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Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) Hardcover – March 27, 2012

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“The breadth and quality of the collection and the detailed entries accompanying roughly a quarter of the works make this volume an effective update and expansion of Clark’s American Ceramics: 1876- the Present…Recommended.”—Choice
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Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio are collectors, scholars, authors, and gallerists. Cindi Strauss is curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design, and assistant director of programming, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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  • Series: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300169973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300169973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.7 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a beautiful and precious work. This is a rich book for anyone interested in studying Ceramic Art History,there are well written and dense texts, the writers are great. There are the iconic names of Ceramics Art with spectacular and wonderful photos. This book is a reference for those who want to study ceramics deeply.
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A really handsome and well-produced volume, "Shifting Paradigms..." is saddled with a cumbersome title. "Paradigms" is a tin foil business/art word that is supposed to supply some glamour, but instead is remarkably overused. It's understandable, because Garth Clark and Mark DelVecchio (authors) have been crusading for ceramics for decades, trying to make pottery more sexy. But seriously, "transitions" or "progressions" would have worked as well and been less pretentious. After all, this is a book about the personal collection of two men who aren't the "pottery gods". So, maybe a less lofty title could have sufficed.

Ceramics have traditionally been the "humble art"... and generally throughout the text Clark and DelVecchio follow suit in their approach. They don't call themselves "collectors", preferring "custodians" instead. And Clark has been an art historian and author for decades, previously compiling the seminal 1981 book "American Potters". Clark's personal mantra for art books is that they should "be accessible without being dumbed down." To that I say, "amen." The writing in this book stays within those guidelines very admirably. Clark begins with a witty history of his involvement with ceramics, including his memories of a few eccentric potters and patrons. Clark and DelVecchio started collecting and dealing ceramic art when they met the legendary Beatrice Wood, who complained to them y about how poorly her pots were selling. Beginning by selling pots out of their home, Clark and DelVecchio went on to establish landmark ceramic galleries in Los Angeles and New York. They were also involved in a ceramic retrospective in the late 70's which was championed by the notorious critic Clement Greenberg.
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Not only a superb collection but in site on what two collectors love.
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