New Blue & White - discover contemporary interpretations of blue and white ceramics
Over the course of a millennium, blue-and-white porcelain has become one of the most recognized types of ceramic production worldwide. With roots in the Islamic world and Asia, and strong presence in Europe and the Americas, various cultures adapted blue-and-white, from the Willow pattern to isznik. Taking inspiration from global blue-and-white traditions, today’s artists continue the story, creating works that speak to contemporary ideas. They tackle diverse issues, ranging from the public (the political landscape, cross-cultural interchange), to the personal (family, memory, the act of collecting), to the aesthetic (abstraction, pattern, the role of decoration). “New Blue and White” explores the ways in which contemporary makers, working in ceramics as well as other media ranging from fiber to furniture to glass, have explored this rich body of material culture. An international selection of artists and designers is featured in the exhibition, and recent acquisitions of work by the ceramic sculptor Chris Antemann and fashion designers Rodarte are drawn from the MFA’s own collection.
The Collector, 2011
Collaborative Work at MEISSEN®
Chris has been working at the Meissen
Porcelain Manufactory in their artCAMPUS
for the past year and a half on a large scale
installation in porcelain titled, Forbidden Fruit: A Porcelain Paradise. In addition, she has produced Unique pieces and collaborated with Meissen Colleagues on some artCAMPUS Editions.
"It is a pleasure to work with the most skilled artisans in the field. There is so much to learn and improve upon, I am invigorated by the situation and feel that the possibilities are endless. The most challenging thing about this project is the overwhelming potential and the amount of ideas that I have for future projects.”
Chris Antemann Exhibits
KAMA - Sex and Design
5 December 2012 - 10 March 2013
Triennale di Milano
Triennale Design Museum presents KAMA. Sex and Design, a great exhibition about the relationship between eros and design. The title refers to the Hindu God of sexual pleasure, human love and desire. KAMA tries to deal with one of the more exasperated contemporary “ghosts”, but in the meantime the more removed.
The exhibition wants to investigate how sexuality incorporates itself in the things and makes them medium of knowledge. For the designers, but also for the users.
The heart of the exhibition is a survey, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, from historical, mythic and anthropological roots until today, with more than 200 among archeological finds, drawings, pictures, objects and artworks by International artists and designers. A wide and multi-faceted selection far from the easy stereotypes of pornography, “pruderie” or scandal: from Etruscan vases to Roman phallic amulets, from drawings by Piero Fornasetti to pictures by Carlo Mollino and Ettore Sottsass, from Mae West Sofa by Salvador Dalí to the amazing and provocative The Great Wall of Vagina by Jamie McCartney, comprising plaster casts taken from the genitals of 400 different women.
At the same time, in order to enlarge the points of view and have a choral and collective tale, 8 international designers - Andrea Branzi, Nacho Carbonell, Nigel Coates, Matali Crasset, Lapo Lani, Nendo, Italo Rota and Betony Vernon - deal with this theme and present their personal interpretation with brand new site-specific installations. www.triennale.org
Korea Ceramic Foundation
Chris will exhibit the first Paradise Chandelier made in collaboration with the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in September 2013. Visit their site.
Inspired by 18th C. porcelain figurines, Chris Antemann’s work employs a unity of design and concept to examine and parody male/female relationship roles. Characters and incidents build upon each other, forming a language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Classic and romantic themes get a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and festive celebrations set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold. Fine art photographer, Kendrick Moholt, instills the figures with their own lives via unique crops, perspectives and portrait angles that project the figures onto a human scale.
About the Author:
Kmoholt Enterprise, Oregon, USA
Kendrick Moholt is a fine art photographer who has also worked as a field biologist for more than thirty years throughout all seven continents.
For The Love Of The Figurine
The Porcelain Sculptures of Chris Antemann
through the Lens of Kendrick Moholt
Feast of Impropriety 2010. Special thanks to Dr. Richard and Yvonne McCracken
for loaning their piece for the exhibition
Antemann's "Feast", to be featured in F.O.O.D. exhibition
March 2 - July 7
F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) provides a thematic look at inventive modern and contemporary objects, handmade and mass produced, that have one of three objectives: to prepare, to cook, or to present food. It includes approximately 300 selections culled from the permanent collection of the Mint, loans, and new acquisitions. Artist Antoni Miralda of the research center FoodCultura, Barcelona, is co-curating and designing the installation.
For more info...
Chris Antemann's Lust and Gluttony
2008, MAD Permanent Collection
will be included in Bodies Speaking Out: New International Ceramics (working title) at the Museum of Arts and Design from September 24th, 2013 to March 23rd, 2014.
In recent years, the human figure has enjoyed a renaissance among artists around the world. Bodies Speaking Out: New International Ceramics draws attention to the power of the figure to convey strong emotions and to the accessibility of the ceramic medium. Through clay, the figure becomes the catalyst for addressing the impact of contemporary pressures that confront our society today. Each work, inspired by a personal incident or symbolic tale, expresses a deep emotional identity, contrasting societal, political, and personal views on themes such as anxiety, mortality, as well as memory and hope. The exhibition will highlight approximately 24 international artists, many of whom came to clay as painters, draughtsmen, or sculptors. Many of them have never exhibited in the United States. The range and quality of the works will make this exhibition significant, engaging and provocative. Following the New York showing, the exhibition will tour nationally to a limited number of museums. The exhibition is organized by guest curators Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Martin S. Kaplan, and Laurent de Verneuil.
December 1, 2015
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Chris Antemann returns to Bellevue Arts Museum with lavish exhibition Forbidden Fruit
Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN® is on view at Bellevue Arts Museum February 26, 2016 – May 29, 2016
Bellevue, WA—Sculptor Chris Antemann returns to Bellevue Arts Museum with Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN®, opening February 26, 2016. Employing her signature wit and formal references to classic Baroque MEISSEN figurines, Chris Antemann has invented a new narrative on contemporary morality through her one-of-a-kind porcelain figures in a setting that recalls the decadence of Boucher and Watteau. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons, and ornamental gardens set the stage for Antemann's twisted tales to unfold.
In 2012, Antemann was invited to partake in the Art Studio program of the legendary MEISSEN Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, Germany. While there she collaborated with MEISSEN master artisans on a series of limited edition sculptures, resulting in a grand installation that reinvents and invigorates the great porcelain figurative tradition, for which MEISSEN is renowned.
Using the Garden of Eden as her metaphor, Antemann created a contemporary celebration of the 18th-century banqueting craze. Inspired by MEISSEN's great historical model of Johann Joachim Kändler's monumental Love Temple (1750), Antemann created her own 5-foot version. Stripping the original design back to its basic forms, she added her own figures, ornamentation, and flowers, as well as a special finial with three musicians to herald the guests to the banquet below.
Accompanying the lavish and overflowing banquet table is a collection of smaller sculptures whose intimate vignettes entertain with playful scenes of dalliance and seduction. A massive 12-light porcelain chandelier will complete the lush atmosphere of the elaborate tableau, evoking the tradition of palatial porcelain rooms.
Antemann earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota and her B.F.A. in ceramics & painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and China. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, The 21 C. Hotel Museum, The KAMM Teapot Foundation, The Archie Bray Foundation, and the Foshan Ceramic Museum in China.
Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen® is organized by Chris Antemann in collaboration with Meissen®.
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