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Art Diary

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

21 October 2022

This exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London (26 October–8 January 2023) brings together 23 contemporary artists who are rethinking traditional ceramic practices. With a focus on the eccentric, the display highlights ceramicists who use their medium to explore themes such as social justice and the body, or to escape reality altogether. Highlights include a range of characterful works by the Czech sculptor Klara Kristalova; drawing on folklore and mythology, her installation Camouflage (2017) features large-scale hybrid animal figures within a lush forest setting. Elsewhere, a monumental ceramic squid by David Zink Yi sprawls across the gallery floor; there are also fantastical works by Aaron Angell, reminiscent of hobbyist dioramas, and Grayson Perry’s familiar skewerings of British society in the form of his collage-like vases. Find out more on the Southbank Centre’s website.

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Aaron Angell

Pie #1 (2020), Aaron Angell. Photo: Andy Keate; courtesy of Rob Tufnell, London/Venice; © Aaron Angell

Grayson Perry

Women of Ideas (1990), Grayson Perry. Photo: courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro; © Grayson Perry

Beate Kuhn

Kakteenkranz (2008), Beate Kuhn. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo); courtesy Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum

Woody De Othello

Won’t Tell (2018), Woody De Othello. Photo: John Wilson White; courtesy the artist, Jessica Silverman, San Francisco and Klarna, New York; © Woody De Othello.