Clay is having a bit of a moment of late, with ceramics very much being on the creative agenda. In recent years, clay has moulded back into the realm of contemporary art as new generations of artists reshape this tactile medium in exciting directions.
In response, Phaidon will publish Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art, the first extensive survey of artists currently working with these materials. The latest addition to the 'Vitamin' series, the book will join mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture.
Featuring those suggested by a range of leading figureheads in the art world, including Iwona Blazwick (Director, Whitechapel Gallery, London); Udo Kittelmann, (Director, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin); Christine Macel (Chief Curator, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Artistic Director of 2017 Venice Biennale); Gregor Muir (Director of Collection: International Art, Tate, London); Nancy Spector (Artistic Director, Guggenheim Museum, New York); Sheena Wagstaff (Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), a wide range of talent has been highlighted.
Tapping into the trend towards making, exhibiting and collecting art made of clay, readers can enjoy the work of over one hundred artists – from Ai Weiwei to Grayson Perry, from Edmund de Waal to Sterling Ruby and Gabriel Orozco to Thomas Schütte – that have "pushed the boundaries of this visceral material".
Main image: Ai Weiwei, Coloured Vases, 2006, 51 Neolithic vases, (5,000–3,000 BCE), industrial paint, variable dimensions. Picture credit: Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio