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30 Objects 30 Insights

30 Objects 30 Insights


Honourable Mention, Art Publication of the Year (Ontario Association of Art Gallery Awards)

Celebrating 30 outstanding objects from our renowned collection and commemorating the 30th anniversary of Canada’s national ceramics museum


The Gardiner Museum commemorates 30 years as Canada’s national ceramics museum with the publication of 30 Objects 30 Insights by Black Dog Publishing (London, UK). This richly illustrated book focuses on 30 outstanding objects from the Museum’s collection that represent its temporal and geographical breadth, as well as the universality of ceramics. Each object is paired with an insightful essay by the world’s great ceramics experts.“We are proud to highlight important objects in our internationally-renowned collection in this superb book,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO. “30 Objects 30 Insights features over 100 sumptuous photographs that bring our collection to life in a whole new way, revealing the vitality and range of the medium.Readers will never look at these beautiful objects the same way.”

30 Objects 30 Insights features pieces by such illustrious names as Meissen, Sèvres, Chelsea, Marc Chagall, Betty Woodman, Greg Payce and Shary Boyle. Corresponding essays are by a roster of scholars, curators and museum directors such as Dame Rosalind Savill, former director of the Wallace Collection (London, UK), Timothy Wilson of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford,UK), Dorie Reents-Budet, curator of the arts of the Ancient Americas, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Glenn Adamson, Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY).

“One of the key objectives of this volume of essays is to celebrate not only the Gardiner Museum’s 30th anniversary, and also to show the richness and diversity prevalent in current critical writing on historical and contemporary ceramics,” says Rachel Gotlieb, Chief Curator. “The authors’ perspectives offer important insights on why ceramics matter in everyday life. The lively and inspired insights share distinct points of view on issues of connoisseurship and making, social history and consumption.” Edited by Rachel Gotlieb (Chief Curator, Gardiner Museum) and Karine Tsoumis (Curator, Gardiner Museum), 30 Objects 30 Insights is now available at the Gardiner Shop, 111 Queen’s Park, and retails for $29.99.

The Gardiner Museum is grateful to the following sponsors whose generous support made the publication of 30 Objects 30 Insights possible: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation, The Radlett Foundation, The Hannon Family in memory of Janet Hannon, Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner, The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, The Macdonald Family Foundation, Alan Shimmerman, Michael and Tamara Root, the Ann Walker Bell Fund and The Helen E. Gardiner Fund.



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