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"From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics"
2004-02-24 until 2004-08-15
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Dallas, TX, USA United States of America

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is pleased to announce From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics, a compelling exhibition that brings the finest of contemporary Korean ceramics in the largest comprehensive survey of works to come to North America. The exhibition also marks the first time a Korean curator has selected this number of contemporary ceramics from Korea for exhibition in the United States.

The power and enchantment of the exhibition is the wide spectrum given to the technique, subject matter, texture and color of the various works displayed. Nearly every aspect of ceramic art is represented from clean lines, smooth surfaces and established techniques to playful designs, modern perspective, and colorful, energetic forms that give new life to this traditional art form. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey through the past to the present; reflecting on the mountainous, rugged landscape of Korea to abstract geometric shapes of bold color and fresh designs that express the inventive spirit of Korean ceramics today. The artists in the exhibition range in age from 30 to 80 years old and come from many regions and schools; providing works that spotlight the distinct trends in contemporary Korean ceramics. They are internationally celebrated ceramists and many have participated in the World Ceramic Exposition in Seoul, Korea. Several artists have work featured in major museum collections around the world, such as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom; and The Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Korea.

The exhibition is presented in three groups: Work with Traditional Implications, Ceramic Sculpture and Individual Direction. The categories reveal a progression that conveys the development of contemporary ceramics in Korea. Many of the artists have developed new treatments using the traditional ceramic wares of Korean punch'ông (celadon ware) and Onggi (Korean earthenware). Some artists reference particular styles from the Chosun Period (1392 - 1910 AD) and the Koryô Period (918 - 1391 AD) in their work.

The curator for From the Fire is Ms. Cho, Chung Hyun, a ceramic artist, professor and former Dean in the Department of Ceramics at the College of Art and Design, Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. As one of the featured artists in the exhibition, she is inspired by the naturalness of the Korean Onggi method and incorporates this into her clay work. Her works are in the collections of The National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul; Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Korea; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, United Kingdom; and the Musée Royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz, Belgium. Scheduled tour dates for From the Fire are as follows: Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (July 2005 - October 2005); Honolulu Academy of Arts, HI (November 2005 - January 2006); Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA (February 2006 - May 2006); Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL (October 2006 - December 2006).

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