The Ke Museum of Fine Arts in Shanghai has purchased Marc Leuthold’s Ivory Accretion for its permanent collection, following the exhibition “Encounter: Shanghai Contemporary Ceramics Experimental Art.” 24 Chinese and 8 foreign artists were invited to participate in the exhibition. In a press release, the exhibit was described as a collision of various camps in the evolving arena of avant-garde ceramics. Li Xiaoshan, Zhao Peishang, and Yuan Hong co-curated the exhibition.
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.
During New York Asia Week, March 13 through 24, a selection of Leuthold’s new ceramics is on display at Throckmorton Fine Art.
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.
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.
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.
Marc Leuthold is featured along with Dawn Clements in the Bates College Museum of Art exhibition Back and Forth: The Collaborative Works of Dawn Clements and Marc Leuthold.
The artists will discuss their collaborative process in a presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Room 104 of the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.
A reception in the museum, which is also located in the arts center, follows the lecture.
The exhibition runs through March 21. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the academic year.
Admission is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 207-786-6158 or visit the museum website.
Marc Leuthold discusses Torture, his 2013 installation at the Sydney College of Arts of the University of Sydney in Australia. Video produced by Doyle Dean.
The exhibition, Marc Leuthold, Sculpture, 1995-2010, surveyed the artist’s signature ceramic sculpture produced during the past 15 years. Museum Director Thomas Piché, Jr., curated the exhibition, which was accompanied by an illustrated catalog.
For his exhibition at the Daum, Leuthold created “Offering,” a multidimensional environment that transformed the museum’s largest gallery space into “a site of contemplation and wonder,” said Piché.
The exhibition ran Feb. 6 through April 25, 2010. More images can be found here.
Currently, Leuthold is in a group show at P.S.1. titled Irrational Profusion: Nicole Cherubini, Marc Leuthold, Joyce Robins, and Peter Schlesinger. “The works of these four artists produce a diverse contemporary dialogue on the traditional medium of clay. Through their incorporation of unconventional materials including rabbit fur, gold chains, and paint, as well as their references to painting, drawing, and sculpture, these artists share an interest in pushing the boundaries of and contributing to the medium’s possibilities.” This exhibition is in the First Floor Drawing Gallery from September 28 through January 21, 2008.