Matthew Darbyshire and the W.A. Ismay collection12. Oct - 26. Jan 14 / ends in 46 days The Hepworth Wakefield
MATTHEW DARBYSHIRE AND THE W.A. ISMAY COLLECTION
12 October 2013 – 26 January 2014
This fascinating project brings together one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary artists, Matthew Darbyshire, with one of the most significant collections of post-war studio pottery, the W.A. Ismay Collection.
William Alfred Ismay (1910 - 2001) was born, raised and lived in Wakefield and collected studio ceramics from 1955 onwards, with over 3,600 pots by more than 500 makers. The collection, bequeathed to York Art Gallery will be re-contextualized by contemporary artist, Matthew Darbyshire who will be creating an installation which physically supports the pots whilst situating them in a domestic environment. Using the architectural footprint of Ismay’s house and examples of the collector’s domestic furniture, Darbyshire will ‘raise questions around issues of taste, fashion and value in relation to the choices we are offered and that we make when selecting aesthetic objects today in particular, the objects we choose to co-habit with.'
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