Poetry in Clay
If you have plans to be in New York this spring or summer, there's a soon-to-open show that looks like a must see. Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, co-curated by Soyoung Lee, will be on view at The Met April 7 through August 2011.
As you probably gathered from the title, the exhibition is comprised largely of ceramics on loan from a revered collection in Seoul, Korea -- pieces that are less well known to most of us in the West. Characterized by white slip and surface designs achieved through a variety of techniques including brushing, iron-painting, stamping, and incising, buncheong stoneware looks modern but actually dates back to the 14th century. Groundbreaking at the time, the ceramics grew out of aristocratic inlaid celadon. More recently, contemporary artisans have been reviving the style, so expect to see a few new pieces of pottery in the exhibition along with the historic treasures.
I'm on the lookout for a more comprehensive web feature to launch soon, but in the meantime, click here for details. And a small preview of the beautiful exhibition catalogue is available here.