Betty Woodman's "House of the South," 1994-1996 in "Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art," Hayward Gallery, October 26, 2022-January 8, 2023
October 26, 2022 through January 8, 2023
Betty Woodman’s touring exhibition which began at the Stedelijk in 1996 also included another major work: “House of the South” (1994-1996). Measuring more than 13 feet high by more than 20 feet wide, this ambitious frieze evolved from Woodman’s “Balustrade Relief Vase” series begun earlier in the decade, here incorporating multiple three-dimensional vases atop ceramic shelves, surrounded by flat ceramic relief elements implying architecture, plants and other vessels. “House of the South” was presented once again a decade later in her retrospective exhibition, “The Art of Betty Woodman” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2006, the first time the museum dedicated such a survey to a living female artist. In his review of that exhibition in “Art in America,” Michael Duncan describes this multi-part installation as “the most daring work” in the show. In it, “Woodman sweeps away the idea some viewers might retain of vessels as cool, pristine containers. The traditional, feminine connotations of the vase, too, seem blithely toppled.”
“House of the South” is once again on view, this time in London in the exhibition “Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art” at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, now through January 8, 2023.
For more information on the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, click here.
To learn more about the 1990s show at David Kordansky, Gallery, click here.
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