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Beyond Yixing, The Ceramic Art of Ah Leon



Edited by David Wible. Published by Purple Sands Publishers. With contributions by Claudia Brown, Garth Clark and Jan Stuart. With 146 Illustrations, 87 in color including 3 full color panoramic fold outs.  Hardcover. 143 pages.

"With his installation sculpture Bridge: Illusion in Clay, ceramic artist Ah Leon has created a tour de force.  Garth Clark, in his essay in this volume, calls Bridge '...arguably the most monumental and mesmerizing work of trompe l'oeil ceramics ever made...' In his native Taiwan, however, Ah Leon is known not so much for creating installation sculpture as for pioneering an exquisite functional teapot style inspired by the Yixing ware of mainland China, and his contributions in this area have garnered him patents for his design innovations.

From teapots to installations, the entire range of Ah Leon is brought together here for the first time in one volume. The four scholars who have written the essays for this occasion provide a richly textured background, with both art-historical details and personal anecdotes which set the many facets of Ah Leon's work into clear relief. The artwork is lavishly reproduced with color photography and panoramic fold-out illustrations.  An illustrated appendix by Jan Stuart, curator of the Smithsonian Institution's exhibition of Bridge at the Sackler Gallery, details the various stages of Ah Leon's work on the four-year project as well.

Readers will find here new perspextives on Yixing ceramics, on the historical and contemporary interchange of Chinese and Western art and craft traditions, and on the diverse and highly individual contributiions of this singular artist."

-David Wible, editor

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