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About Face
Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

February 02 through May 12, 2019

On view in the Atrium, Blackmon, Rushton Stakely, Richard, and Goldman Galleries


About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explores the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists. The exhibition will investigate how history and place inform the work of contemporary ceramists bringing 91 objects by more than 40 emerging, mid-career, and master artists from around the nation who work within a narrative figurative clay tradition. Creating both sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, the artists all highlight the human form as a way to explore issues relating to the body, to various cultural ties, and to ideas of the female/male gaze.

About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture will travel to 2 venues in 2020 after its tenure at the MMFA: The Art Museum of South Texas and the Figge Art Museum. It will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by Glenn Adamson and MMFA Curator of Contemporary Art, Jennifer Jankauskas. The opening of the exhibition is January 31, 2019.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

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Exhibition Preview

Sergei Isupov (Russian, born 1963; lives and works in Cunningham, MA), Exhale, 2016, paint on plywood, Lent by the artist and Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, Massachusetts

Andrew Raftery, installation view of Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York.


Cynthia Consentino (American, born 1962), Birdies II, 2015, ceramics, altered figurines, and mixed media, Lent by the artist and Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts


Judith Condon (American), Male Figure with Angels, ca. 1995, ceramic, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, Gift of Judity Condon and Connell Gallery, Photograph courtesy of the Mobile Museum of Art, 2003.18.10


Sean Erwin (American, born 1981), Red Skies at Dawn, 2010, porcelain and earthenware, glaze, and fabric, Lent by the artist


Gerit Grimm (American, born 1973; lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin), The Sirens, 2016, stoneware, Lent by the artist

Featured image:

Chris Antemann (American, born 1970), Land of Milk and Honey, 2009, porcelain, decals, luster, Collection of Ted Rowland, Dallas, Texas