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Cover-Surveying and Testing the Foundations: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Taiwan

Surveying and Testing the Foundations: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Taiwan

Introduction:
In the development of contemporary ceramics in Taiwan, the 1981 Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Chinese and Japanese Ceramists is seen as a turning point. Besides serving a stirring educative purpose, it confirmed the independence of the ceramic medium as well as ceramics' function as a vehicle for conveying artistic concepts. The exhibition's influence was such that after its close, many other ceramic exhibitions and activities were organized, schools established formal courses in ceramics, and many private ceramic workshops and studios were built. It all gradually fermented into an artistic phenomenon of collective consciousness and creative action.

Through many hardships, Taiwan's ceramists reexamined the reasonableness and the values of Chinese plains culture as it had taken root in Taiwan, and they quickly embarked on a quest to explore foreign cultures and to absorb new influences. They read voraciously, while many of them were returning to Taiwan from study overseas and spreading their ideas. A tumultuous period in Taiwanese contemporary ceramics akin to the Warring States Era in Chinese history shortly ensued. Ceramics exhibitions in Japan, contemporary crafts exhibitions, contemporary ceramics exhibitions, the members of Yagi Kazuo's Sodeisha, the US post-war artist Peter Voulkos, and so on all had an enlightening effect on the forms used in the expression of ceramics, and on the underlying concepts. These people and events opened up a new stage in the evolution of contemporary ceramics in Taiwan. Through the positive and negative dialogue between tradition and modernity, the unique character of contemporary ceramics in Taiwan gradually emerged: surveying the limits of the properties of matter and testing the bottom line or the foundations of artistic thought.
  • Editor:Chiang Shu-ling
  • Publication date︰2009/07
  • Publisher︰Yingge Ceramics Museum
  • ISBN:9789860189483
  • GPN:1009801517
  • Paperback 27x27cm 96 p.
  • 1st ed.
  • Price:NT$500