, Murano

Photo – Norbert Heyl

 

 

William-Barton-and-Djakapurra-Munyarryun-open-the-Australian-pavilion

William Barton and Djakapurra Munyarryun at the Australian pavilion with art by Fiona Hall in the background.

Venice Biennale 2015

 

 

Zaha-Hadid,-visionary-and-projected-on-technical-experiments

Zaha Hadid suspended sculptures

 

 

Zaha-Hadidvenice-architecture-biennale-2012-common-ground

Zaha Hadid sculpture – Venice architecture biennale 2012 “Common ground”

 

 

'Tempera' - Francesco Hayez 1817 - Museo Correr, Venice

‘Tempera’ – Francesco Hayez

1817 – Museo Correr, Venice

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indigenous ethnic potteries – Maghreb and Central America

 

A diverse collection of tribal ethnic pottery art from Central America (Costa Rica, Panamá, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua) and the North African Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia).

 

Central America

 

Costa Rica

The remnant indigenous Chorotega potters of the Guanacaste/Nicoya region of northwest Costa Rica, since the pre-European contact era until present, continue creating their distinctive oven baked and painted (with natural slips) art pottery. Some of these Indian pottery pieces are re-creations of their ancestors’ archeological objects, while other objects are more contemporary, but always informed by their pre-Columbian aesthetic.

 

ceramic tripod 'chocolatera''pot Costa Rica

Ceramic tripod ‘chocolatera’ pot, Costa Rica

Galeria Namu

 

Vintage Chorotega Indians pottery handmade vase Costa Rica

Vintage Chorotega Indians pottery handmade vase Costa Rica

 

 

 

chorotega-handmade-pottery-vessel with bird relief figure

Chorotega Indian pottery vessel, Costa Rica

Galeria Namu

 

 

Mnkey motif ceramic pot PEFi ceramic

Monkey motif ceramic vase – PEFI Ceramics

Costa Rica

 

 

Carved mask with painting by two great artists of the Brunka Tribe don Ismael Gonzalez and his son Melvin Gonzalez.

Carved mask with painting by two  artists of the Brunka Tribe-  Ismael Gonzalez and his son Melvin Gonzalez.

Galeria Namu

 

Hand decorated, quality eco-tile. Made in Santa Barbara de Heredia,Costa Rica by Patricia Bedoya.

Galeria Namu

 

Beautiful-figurine-of-Ocelote-carved-in-Tagua nutOcelote figurine carved from Tagua nut

 

 

Brunka tribe-This spectacular Coatimundi figure made from balsa wood and the 'jícara' fruit shell. Painting by Paco Lazaro Fernandez and carved by his mother Loli Lazaro Fernandez

Brunka tribe-Carved wood Coatimundi figure with the ‘jícara’ fruit shell.

Painting by Paco Lazaro Fernandez and carved by his mother Loli Lazaro Fernandez

Galeria Namu

 

 

Boruca-pottery kiln,-indigenous-tribe of-Costa-Rica

Boruca tribe pottery kiln, Costa Rica

 

 

 

PEFI-Ceramics water jug with fruit decoration

PEFI Ceramics water jug, Costa Rica

 

Forest-Cat--Another-great-Brunka-mask-carved-and-painted-by-the-artist-Melvin-Gonzalez

Forest Cat mask- Brunka tribe – carved and painted by the artist Melvin Gonzalez.

Galeria Namu

 

 

Squat Ceramic-pot-with ancient motifs with contemporary design

 

Amerindian Pot with ancient motifs and contemporary design

Galeria Namu

 

 

Goblet Pair From the PEFI collection by Cecilia Facio de Figueres

Colourful Goblet Pair from the PEFI collection by Cecilia Facio de Figueres

 

 

model-of-a-ceremonial-grinding-stone - Chorotega-indigenous-art

Chorotega indigenous art collection –  A model of a jaguar ceremonial grinding stone

Galeria Namu

 

 

 

Costa Rica Pottery Vase w Etched Turtle Design Signed Mauro

Costa Rica Pottery Vase with Etched Turtle Design Signed Mauro

 

 

indigenous-Chorotega-pottery using-only-natural-mineral-slips

Indigenous Chorotega pottery figure using only natural mineral slips

Galeria Namu

 

 

Cherries cookie-jar-A-splash-of-tropical-colour-for-your-kitchen

Cherries cookie jar – PEFI ceramics

 

 

Female ceramic figure sculpture – Noble woman of Nicoya–Guanacaste

 

 

colorful-Sushi-Plate-from-PEFI

Colorful Sushi Plate from PEFI Ceramic collection. By Cecilia Facio

 

 

 

Chorotega-indigenous-art-collection--A-Jaguar-Pot

Chorotega indigenous art Jaguar Pot. Hand-made by talented artisans of this native group of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Galeria Namu

 

Traditional decorative plate by Chorotega Tribe - Costa Rica

Traditional decorative plate by Chorotega Tribe

 

