Andrew Lord

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

The arts/crafts divide is a vexed passage; painting and sculpture versus the potter’s wheel and the loom. Of recent decades the rancor that once marked these age-old oppositions has abated. Certainly, much contemporary art embraces crafts’ methods—think of the feminist coding of weaving so central to Eva Hesse’s sculpture. Conversely, while craftspeople may now be regarded as artists, convincing examples are rare. Peter Voulkos, who led the West Coast ceramics renaissance, comes to mind, and now, with this ambitious show, Andrew Lord enters the lists.

Lord is a master ceramist of intense personality. Eschewing the wheel, he has long found his impulsive hand guided by deeply experienced responses to internal forces such as breathing, swallowing, or hearing. His tactile identification with the very actions of squeezing and squashing—manifested as a near-regressed playfulness of fingers dragged

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