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Garth Clark was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1947. In 1979, three years after arriving in the U.S., he and Margie Hughto curated the groundbreaking show A Century of Ceramics in the United States, the first survey of its kind, for the Everson Museum of Art. This exhibition resulted in the formation of the Institute for Ceramic History, known today as the Ceramic Arts Foundation (CAF), of which Clark is the director. Responsible for nearly 400 exhibitions, Clark is also the author of numerous catalogue essays, articles and books, which garnered him the 1980 Art Critics Award from the NEA.
Mr. Clark hasn't got a clue as to the 'art of the potter', which he has euphemised into the word 'ceramic art' to give it some sort of academic credence to fit in with the sinecure existence in which it thrives......universities!. Nescience is the operative word here! It is good to read books to know how people think they know, as Mr. Clark does in his pontifications. He argues from a 'fine arts' viewpoint which has nothing to do with the 'art of the potter'. Clay is merely the medium with which both 'art forms' work. Each has it's own aesthetic parameters. There is excellence and mediocrity within both! The critic, if he is knowledgeable, is there to extrapolate this. Bigotry is unforgivable. The trouble is Mr. Clark is still alive, and potificating his nescience! I am only too willing to help Mr Clark comprehend the quiddity of the potter's art if he cares to visit.
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