 

Panama

 

 

carved-ivory-nut-hermit-crab hand painted

Wounaan carved ivory nut hermit crab, Panama

Galeria Namu

 

 

Hand carved owl sculpture

Hand carved owl

 

 

Wounaan handwoven basket features a carved tagua nut hummingbird hovering and feeding on its lid

Wounaan handwoven basket features a carved tagua nut hummingbird hovering and feeding on its lid

Panama

 

French-Angelfish-Figurine-tagua-sculpture Wounaan-tribe-of-Panama

French Angelfish Figurine tagua sculpture Wounaan tribe of Panama

 

 

Woven lidded pot with frog handle - Costa Rican Wounaan tribe

Handwoven lidded pot – Panama Wounaan tribe

 

 

 

Guatemala

 

 

Chimenea de barro - photo Rudy Giron

Chimenea de barro – Guatemalan Ceramic Garden/Patio Heater

Rudy Giron Photography

 

 

Flower motif coffee cup--Guatemala

Flower motif coffee cup–Guatemala

 

 

Carved jade sculptural head – Museos de Casa Santo Domingo

 

 

Mayan-ceramic-pot replicas-guatemala

Mayan ceramic replica -Guatemala

 

 

Terracotta Pottery,-following-old-Mayan-traditions - in Guatemala

Mayan pottery traditions in Guatemala

 

 

Guatemalan-basket-weaving

Guatemalan basket weaver

 

Guatemalan ceramic platter

Guatemalan ceramic platter

 

 

Honduras

 

Historically, the country’s most important handicrafts have been in the production of pottery and objects made of twisted, knotted, spun and woven plant fibers, especially ropes, baskets, textiles, and mats. The Mesoamerican peoples that lived in the Honduran territory at the time of the Spanish conquest, the Chortis, Chorotegas and Lencas, developed a highly sophisticated level of pottery, ranging from the simplest products for daily use to the most intricate ceremonial objects. The Lenca pottery arts is a testimony to the pottery tradition of Honduras and its activity is reserved for women in the community, popularly called loceras. The process of creation and painting is done by hand using old techniques where no artificial ingredients are used, the colors used favor organic pigments which are obtained through natural procedures. After a piece is molded, it is left for a few days in the sun and once dry, it is placed in an outdoor adobe oven.

 

 

-Lenca-contemporary-pottery-Honduros

Lenca contemporary pottery Honduras

Acta De Honduras

 

 

black and white Lenca pottery

Indigenous Lenca tribe pottery, Honduras

Galeria Namu

 

 

Lenca contemporary pottery Honduras

 

 

Lenca plate Honduras

 

 

Black and white lenca-woman-flower-vase_

Lenca woman flower vase

Carmentas

 

 

 

lenca black and white vase

Lenca black and white vase

 

 

Lenca contemporary plate – Alessandra Foletti

Honduras

 

 

Lenca-ceramic-bottle in black and white

Lenca ceramic abstract striped bottle

Galeria Namu

 

 

Honduros Lenca pottery adobe kiln

Lenca adobe kiln

 

 

lenca-vase black and white

Honduran Lenca lizard motif vase

 

 

Orange and black Lenca pottery vessel

Lenca pottery vessel

 

 

 

Honduras-Lenca-Pottery vase

Honduras Lenca Pottery vase

 

 

 

Indigenous Lenca pottery artist Maria Amgadalena

La Arada, Valle in Honduras.

 

 

 

Nicaragua

 

Handmade-Nicaragua Sgraffito fish motif pot Artisan San Juan de Oriente

Sgraffito fish motif pot Artisan San Juan de Oriente

Handmade in Nicaragua

 

 

Pottery Vase by Miguel Angel Calero Nicaragua

Pottery Vase by Miguel Angel Calero

Nicaragua

 

 

Sgraffito turtle  motif pot by San Juan de Oriente

Nicaragua

 

 

painted-plate-inspired-by-Afro-Caribbean-culture

Costa Rican ceramic plate

 

 

Maghreb

 

Algeria

 

In North Africa, wheel-thrown pottery made by men dates from the 7th century B.C. when the Phoenicians introduced the potter’s wheel to the Algerian coast. Handbuilt pottery made by women, including those from the Kabyle, an older, probably indigenous tradition, dates back 2000 years before the birth of Christ. Pottery and ceramics are handmade in simple kilns, and then painted using natural-made paints and dyes, applied manually by the fingers of the women who make them. This advanced and meticulous way of “finger-painting” pottery is a prized example of Algerian art made by indigenous artisans and fine craftsmen.

