Overview

Revive, Remix, Respond

Now on view, Revive, Remix, Respond brings an exciting group of works by contemporary ceramic artists to the Frick. 

Curated by Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Dawn Brean, the exhibition showcased artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and techniques. Nineteen artists whose practice is informed by the past were invited to submit work that is inspired by, responds to, or relates to The Frick Pittsburgh’s collection. The selected works, all of which have distinct connections to our collection, made for an engaging installation exploring and illuminating the tensions and dualities between past and present.

The assembled artworks were simultaneously timeless and familiar yet unexpected. The visual vocabulary borrowed from the rich artistic heritage of the 2,000-year-old medium while illuminating diverse issues that range from the contemporary (environmentalism, cross cultural exchange), to the personal (memory, collecting), to the aesthetic (pattern, form, abstraction). The international selection of featured artists included Bouke de Vries, Stephen Bowers, Paul Scott, Caroline Slotte, Chris Antemann, and Evan Hauser, among others.

Program Information

Revive, Remix, Respond: Contemporary Ceramic Artists and The Frick Pittsburgh

Dates: February 17, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Location: The Frick Pittsburgh
Admission:

Free Admission

Revive, Remix, Respond coincided with the 52nd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts scheduled in Pittsburgh March 14–17, 2018. It was one of more than 80 exhibitions planned across the region to highlight the accomplishments of ceramic artists. The exhibition was in the French period room at The Frick Art Museum.

Featured Pieces

Bouke de Vries; Peacock 1, 2015; 20th century Chinese porcelain bird with 18th century porcelain fragments and mixed media.
Bouke de Vries; Peacock 1, 2015; 20th century Chinese porcelain bird with 18th century porcelain fragments and mixed media.
Caroline Slotte; Going Blank Again 2, 2016, reworked second hand ceramics
Caroline Slotte; Going Blank Again 2, 2016, reworked second hand ceramics
Justin Rothshank; Andrew Carnegie Platter, 2017; glazed earthenware. Image courtesy of the artist.
Justin Rothshank; Andrew Carnegie Platter, 2017; glazed earthenware. Image courtesy of the artist.
Robin Best; The Knight of the Lions, 2016; porcelain with on-glaze Xin Cai
Robin Best; The Knight of the Lions, 2016; porcelain with on-glaze Xin Cai
Steven Young Lee; Gourd Vases with Dodos 2018; glazed porcelain with cobalt pigment.
Steven Young Lee; Gourd Vases with Dodos 2018; glazed porcelain with cobalt pigment.
It's so exciting to see our historic collections activated by contemporary artists whose practice is inspired by the past. These objects consider the enduring appeal of the ceramic medium while opening a conversation between past and present.
Dawn Reid Brean
Curator
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