Curated by Russell Panczenko with essay by Garth Clark. Published by the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
Softcover Exhibition Catalog, 172 pages. Fully Illustrated. 12 x 9 inches
Clay often connotes function and utility — think crockery, teapots and bricks. The thirty-five artists showing over 100 artworks in The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, use clay to build heroic figures, mimic riveted steel, and even riff on a classic tea set that’s anything but functional. The effects are as different as Judy Fox’s unnervingly lifelike figures and Edward Eberle’s tiny graphic porcelain vessels. Life and death, horror and humor, growth and decay, take forms as diverse as humanity itself. A beautifully designed book and a useful scholarly resource, this exhibition catalogue features all the artworks in the show. Includes an essay by Garth Clark and an interview with the collectors.