 

Kabyle (Berber) pottery double vessel from northeastern Algeria19th_century

Kabyle (Berber) pottery double vessel from northeastern Algeria

19th century

By cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

gargoulette poterie kabyle berbère ideqqi algérie kabylie algerian pottery

Kabylie Algerian pottery jug

 

 

Berber water vessel, with geometric motif - Kabylie, Algeria

Berber water vessel, Kabylie, Algeria

 

 

Kabyle peoples jar – Ceramic and pigment vessel with the head of an animal from Algeria

!9th Century

National Museum of African Art, Washington DC

 

 

Algeria,-Kabylia,-Kabyle-pottery in mountains

 

Algerian Kabylia pottery vessel

Photographer: Jeff Jones

 

 

Algerian-Tipaza-oil-lamp

Algerian Kabyle oil lamp

 

 

painted-terracotta-pot-from-Algeria-Kabyle

Handpainted Kabyle pot

 

 

Kabyle-(Berber)-Pottery-North eastern-Algeria

Kabyle (Berber) Pottery, Algeria

 

 

Algerian pottery - The-National-Excellence-Centre-for-Ceramics-in-Tipaza,-Algeria

 

The National Excellence Centre for Ceramics in Tipaza, Algeria

 

 

Morocco

 

Women’s pottery from the Rif, a mountainous area of Morocco,  whose roots go back to the Neolithic, is considered part of the World Cultural Heritage, due to its great anthropological artistic value. In the Taounate province, due to the risk of this tradition disappearing, the organisation Innovarte initiated a project aimed at preserving the trading and revival of all the repertoires of their crafts. It also included improving the women’s working conditions and enhancement of production techniques. Also the design of new collections are encouraged along with support for commercialization.

 

 

Pottery from the Rif, Taounate

 

 

 

Pottery-from-the-Rif,-Al-Hoceima

Terracotta pottery vessel from the Rif mountains, Al Hoceima

Innovarte

 

 

Women’s-pottery-from-the-Rif,-Taounate Morocco

Women’s pottery from the Rif, Taounate, Morocco

 

 

 

Rif pottery vessel

Rif pottery at Chefchaouen

Photo – David K. Edwards

 

 

Terracotta-pottery-from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Women’s pottery vessel  – Rif, Taounate

 

 

Women’s-pottery tea pot - Rif,-Taounate

Moroccan hand painted pottery vessels – Rif, Taounate

 

 

Female potter-from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Moroccan female potter from the Rif, Taounate

Innovarte

 

 

Chefchaouen,-Morocco's-Blue-Pearl - pottery vessel

Chefchaouen blue pottery vessel, Morocco

 

 

 

Lidded pottery jar from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Lidded pottery jar – Rif, Taounate

 

 

Rif,-Taounate female potters

Moroccan Rif  Taounate female potters

 

 

Moroccan Ceramics-of-the-Rif

Moroccan Ceramics of the Rif

 

 

Hand painted Pottery from the Rif in Morocco

Hand painted Moroccan Rif pottery

 

 

jade green Moroccan storage jars

Large jade green Moroccan storage jars

 

 

rif-alhoceima tea set

Moroccan Rif Al Hoceima tea set

 

 

Tunisia

 

The coastal town of Nabeul is an ancient pottery center in Tunisia.

 

 

Large baluster ceramic pots in Nabeul, Tunisia

Large baluster pottery in Nabeul

 

Traditional tunisian-pottery-dual-handles

Tunisian pot with geometric decoration

 

 

Dennis-Jarvis-flickr--Tunisian-pot with twin fishes motif

Tunisian pot with twin fishes and calligraphy motif

Dennis Jarvis – flickr

 

 

Vintage Jug-Vase-Nabeul-Tunisia

Vintage Jug-Vase from Nabeul, Tunisia

 

 

South-of-Tunisia-Village of Tataouine,-Tunisia

Village of Tataouine, Southern Tunisia

 

 

Duel fish motif platter Tunisia

Square twin fish motif platter, Tunisia

 

 

Amphora island of Djerba in TunisiaAmphora ovoid vessel, mosaic style twin fish motif

Island of Djerba in Tunisia

 

 

 

Vase-céramique.-Nabeul 1930's

Tunisian geometric design ceramic vase

Nabeul, Tunisia – 1930’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Africa Shona sculpture

 

 

Shona Sculptures - Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver photo Lorna flickr Abstract stone carved sculpture

Abstract Shona sculpture – Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver   photo Lorna flickr

 

 

The emergence of Shona sculpture:

 

Shona sculpture has been accepted as one of the most important art movements to emerge from Africa in the twentieth century, successfully combining traditional artistic beliefs with contemporary styles. The nascent “Shona sculpture movement”, which began in the fifties, has grown to be regarded as an art renaissance, as it had evolved, without hardly any sculptural heritage, into an art genre displaying vigor, spontaneity and originality in an area of Africa previously dismissed as artistically barren in the visual arts.
The Shona comprise over three quarters of the population of Zimbabwe, and smaller groups live in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique while Shona is the official language of Zimbabwe.

