''The Ceramic Art of James Tower' by Timothy Wilcox - Book Launch

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''The Ceramic Art of James Tower' by Timothy Wilcox - Book Launch

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London W1K 4NB
United Kingdom
May 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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book launch

Gimpel Fils is pleased to announce the launch of The Ceramic Art of James Tower by Timothy Wilcox, published by Lund Humphries,
“James Tower was a unique figure in post war British sculpture and this is the monograph that we have been eagerly awaiting.  It presents his achievements with real conviction and will introduce him to the much larger world that his oeuvre demands”. Edmund de Waal

This is the first monographic study of James Tower who is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive figures in British post-war ceramics. Timothy Wilcox’s book provides an engaging and accessible narrative of Tower’s career, and demonstrates the range and quality of his artistic achievements. The book also provides a comprehensive visual document of James Tower’s work, incorporating a complete illustrated catalogue.

Uniting art, design, sculpture and craft, James Tower (1919-1988) consistently challenged the perceived limits of his medium, exploring the sculptural and painterly potential of ceramic forms. Tower had his first solo exhibition at Gimpel Fils in 1951, having previously studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the Slade. During the 1960s and ‘70s, he was Head of Pottery at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, and Head of Sculpture at Brighton Polytechnic. Work by James Tower can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; the Harris Museum, Preston; the South East Arts Crafts Collection, Hove and the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Timothy Wilcox is a consultant curator, lecturer and author. His previous publications include Shoji Hamada: Master Potter (ed, Lund Humphries in association with Ditchling Museum, 1998), The Art of Hilda Carline: Mrs Stanley Spencer (ed, Lund Humphries in association with Usher Gallery, Lincoln, 1999), Samuel Palmer (Tate, 2005) and Hiroshi Suzuki (Adrian Sassoon Contemporary Ceramics Glass and Silver, 2007).

Notes for Editors
  • The Ceramic Art of James Tower by Timothy Wilcox, with a Foreword by Antony Gormley
  • 176 pages, including 60 colour and 220 b&w illustrations
  • Published by Lund Humphries
  • ISBN: 978-1-84822-070-6
To coincide with the launch of this highly anticipated publication, the exhibition James Tower and Contemporary Ceramic Art will be on display at Gimpel Fils, 26 April – 9 June 2012. In this exhibition, Tower’s vessels, plates and sculptures will be exhibited alongside recent works by six contemporary artists in order to explore the varied approaches to ceramic art available to artists. Artists included in the exhibition are Caroline Achaintre; Gordon Baldwin; Ken Eastman; Edith Garcia; Nicholas Lees; and Martin Smith.