Clay Pop in New York, NY

I so enjoyed the opening night of Clay Pop. It was such a thrill to see so many people not only at an in person art opening, but a show completely devoted to ceramics! I have now seen the show twice and will definitely stop in again before it closes on the 30th. The Wooster Street location is just around the corner from Jeffrey Deitch’s other gallery on Grand Street where I saw the Alake Shilling show.

The entrance of the Jeffrey Deitch Wooster Street gallery

The Clay Pop exhibition features 37 participating artists. Read this to learn how the show came about.

I know a show is definitely going to be good if you run into a Ruby Neri piece right as you enter. Neri is one of my favorite contemporary ceramicists. If you haven’t already, read this blog post from back in 2019.

Ruby Neri, Clay Pop, 2021
Ceramic, glaze
46” x 36 “ x 31 in

“Clay Pop documents the reinvention of ceramic sculpture by a new generation of artists. A medium that has often been characterized as more craft than art is now an exciting platform for formal and conceptual innovation. A medium that traditionally diverged from engagement with popular culture is now adding a new dimension to Pop Art.” (Jeffrey Deitch)

Gallery view when I went back for the second time.
Grant Levy-Lucero, TBC, 2021
26” x 12 1/2” x 11 in
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Untitled, 2020
Glazed ceramic
Various dimensions
Katie Stout, Untitled, 2021
Various dimensions
Diana Yesenia Alvarado, ¿Para dónde?, 2021
Glazed ceramic, gold, metal, brick, mortar, wood
Approx. 87” x 28” x 16 in
Bari Ziperstein, Dandelions and Squiggles, 2021
Stoneware, glaze
19” x 21.5” x 21.5 in
Woody De Othello, It Is What It Is, 2021
Ceramic and glaze
Overall: 54” x 19” x 19 in

I’m such a fan of Woody De Othello’s work, so whenever I get the opportunity to see it in person it is a real thrill. I first saw his work at Meridians at Art Basel in 2019. I also posted about his installation at SFO airport.

Brian Rochefort, Predator, 2021
Ceramic, glaze, glass fragments
17” x 16” x 18 in

I always love seeing Brian Rochefort’s work in person as photos do not do it justice. If you missed my post about the show I saw of his in Santa Barbara, you can find it here.

Jennifer Rochlin, Four O’Clocks, 2020
Glazed ceramic
33” x 19” x 16 in
Ryan Flores, Still Life Over Stained Glass, 2021
Ceramic, mixed media
35” x 31.5” x 31 in
Melvino Garretti, A Wonderful Life, 2020
Low-fire ceramic with glazes
11” x 9 1/2” x 10 in
Keegan Monaghan, Newspapers, 2021
Glazed ceramic
6” x 16 5/8” x 14 in
Seth Bogart

Hollywood Babylon, 2021
12” x 9” x 2 in

Valley of the Dolls, 2021
15 1/2” x 10 3/4” x 3 in

DRUGS, 2021
15” x 10 1/4” x 2 in

How To Get Rid of Pimples, 2021
12 1/4” x 10” x 2 in
Heidi Lau
Play I and Play II, 2021
Various dimensions
Sterling Ruby, MORTAR (7452), 2020 Ceramic
8” x 26 3/4” x 19 5/8 in

You might remember in an Art Basel post, some work by Sterling Ruby. At the end of 2018, and before I started this blog, I saw a wonderful Sterling Ruby exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design. Totally different was Ruby’s amazing installation at Desert X in 2019–my favorite installation at Desert X that year. I continue to be such a fan. Those shows were part of the impetus for me starting to blog. I am fortunate to have a chance to see so much art, and I love being able to share what I like.

I might not remember what I did last week, or yesterday, but I always remember where I’ve seen art that I like. I really enjoyed this exhibition.

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