Shona sculpture essentially began in 1957 in the former Rhodesia when Frank McEwen, who had been appointed as the first curator of the new National Gallery in Harare, encouraged local artists to take up sculpting, by providing studio space, tools and materials. He had previously been curator at the Rodin Museum in Paris and had links with various artists of the time, including Picasso and Matisse, who ironically had both been influenced by African art. Frank McEwan recognized that the Shona peoples had a natural affinity with stone and an innate creativity, hence his desire to establish art workshops.

 

Chapungu-Sculpture-Park-shona sculpture

Shona sculpture – Chapungu Sculpture Park, Harare

The Shona artist ‘works’ together with his stone and believes that ‘nothing which exists naturally is inanimate’- it has a spirit and life of its own. They didn’t receive any technical training and had very little knowledge of art from the outside world, so as McEwan described, their work revealed “the images they bore in their souls”.
Bernard Matemera, one of the early sculptors in this movement stated: “The spirits are everywhere in the air, in the rocks. A rock is like a fruit – like an orange or a banana. You don’t eat them without peeling them first. It needs to be opened to be eaten. I open the rocks. The fruit is inside.” Frank McEwen encouraged a creative atmosphere of individual ‘drawing out’ rather than didactic art school process. In response, the artist’s’ instinct was to draw on their belief system and represent the spirit world through their art. Some of the artists believe they are possessed by a ‘shave’, a wandering spirit, who confers artistic ability, or by ancestor spirits with traditional talents such as carving. McEwen encouraged the artists to look inward, to find their so-called tribal subconsciousness and express it through their art.

 

Boniface Mushave-'The Thinker'-Serpentine,-2001

‘The Thinker’ – Serpentine sculpture by Boniface Mushave

Chapungu Sculpture Park, 2001

 

Another important development was in the 1960‘s when a sculpture community was established at Tengenenge by Tom Bloemfield on his farm in Northern Zimbabwe, near the Great Dyke, which is a rich source of good quality serpentine stone. This has now become one of the largest sculpture art communities in Zimbabwe.
In ancient Zimbabwe, between the the 11th and 15th centuries, stone was used extensively for building and for decorative purposes. Stone masons used hand hewn granite blocks to create precisely built ornate towers and enclosures without use of mortar. The Great Zimbabwe settlement, now a World Heritage Site, combined an aesthetic blend of carved natural rock formations and dry stone construction.

 

Female Shona sculptor Angasa-Amali----Tengenenge-Art-Community

Female sculptor Angasa Amali – Tengenenge Art Community

 

Thematic influences in Shona sculpture include the natural world and man’s relationship with nature, mythology, folklore, rituals and beliefs in ancestral spirits and other traditional esoteric ideals. The spirit world is often represented by a hole (‘negative space’) in the sculpture, forming a portal into another dimension. Spirits are usually conceived of as full of swirling motion, like a gentle whirlwind. Fundamental human experiences such as grief, elation, humour, anxiety and spiritual aspects are communicated in a profoundly simple and direct manner, quite often with an abstract form, to manifest a refreshing outcome.

Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona word ‘dzimbadzamabwe’ which has the meaning ‘house of stone’ and is the only country on the African continent that has large deposits of stone suitable for sculpting.The shona sculptors are fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose: hard black springstone, richly coloured serpentine and soapstones, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite.

 

‘The-First-Born’,-2005;-Gedion-Nyanhongo

‘The First Born’ – Gedion Nyanhongo

Height 11.5 inches – 2005

 

 

Nicholas-Mukomberanwa-Sculpture-Wise-Spirit abstract sculpture

Nicholas Mukomberanwa sculpture – ‘Wise Spirit’

mykist-gallery.co.uk

 

 

 

Woman-of-Wisdom_stone statue Nicholas-Mukomberanw---photo-Michael-Menefee

‘Woman of Wisdom’ – stone statue by Nicholas Mukomberanwa

photo Michael Menefee

Chapungu Sculpture from Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare, Zimbabwe, currently on exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens

 

 

Madora (Mupani-Worm) by Nicholas Mukomberanw

Madora (Mupani-Worm) by Nicholas Mukomberanw

mykist-gallery.co.uk

 

 

 

Zimbabwe Shona figure sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden

Gray Lensman QX! – flickr

 

Animal Spirit---Lovemore Bonjisi---Zimart Stone Shona sculpture

‘Animal Spirit’ —Lovemore Bonjisi

Zimart

 

 

‘Love is in the Wind’  Shona stone sculpture

Chapungu Sculpture Park

 

 

Boy-Dreaming-by-Sylvester-Mubayi - Green stone sculpture

‘Boy Dreaming’ by Sylvester Mubayi

Zimart

Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson

 

 

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

Loveland, Colorado

 

 

Colleen Madamombe Zimbabwe Shona sculptor

Shona sculptor Colleen Madamombe

Zimbabwe

 

 

In Harmony With Nature by Simon Chidharara A girl holding a bird sculpture

‘In Harmony With Nature’ by Simon Chidharara

Zimart

Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson

 

 

