I'm conflicted folks.
There was this post over at the NY Times, in the dining section no less (which I appreciate). Talking about a show of dinnerware called Eat Drink Art Design at the Museum of Art and Design.So great, recognition in The Times for ceramics. Awesome. I have a NY Times alert for Ceramics and let me tell you that it barely ever presents something new.
So it looks like a nice show, and there appears to be some nice work. My itchy grumpy finger goes off on two points, One, the names used to sell the show? Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, James Rosenquist, and Sol Lewitt. All fine artists, no doubt. And I know that famous names get butts in museums. Still a rub.
What really gets me is that the "traditional" ceramics people, Karen Karnes, Warren Mackenzie, Paul Mathieu, Beatrice Wood or Toshiko Takaezu. The work from those artist are from 1970, 1992, 1988, 1950-60, and 1947. Now, I'm not trying to deny these artist their due; but really, really??? The most current piece of craft is 18 years old. That teapot can vote. For Christ's sake, there is some nice, younger works, that fall more into the design/art realm in the show. So we know that the curators are looking around.
So what is the problem? Where is the respect and the representation? There are awesome pots out there that garner that kind of respect.
I have to ask.
Is it our fault?