In August 2020, at the invitation of artist and professor, Dr. Ljubica Jocic-Knezevic, Marc Leuthold participated in the three-week Marble and Sound Symposium – now in it’s 55 year. This symposium is held in a 150-year-old park enclosing mineral springs and studded with marble sculptures created in the last half-century. While there, in Arandjelovac, Serbia, Leuthold created a large marble sculpture with numerous apertures that reveal a collection of porcelain sculptures inside. The sculpture, his first public work of art, will be installed in the park in 2021. Many thanks to Symposium Director Katarina Perovic and stone mason, Ivan Djordjevic who were instrumental in carrying out an ambitious plan in record time.
Artist Slobodan Kojic began Terra Sculpture Symposium 39 years ago in a vacant brick factory. Kojic – a major artist – represented all of Yugoslavia at the Venice Biennale exhibition in 1999. Inviting six sculptors this year and similar numbers in previous years, Kojic’s team built the world’s largest terracotta sculpture collection – now housed in the Terra Museum. Terra, at the suggestion of artist Velimir Vukicevic invited Marc Leuthhold for a month of creation and artist fellowship.
Mixed media installation at Wutong Art Museum, Shanghai, part of an invitational group exhibition curated by Xiaodan.
ART LABOR Gallery is pleased to present the dual solo exhibition by American artist Marc Leuthold and Chinese artist Li Lihong. The exhibition is from September 21st to October 27th, 2019. The opening reception is from 6 – 9 pm, Saturday, September 21st.
Both artists are renowned in the field of ceramic art, yet distinct with their own unique atheistic. Entitled “Hand and Machine”, the exhibition is a conversation between the handmade and machine creation, as well as a conversation between the two artists exploring Eastern and Western cultural influences.
Marc Leuthold has a long interest in Eastern philosophy, and this eastern aesthetic is embodied throughout his creations. On the contrary, Li Lihong, born into a long family line of porcelain artisans tracing back to the emperor Tong Zhi in the early Qing Dynasty, has been focusing on exploring temporary porcelain under the influence of western pop art and consumer culture. Both artists are grounded within the cultural contexts of their upbringings, while searching for expressions through the other.
Through this medium of clay, Leuthold’s works are a play between the soft and hard, and the fluid and crystalline. An element of surprise occurs in his studio, sometimes yielding unexpected forms, surfaces and colors. This leads to re-invention and experimentation. Even when repeated, forms are inherently unique. His ceramic sculptures, most often, are discrete objects that are exhibited sometimes singularly and sometimes in dialogue with one another in installation environments. In these environments, the artist often incorporates other media such as wood, glass, paper, ink paintings, bronze and literary texts.
After years of hand making all his sculptural works, Li Lihong started experimenting with ceramic 3-D printing last year. Blending the cutting edge technology into his practice, creating artwork that plays with the new possibilities while testing its limitations is what intrigues him the most. Even with the machine, the seemingly unified sculptural form is still hard to find. With 3-D printing, each piece expresses its own uniqueness through inimitable “line prints”, upon close observation, the stereotypical notion of repetitiveness and uniformity dissipates, making us dive deep into and question the concepts of hand verses machine, monotony verses diversity, command verses free will.
Marc Leuthold has submitted a public art project proposal for the Museum in Zhibo, China. The scale is 10 meters in height, depending on client wishes. The proposal is a collaboration with Shanghai based artist, Qin Ling. Features include ceramics, glass, stone, bronze. steam and lighting.
Marc Leuthold has submitted a public art proposal for the high-end talent training center of the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, SIVA. The proposal is for two rooms, standard and deluxe, four plans total.
During New York Asia Week, March 13 through 24, a selection of Leuthold’s new ceramics is on display at Throckmorton Fine Art.
The site has been updated with images of recently completed work.
The 18-meter-wide sculptural installation, Spirit, is a combination of ink paintings and objects. Many of the porcelains depict silhouettes of women. A few of the discs depict the silhouette of Master Su, a leading ceramic 4th generation artist in Dehua, China.
Spirit is on display as part of the “Beyond Ink” exhibition at the prestigious China Art Museum in Shanghai until December 5.
Tsinghua University Art Museum (sometimes referred to as China’s Harvard) has organized a large survey exhibit of worldwide contemporary ceramics. The exhibit is titled “To Ideal Land of Ceramics” and includes about 70 artists with some foreign artists. Only three Americans are included. Accompanying the exhibition is a hard-cover catalog with many essays—the most important one, written by artist and Tsinghua Professor, Bai Ming. In his essay, Professor Bai divides the art into several categories. Leuthold’s work is included in the section “Appeals Beyond Form.” There are perhaps 15 artists in all included in this section and Professor Bai mentions four of them by name in the essay—including Japanese master artist Fukami and French master, Jean Francois Fouilhoux and American artist, Marc Leuthold. Mr. Bai characterizes the type of abstraction with which he associates Leuthold’s work as “a visual and psychological reconfiguration that embodies the fundamental essence of of the object in a lyrical fashion—while not necessarily related to the natural configuration of the object.” Professor Bai has written over 25 books and has exhibited in museums all over the world. His knowledge of contemporary ceramics is profound.
The exhibit opened on April 22, 2018, and so far more than 200,000 people have visited it. The opening ceremonies included speeches by 20 Chinese scholars and leaders and foreign experts. The ceremonies were reported by over 50 news outlets in China.
Throckmorton Fine Arts in New York City represents Leuthold’s work in the USA. They currently have a group of Leuthold sculptures on view in the gallery. They are located at 145 East 57th Street, 3rd floor. Phone number: (212) 223-1059.
Marc Leuthold’s work will be featured at Throckmorton Fine Art during Asia Week, March 15-24, 2018.
In 2017, Leuthold was awarded a three month Blanc de Chine Fellowship by Yishu-8 Foundation, the Franco-Sino organization recently honored by French President Emmanuel Macron. With support from Yishu-8, Leuthold worked at the Wanqi Art Center and the factory of Master Yen Songliu in Dehua, China. Leuthold created Spirit 1 and 2 and related pieces during his stay. Subsequently, Yishu-8 judges included Spirit 2 in an exhibition at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France. The jury of the Blanc de Chine International Biennial Competition awarded Spirit 2 with second prize, 30,000 euros. Spirit 2 is now in Beijing at Foundation headquarters along with the other award winning pieces.
Marc Leuthold’s show at Gallery Marianne Heller in Heidelberg, Germany was recently reviewed in New Ceramics.
In 2017, Marc Leuthold spent three summer months as the awardee of a Blanc de Chine Artist’s Residency at the Wanqi Art Center. The award was sponsored by the Yishu-8 Foundation and Adam Yu of Beijing. Leuthold was nominated for the residency by artist and Dean Baiming of Tsinghua University, Beijing. Leuthold made sculptures, and an installation titled Esprit, and a video that documents the Esprit installation. The installation was created in the studio and with the cooperation of Song Liu Yen in Dehua, China.
Marc Leuthold’s work is featured along with that of Peter Callas at Gallery Marianne Heller in Heidelberg, Germany from July 10 to September 4, 2016. An essay by Dr. Walter Lokau accompanies the exhibition.
New Ceramics interview in September/October 2015 issue.
On July 30th and 31st, the Werkschule-Werkstatt für Kunst und Kulturarbeit (an art school) in Oldenburg, Germany, will host Marc Leuthold’s masterclass and demonstration/lecture. This event is part of the so-called “Portrait” program and coincides with Leuthold’s exhibit at the Oldenburg Museum of Art and the Ceramics Market. Ceramicist Martin McWilliam will also be presenting. Please drop by if you are in the area.