Colleen-Madamombe---Hello-h55cm A Zimbabwean woman waving hello

Colleen Madamombe – ‘Hello’

height 55cm – 21 inches

 

 

Ocean-Wave-by-Authur-Manyengedzo Black abstract Shona carved stone sculpture

‘Ocean Wave’ by Authur Manyengedzo

Zimart

Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson

 

Derek Keats-photo-gazelle and lion-sculpture

Gazelle and lion sculpture, South Africa

Derek Keats photo

 

Shona sculpture Me And My Messenger---Stephen Murenza

Shona sculpture ‘Me And My Messenger’ — Stephen Murenza

 

 

Edmore-Sango---Endless-Journey - abstract shona sculpture carved from stone

Edmore Sango — ‘Endless Journey’ 

livingstoneart.be

 

Itayi-Mupumha-'Ululation' absttact shona sculpture

Itayi Mupumha – ‘Ululation’ 

 

 

Edmore-Sango-My-Hair---springstone carved sculpture

Edmore Sango -‘My Hair’— carved from springstone

 

 

Shona-sculpture-in-the-gardens

Shona sculpture with matt and polished surface

 

 

Eyewitness'-by James Mapayi flat round face sculpture

‘Eyewitness’ by James Mapayi

 

 

From the Well---Lameck Million Shona sculpture of a woman carrying a pot on her head

Women carrying pot Shona sculpture ‘From the Well’ — Lameck Million

 

 

Eyewitness---Made-from-locally-mined-serpentine-stone-in-Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe serpentine stone Shona sculpture – ‘Eyewitness’ –  Gift Rusere

 

 

Ishmael-Chitiyo Reflection 39cm height

 ‘Reflection’ – Ishmael Chitiyo

39cm – 15 inches height

 

 

Keeping-the-History---Agnes-Nyanhongo Sculpture of a Zimbabwean lady

‘Keeping the History’ — Agnes Nyanhongo

 

 

James-Mbanda-Split-Head - minimal head sculpture

James Mbanda – ‘Split Head’ 

 

 

Shona female sculpture – Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

  photo Lorna flickr

 

 

Knowledge-Chanetsa---Watching abstract cubist Shona sculpture

‘Watching’ – Knowledge Chanetsa

 

 

Lorna-flickr---Shona-sculpture of a kneeling naked woman

 Kneeling naked woman Shona sculpture

Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

  photo Lorna flickr

 

 

Lovemore-Bonjisi---Humble-Man---springstone-45inches

Lovemore Bonjisi — ‘Humble Man’

Carved from springstone -45 inches height

 

 

Lovers in Passion-Shona Sculpture-from-Zimbabwe by Rufaro Ngoma

‘Lovers in Passion’ – by Rufaro Ngoma

Springstone Shona Sculpture polished with beeswax from Zimbabwe

mbare.com

 

Marching to a Different Tune by Zimbabwean stone artist Taylor Nkomo

‘Marching to a Different Tune’  – Cubist sculpture by Zimbabwean stone artist Taylor Nkomo

 

 

Micheck-Makasa Foetus stone sculpture

Micheck Makasa – ‘Foetus’

 

 

Nicholas Mukomberanwa (Zimbabwean, b. 1940), 'The Law Givers' 1998-1999; Indianapolis Museum of Art

‘The Law Givers’ – Nicholas Mukomberanwa (Zimbabwean, b. 1940),

1998-1999; Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

 

Reflections - Ishmael Chitayo Abstract sculptural stone bust

‘Reflections’ – Ishmael Chitayo

 

 

Onward-Sango-Cobalt-Thinking-cubist sculpture

Onward Sango Cobalt – ‘Thinking’

 

 

 

Proud Virgin---Stephen Murenza outdoor Shona sculpture

‘Proud Virgin’ —Stephen Murenza

 

 

Passion by Sylvester Samanyanga - black stone carved sculpture

‘Passion’ by Sylvester Samanyanga

 

 

Serpentine-marble-sculpture-representing-a-mother-and-her-child

Mother and Child abstract Shona serpentine marble sculpture

 

 

 

Proud-Woman-Walter-Mariga shona serpentine stone sculpture

‘Proud Woman’ – Walter Mariga

 

 

shona-artist with his sculptor-in-Zimbabwe

Shona artist with his serpentine stone sculpture

 

 

 

Shona family sculpture-Zimbabwe

Family and Child – Shona sculpture

 

 

Three Women Shona-Sculptures---Van-Dusen-Gardens,-Vancouver--

Three Women Shona Sculpture — Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr

 

 

Twin Females bust Shona-Sculptures---Van-Dusen-Gardens,-Vancouver-Lorna-flickr

Twin Females bust Shona sculpture—Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr

 

 

Spirit-Owl-by-Nicholas-Mukomberanwa abstract stone sculpture

‘Spirit Owl’ by Nicholas Mukomberanwa

 

 

Shona-Sculptures---Van-Dusen-Gardens,-Vancouver-photo-Lorna-Flickr

Shona sculpture—Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr

 

