The 35th Annual Edition of the ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) - The Art Show 2023 was held at the Park Avenue Armory, featuring 78 booths in the grand Gothic building. MoCA/NY sent a reporter to this year's fair to highlight ceramic artwork and we're pleased to present a list of seven galleries representing notable and established ceramic artists.
1. David Kordansky Gallery
Betty Woodman (1930 - 2018)
Betty Woodman's mixed media works are on full display at David Kordansky Gallery's booth. Woodman's colorful and playful deconstructed reconstructions showcase her brilliance and expertise in collaging clay, drawings, and paintings. Woodman's inventive forms and pioneering experimentations remind viewers why she was, and still is, considered a leading figure in the ceramic field.
2. James Cohan Gallery
Another remarkable ceramist who uses vibrant colors and painterly expressions is Kathy Butterly whose intricate, ornamental, petite sculptures were on display at the James Cohan Gallery booth. In addition to being featured at The Art Show, Butterly is currently exhibiting at the James Cohan Gallery (Nov 1-11, 2023). Make sure to visit the gallery at 48 Walker Street to see the incredible show spotlighting Butterly's work spanning from 1994 to 2022.
3. Yoshii Gallery
Yoshii Gallery presents White Porcelain, an installation with works by one of the most important artists in Japanese contemporary ceramics: Taizo Kuroda. The minimalistic and elegant forms "evoke an infinite world beyond the realm of earthly limitations" and illustrate Kuroda's mastery in expressing strength and simplicity.
4. Sperone Westwater Gallery
Bertozzi & Casoni
The Italian team Bertozzi & Casoni, shows new hyperrealistic ceramic sculptures at the Sperone Westwater Gallery booth. Brillo boxes full of trash, decaying eggs, watermelon rinds, and banana peels on plates and in bins contemplate modern-day consumption and waste - a criticism of contemporary consumerism.
5. P·P·O·W Gallery
P·P·O·W Gallery presented an incredible solo installation of fifteen ceramic figures and two ceramic wall pieces by Ann Agee. Agee's powerful Madonnas of the Girl Child series, subverts the canonical symbol by portraying the child as a female, scrutinizing the propagandistic use of the Madonna and Child motif. She masterfully uses a variety of techniques - incorporating pigment into slabs of stoneware clay, screen printing, spraying, stenciling glazes, and directly painting on the surfaces).
6. Marian Goodman Gallery
Tavares Strachan's new body of ceramic sculptures and paintings from his Galaxy and Galaxy Mandala series were exhibited at the Marian Goodman Gallery booth. Strachan's ceramic vessels with a human head atop illuminate overlooked histories and address themes of identity and belonging.
7. Thomas Colville -Fine Art Gallery
Elie Nadelman's small figurines were present at the Thomas Colville Gallery booth. Although two of the three sculptures by Nadelman are made of polychromed papier-mache, Two Women (the figures on the left of the image) is made of polychrome terracotta.
Ceramic art comes alive at the Armory Show 2023, a dazzling global art spectacle at New York City's Javits Center. Over four days, 225 galleries from 35 countries converge to inspire collectors, curators, and the public. Emerging and established artists come together for an unforgettable art experience.
MoCA-NY reporters Judith Schwartz and Ilsy Jeon embark on a ceramic adventure, navigating the mammoth arena, and unearthed 25 galleries embracing this medium. These galleries are on the Ceramic World Destinations map on the MoCA- NY website.
Notable and renowned artists such as Betty Woodman, Beverly Semmes, and Kim Simonsson’s works are on display with stellar examples of their signature styles. Mid-career artists such as Nicole Cherubini, Joakim Ojanen, Sana Mussasama and Roxana Jackson reveal new forms with refreshingly unsettling candor. Emerging artists were elected to show ceramic art for the first time. Browsing the range of expression at this year’s Amory, ceramic art is, no doubt, becoming a viable presence in the art venues of the world.