Nov 14, 2013
(American, born in Norwalk, Connecticut, 1930 — ) is an American artist. Internationally recognized as one of today’s most important sculptors using ceramics, Betty Woodman's career began in the 1950s as a production potter with the aim of creating objects to enhance everyday life. Since then, the vase has become Woodman’s subject, product, and muse. In deconstructing and reconstructing its form, she has created an exuberant and complex body of sculpture. Its signature is its reflection of a wide range of influences and traditions and an inventive use of color. As she has written, "The centrality of the vase in my work certainly implies a global perspective on art history and production. The container is a symbol — it holds and pours all fluids, stores food and contains everything from flowers to our final remains." Many of these traditions Woodman has experienced first-hand as she has traveled extensively, finding inspiration in cultures around the world. As recently described by American Ceramics magazine "The dramatic and luminous effect of glazes attracted Woodman to ceramics, leading her to study at the School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University. She further developed her passion for clay when she moved to Italy, falling in love with Mediterranean art, a consequential influence for her work. Having a background in ceramics, it is easy to peg Betty Woodman as a craftsperson. However, upon taking a closer look, Woodman is hardly just that. She is an artist whose work hovers above the line of art and craft, drawing its power from both.
Nov 11, 2013
was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and has lived and worked in London since 1975. Her sculpture, video, drawings and installations have been widely exhibited throughout the world. Since 1994, there have been more than twenty solo museum and institutional exhibitions of her work, the largest and most comprehensive of which was a survey initiated by the Hamburger Kunsthalle that also traveled to Kunstmuseum Bonn, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, and the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (2004 - 05). Hatoum was Artist-in-Residence on the DAAD program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Deutscher Akademischer Austrauschdienst) in 2003-2004 and has since divided her time between Berlin and London. In 2011 she had solo exhibitions at Alexander and Bonin, New York and White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London. Recently, Hatoum had solo exhibitions at the Goetz Collection, Munich and Arter, Istanbul. (via Alexander and Bonin