 

Stephen-Murenza, sculture-2012---Photo-credits-Paul-Hodgkinson

Stephen Murenza, sculpture-2012

Zimart

Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson

 

 

Shona sculpture—Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr

 

African_Art_Shona_Sculpture_-_Samson_Kurehwatira - female figure stone

African Art Shona Sculpture – Samson Kurehwatira

 

 

 

‘Standing Bather’ –  Shona sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden

 

 

Tafunga-Bonjisi-Shona sculptor

Tafunga Bonjisi – Shona sculptor

 

 

Tender Love-by-Walter Mariga Sculpture of an embracing couple

‘Tender Love’ by Walter Mariga

 

 

Together We Stand by Authur Manyengedzo

‘Together We Stand’  by Authur Manyengedzo

 

 

 

Tonderai-Marezva-Abstract---opal-stone shona sculpture

Tonderai Marezva –  ‘Abstract’ — opal stone shona sculpture

 

 

 

Whale sculpture by Munyaradz Jeche - Marc Pether Longman-flickr

‘Whale’ sculpture by Munyaradz Jeche

Marc Pether Longman-flickr

 

 

 

Shona sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden Gray-Lensman-QX!--female bust

Shona female bust sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden, Italy

Gray Lensman QX! – flickr

 

 

Shona sculpture of bird on boys head at Naples Botanical Garden

Gray Lensman QX! – flickr

 

 

 

Tri legged handpainted ceramic goblet from Zimbabwe

livingstoneart.be

 

 

Sources quoted –

 

Zimart

Guruve

 

 

 

 

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Mid-century modern interior decor design

 

 

Bitossi bull sculpture - lime green glaze

Bitossi ceramic bull sculpture

 

 

Phenomenon of Mid Century design

 

The development of Mid Century design was the result of a convergence of numerous artistic influences that began at the turn of the 2oth century. The shifting visual narrative included Brancusi’s brilliant streamlined sculptures, Alexander Archipenko’s constructivist forms and abstract sculptures from Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, and Osip Zadkine. All of these influential artists, who were working from Paris at this time, fed the evolving perception of how artistic forms could be presented and how realism could be re-interpreted. Picasso’s work with Braque on omni perspective cubist abstractions also contributed greatly to this perceptual re-adaption. Add to this the original surrealist works from Max Ernst, Paul Klee and Jean Arp and the refined designs of Bauhaus and Le Corbusier and you had a creative landscape that presented a plethora of possibilities. This heady mix of adventurist artistic styles paved the way and forced the hand of designers to be more daring. The ornate opulence of neo-classicism, rococo and other remnants of the renaissance was replaced with a re-modelled, simplified artistic reality that conveniently blended with the development of the industrial processes that allowed the evolution of mass production that was essential for the post war consumerism.

 

Fantoni red abstract vase with figure motif

Marcello Fantoni

Shapiro Auctions

 

Isamu Noguchi, Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, Guido Gambone and Carlo Mollino were some of the prominent designers that emerged from this era. Their designs featured clean lines that utilized the new production materials and were well conceived and highly innovative. The postwar gloom was lightened up with products featuring bold shapes and vivid colours to match the optimistic spirit of recovery and reconstruction. The modern look had a natural symbiosis with the contemporary architecture and decors that emerged in the 50’s and 60’s. Originally, the accepted design concept was for artistic products to be accessible to more people and to cater for smaller dwellings and to be lightweight and mobile, which translated well for the mobility of the emerging modern workforce. These timeless styles still look relevant today and is why the trend has endured. Many current contemporary designs can be associated with the innovations and aesthetics of this era. The inspiring bold designs of the Mid Century are a continual source of fascination and it’s easy to appreciate their desirability with collectors.

 

 

 

Brutalist ‘Argente’ wardrobe, 1968 – Paul Evans

Welded, painted, sculpted and polished aluminium, slate, painted wood, welded and patinated steel.

 

 

 

Italian-Vintage-yacht-motif-ceramic-set

Italian vintage ceramic set – red sail yacht motif

 

 

 

Mid-Century-Portofino-Abstract-Fisherman-Vase by Santi

Mid Century Portofino Abstract Fisherman Vase Signed Santi, Italy

 

 

mid-century-vase-jug

Mid century large vase with handle

 

 

 

Sakuhin A, Vintage Sculpture by Takiguchi Kazen

Sakuhin A, Ceramic Vintage Sculpture vessel by Takiguchi Kazen

 

 

 

Yellow, green and red vases - Porcelain Factory AS Ćmielów

Porcelain Factory AS Ćmielów

 

 

 

Bertil Vallien (Swedish, 1938), Glass Bowl with Sand Blasted Decoration

Bertil Vallien Glass Bowl with Sand Blasted Decoration

Swedish, 1938

 

Patchwork-sculpture-Paul-Evans metal abstract sculpture

Patchwork copper sculpture – Paul Evans

c,60’s

 

 

 

 

