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Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

FIRE! de Pury de Pury

Installation view of FIRE!, curated by de Pury de Pury, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2014

Press Release

Press Release

FIRE!
curated by de Pury de Pury
September 18 - November 1, 2014
Opening: Wednesday, September 17th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

(New York, NY) – Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present FIRE!, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics curated by de Pury de Pury. Displayed upon custom shelves designed by de Pury de Pury, the show features new and recent works by artists Flavie Audi, Jean Baptiste Bernadet, Cameron Jamie, Friedrich Kunath, Shio Kusaka, Young-Jae Lee, Andrew Lord, John Mason, Dan McCarthy, Mårten Medbo, Ritsue Mishima, Sterling Ruby, Thomas Schütte, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel and Ai Weiwei. FIRE! will be on view from September 18th through October 23rd, 2014 and is the first independent curatorial project from de Pury de Pury, a company headed by Simon De Pury and his wife Dr. Michaela de Pury.

The seventeen artists chosen for FIRE! represent a mix of veteran ceramicists, established sculptors, and emerging multidisciplinary artists. Each actively engages with the materiality of clay, glass and resin, and the process of the kiln, working with a wide range of techniques and incorporating distinct conceptual aims. Together, the works present a dynamic and diverse picture of how artists are working in ceramics today. Flavie Audi’s ethereal glass forms; Cameron Jamie’s gestural, amorphous mounds; Friedrich Kunath’s playful and seductive colorful seals; Shio Kusaka refined yet expressive pottery; Young-Jae Lee’s elegantly minimal urns; Andrew Lord’s roughly hewn and haunting sculptures; John Mason’s symmetrical, totemic sculptures; Dan McCarthy’s playful painted “Face Pots”; Mårten Medbo’s idiosyncratic and outlandish forms; Ritsue Mishima’s luminous clear glass vessels; Sterling Ruby’s tactile, crudely modeled sandal; Thomas Schütte’s utilitarian vase models; Josh Smith’s rough and irreverent small figures; Rosemarie Trockel’s abstracted and magnanimous colorful molds; Ai Wei Wei’s transformed ceramic ready-mades. The exhibition underlines ceramics place as an invaluable and inimitable medium in contemporary art, exposing the craft as transformative and intimately human, at once humble and uniquely expressive.

With their curation of FIRE!, de Pury de Pury continue their longstanding commitment to elevating the perception and value of ceramics and design. Phillips de Pury & Company, where Simon de Pury served as Chairman and Chief Auctioneer until his departure in January 2013, was the first to mix contemporary art with design. By integrating works by top contemporary designers and ceramicists into the contemporary art sales, de Pury begin to break down many of the boundaries between the so called fine arts and applied arts.

Over the last 10 years the overlap between collectors of contemporary art and those of design has vastly increased, design fairs have been scheduled to coincide with main contemporary art fairs, ceramics works have sold for record prices at auction, and major galleries have begun to represent top designers and ceramic artists.
 

ABOUT SIMON DE PURY

Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market. From 2000 to 2012 he was Chairman and Chief Auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company. Earlier in his career he was Chairman Europe and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide at Sotheby’s. He was also curator of the Thyssen–Bornemisza Collection that today is housed in it’s own museum in Madrid. Simon has been instrumental in championing the careers of many contemporary artists, photographers and designers. He has auctioned and secured a substantial number of the most legendary art collections for auctions and private treaty. At the beginning of 2013 Simon founded together with his wife Michaela, DE PURY DE PURY, a company specializing in private transactions of Impressionist, Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please email press@venusovermanhattan.com

Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 10
Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 11
Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 12
Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 13
Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 14
Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 15
Flavie Audi Bright Cloud 16
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 8
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 9
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 10
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 11
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 12
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 13
Flavie Audi Dark Cloud 14
Flavie Audi Piece of Sky 4
Flavie Audi Piece of Sky 5
Flavie Audi Piece of Sky 6
Flavie Audi Piece of Sky 7
Flavie Audi   Piece of Sky 8
Flavie Audi Supernova 1
Flavie Audi Supernova 2
Flavie Audi Supernova 3
Flavie Audi Supernova 4
Flavie Audi Supernova 5
Flavie Audi Supernova 6
Flavie Audi Trapped Ether 3
Flavie Audi Trapped Ether 5
Flavie Audi Trapped Ether 7
Flavie Audi Trapped Ether 8
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 31)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 75)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 122)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 126)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 127)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 128)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 181)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 194)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 205)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 228)
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet Untitled (Plate 234)
Cameron Jamie Compression Fracture Painting XX
Cameron Jamie Compression Fracture Painting XXI
Cameron Jamie MM
Cameron Jamie Personnage IX
Cameron Jamie Personnage X
Friedrich Kunath We Sailed Out Far, Maybe A Little Too Far 2
Friedrich Kunath We Sailed Out Far, Maybe A Little Too Far 7
Friedrich Kunath We Sailed Out Far, Maybe A Little Too Far 8
Shio Kusaka (Dot 64)
Shio Kusaka (Yellow 11)
Shio Kusaka (Yellow 16)
Shio Kusaka (Stripe 119)
Takuro Kuwata Blue Yellow-Slipped Kairagi Shino Globe
Takuro Kuwata Nasu-Shiobara Platinum-Drop Yellow Stone-Burst
Takuro Kuwata Platinum Kairagi Shino Triangle
Takuro Kuwata Red-Slipped Gold Kairagi Shino Ball
Takuro Kuwata Red-Slipped Stone-Burst Ball
Takuro Kuwata Sky Blue Slipped Platinum Drops
Takuro Kuwata Untitled
Takuro Kuwata Yellow-Slipped Ishihaze Pole
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase, 2006-07
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase
Young-Jae Lee Spindxelvase Nr. 33
Young-Jae Lee Spindelvase Nr. 36
Andrew Lord Sixteen Pieces.Touching and Holding
Andrew Lord Tasting
Andrew Lord Modeled Hands, the Bowery, August, 7 pm
Andrew Lord Bather in Healey Dell
John Mason Grey Spear
John Mason Vertical Intersection, Red
John Mason Folded Cross, White
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #83
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #85
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #88
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #89
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #90
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #91
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #92
Dan McCarthy Untitled Facepot #93
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Mårten Medbo Crowd
Ritsue Mishima Jomon Coppa
Ritsue Mishima Ninfa
Ritsue Mishima Serne di Stella
Ritsue Mishima Spin Soffiato
Ritsue Mishima Tre Gole
Sterling Ruby Basin Theology/Camp Karl Holton
Sterling Ruby Basin Theology/ROXI 30
Sterling Ruby Sandal (4828)
Thomas Schütte Untitled
Thomas Schütte Vase
Thomas Schütte Vase II
Josh Smith Untitled
Rosemarie Trockel Daily Trap
Rosemarie Trockel Stronghold
Ai Weiwei The Wave - 6
Ai Weiwei Oil Spills
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