Harveys-on-Beverly-12.5inches-vintage-vase with face motif

Vintage 60’s vase

Harveys on Beverly -12.5 inches height

 

 

 

mid-century decor

Mid Century design

 

 

U-Keramik-vase,-1950s space age style

Sputnik space age U Keramik vase

1950’s

 

 

 

Vintage 60-70's Titano San Marino Vase Pitcher Italian Pottery Art Fat Lava

 Vintage Italian Titano San Marino Vase Pitcher

10 inch height – 60-70’s

 

 

 

 

Bitossi for Raymor Bull's Eye Vase vintage

Bitossi for Raymor Bull’s Eye Vase

 

Elspeth Cohen hand Painted Ceramic Vase for Lapid,

Elspeth Cohen hand Painted Ceramic Vase for Lapid

c1960

 

 

Anna-Maria-Consadori ARTE Antiquaraito DESIGN-Vicchi-vase

Anna Maria Consadori Arte Antiquariato Design Vicchi vase

 

 

 

Ceramic crow produced by the Ćmielów Porcelain Tableware Factory, 1961, collections of the National Museum in Warsaw

 

 

 

Bertil Vallien (Swedish), Kosta Boda, Janus glass sculpture

Bertil Vallien (Swedish), Kosta Boda, Janus sand blast glass sculpture

 

 

Bitossi vase, 'Rocchetto' line by Ettore Sottsass

Bitossi vase, ‘Rocchetto’ line by Ettore Sottsass

1956-59

 

 

Birthe Weggerby-abstract-plate turquoise and black

Birthe Weggerby

 

 

Lars Bergsten? – Mid Century Wall Plaque

 

 

 

Italy-San-Marino plate

Mid Century Italian San Marino plate

 

 

Bowl, designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden. with striped interior

Bowl, designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg

 

 

 

Bozo-puppet-marionet-Fish

Bozo puppet marionet Fish

 

 

Mid Century Carstens-Tönnieshof waisted vase

Carstens Tönnieshof waisted vase

 

 

Roger-capron_ceramic-fish sculpture

Roger Capron

 

 

 

Retro-futurist Bug Chair By Isak

 

 

 

Carstens-West-German-Pottery vase

Carstens West German Pottery vase

 

 

 

Chalvignac-Wall-Hanging-1960's-Canada

Chalvignac Wall Panel

1960’s Canada

 

 

Coffee service 'Prometheus'-(mold design Danuta Duszniak-1959)

Coffee service ‘Prometheus’– (mold design Danuta Duszniak, 1959)

 

 

 

Chase Modern Lounge Chairs by Engelbrechts---Crimson Plateau chair

Crimson Plateau chair  by Engelbrechts, designed by Erik Magnussen

2016

 

 

Danish Vase Zeuthen Keramik

Two Danish Vases by Zeuthen Keramik

 

 

Ceramic catproduced by the Ćmielów Porcelain Tableware Factory

Ceramic black cat produced by the Ćmielów Porcelain Tableware Factory

1958

 

 

 Porcelain bird figurine – Fabryka Porcelany AS Ćmielów

 

 

Easy chair PK-20 designed by Poul Kjaerholm

Easy chair PK-20 designed by Poul Kjaerholm

 

 

Edvin Öhrström Ariel Glass Vase,-circa 1958-glass vase with blue nude lady

Edvin Öhrström Ariel Nude Figure Glass Vase

circa 1958

 

 

 

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large footed vessel incised and relief decorated with figures in blue, copper, and brown glazed and textured surfaces

13.5 inches height ca. 1972, Skinner

 

 

Ettore-Sottsass-ceramic-vessels in black and white

Ettore Sottsass ceramic vessels

 

 

 

Carstens red luxus range handled vase reptile design by Dieter Peter ca 1970

Carstens luxus range handled vase  reptile design by Dieter Peter

 ca 1970

 

 

 

Exercice-de-Style-Han-Meilin bronze horse sculpture

Exercice de Style – Han Meilin

 

 

brutalist mid century bronze sculpture

Brutalist mid century bronze sculpture

 

 

Fratelli Fanciullacci---italian-vintage-pitcher

Italian Mid Century pitcher – Fratelli Fanciullacci

 

 

Fratelli Fanciullacci cylindrical horse motif vase

Fratelli Fanciullacci

 

 

Gilbert Valentin abstract motif black vase

Gilbert Valentin

 

 

Fratelli-Fanciullacci-urn-

Lidded jar – Fratelli Fanciullacci

 

 

German Ahr-Keramik Venedig Venice 50s art pottery vase WGP mid-century ceramicDesignclassics24

 Ahr Keramik Venedig Venice 50s art pottery vase WGP mid-century ceramic

Designclassics

 

 

 

 

Alexandre Kostanda Vallauris vintage vase

Alexandre Kostanda, Vallauris

 

 

 

 

Guido-Gambone--ceramic bottle

Guido Gambone–bottle

 

 

 

Guido-Gambone-vintage-vase - tall

Tall, slender ceramic bottle – Guido Gambone

 

 

 

vintage ashtray Guido-Gambone-

Guido Gambone

 

 

 

Gunnar-Nylund,-Rörstrand black and white ceramic fish

Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand

 

 

mid century ikebana ceramic vessels

Small ceramic planters collection

 

 

Italian-mid-century-ceramic leaf motif bottle

Italian mid-century ceramic bottle

 

 

 

Georges Jouve red glaze bottle

Georges Jouve red glaze bottle

 

 

 

Georges Jouve ceramic female figure

Georges Jouve. France

 

 

 

ES-Keramik-70s-West-German-lava glaze vessel

ES Keramik 70’s West German lava glaze vessel

 

 

 

Krösselbach-vase-(westgpottery)

Krösselbach ovoid vase

 

 

 

Lady with Flowers-André Minaux-1970

‘Lady with Flowers’ – André Minaux

1970

Analagous

 

 

Large Ceramic Lamp 'Sirène' by-Signed-French-Ceramist-Dalo

Large Ceramic Lamp ‘Sirène’  by French Ceramist Dalo

 

 

 

Sixties Italian vase

Vintage Italian vase

 

 

 

Michel-Anase bronze abstract insect sculpture

Michel Anasse bronze abstract insect sculpture

 

 

 

Marcello-fantoni wall plaque with horse riding warriors

Marcello Fantoni wall plaque

 

 

 

'The Warriors' ( Os Guerreiros ), known as Os Candangos by Bruno Giorgi

‘The Warriors’ ( Os Guerreiros ), known as Os Candangos by Bruno Giorgi

1959 – Square of the Three Powers, Brasilia

 

 

Pablo Picasso twin handles baluster vase

Pablo Picasso vase – Madoura

1953

 

 

 

Vintage 60-70' Scheurich-18 Lora Fat Lava Vase West German Pottery

Scheurich-18 Lora Fat Lava Vase West German Pottery

Vintage 60-70’s

 

 

Turquoise Peel chair from Varier Furniture

Scandinavian contemporary  ‘Peel’ chair and ottoman from Varier Furniture

 

 

Penguins,-project-porcelain--figurines in black and white

Penguins – Porcelany AS Ćmielów

 

 

 

Philippe-Laberterie-Abstrakte-Komposition painting

Philippe Laberterie

 

 

Pierre-Vandel,-1970 white leather contemporary chair

Pierre Vandel, 1970

 

 

Marcello-Fantoni ceramic vase

Marcello Fantoni

 

 

Pol-Chambost,-Sculpteur-vessel

Pol Chambost

 

 

 

Ruscha-vintage-plate with abstract motif

Rusch vintage mottled texture plate

 

 

Poul-Volthersu-orangr-segmented-seat

Poul Volther orange segmented seat and back take their inspiration from the phases of a solar eclipse.

Produced by Erik Jorgenen in Denmark

 

 

 

Sascha-Brastoff-Abstract-Series-bowl,-1950s

Sascha Brastoff Abstract Series tri  legged bowl,

1950’s

 

 

Rare Swedish Mid Century Mari Simmulson for Upsala-Ekeby Pottery Plaque

Swedish Mid Century Pottery Plaque by Mari Simmulson for Upsala-Ekeby

 

 

 

-mid-century-modern-ceramic-pottery---decor-milano---design-ferdinand-langenbacher

Mid-century modern ceramic vase – design Ferdinand Langenbacher

 

 

 

Stig-Lindberg-(Swedish-1916-1982),-Glaze-decorated-Stoneware

Stig Lindberg -Swedish Stoneware horse

 

 

 

Schiavon-italy-vintage-sculpture

Schiavon – Italian vintage sculpture

 

 

 

Stig-Lindberg incised vase

Stig Lindberg

 

 

Thierry Martenon-modernist-sculptures

Thierry Martenon

 

 

 

Vase-from-Accolay-france

Mid century Accolay vase

 

 

Vintage AK Alfred Klein Ceramic Vase German Pottery

Vintage AK (Alfred Klein) Ceramic Vase

Germany

 

 

 

Vintage-Bitossi-Italian-Art-Pottery-

Vintage Bitossi Italian Carved pottery Vase

 

 

 

vintage-Ikebana-planters collection

Vintage Ikebana planters

 

 

Vintage Mid Century Danish Modern Abstract Bronze Bird Duck Sculpture

Mid Century Danish Modern Abstract Bronze Bird Sculpture

 

 

Vintage studio Fischer biomorphic vase - with white spiral motifs on brown matt glaze

Vintage Studio Fischer biomorphic vase

 

 

 

Carstens-Tönnieshof-Fat-Lava-Vase red glaze

Carstens Tönnieshof Fat Lava Vase

 

 

 

 

Decor-Ghana---Designed-by-Heinz-Siery---1965

Heinz Siery—1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

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