Foulem, Leopold L. (Ceramic Artist) & Bourassa, Paul (Contributor) . CERAMIQUES PAR LEOPOLD L. FOULEM: PHANTASSES ET SOUPCOUPES ("CERAMICS BY LEOPOLD L. FOULEM: PHANTASSES AND SOUPCOUPES") . Quebec, Canada: Musee D'Art De Saint Laurent, 2000. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 45 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful books on contemporary ceramic art ever published. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only that sold out upon publication. The book is now rare. An austerely elegant production by the Musee D'Art De Saint Laurent: Regular-sized volume format. White ribbed softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Art by Leopold L. Foulem. Essay by ceramic expert/scholar Paul Bourassa in both the French original and felicitous English translation. Printed on pristine-white, coated stock paper in Montreal, Canada to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Musee D'Art De Saint Laurent in 2000. Presents the ceramic art of Leopold L. Foulem, a standing member of the reigning Canadian triumvirate, Foulem/Mathieu/Milette. A movement unto themselves, they and their highly provocative and brilliant work are rightly seen as expressions of the singular, unusual, "queer" self, in all its performative gestures. For starters, their very choice of medium is not just epicene or unusual, it is defiant, asserting that the dominance of painting and sculpture is oppressive albeit ceramics are arguably painting and sculpture. It would not be wrong to describe the trio's work as "painterly" or "sculptural". "Their shared perception that they are outside of the artistic and social mainstream has helped drive them to create an aesthetically powerful and intellectually engaging body of work that is rooted in and critical of conventional art history, ceramic history, and contemporary culture" (David Kaye). This intellectual baggage aside, the pieces do speak for themselves: They are objects of beauty that will give enormous pleasure to anyone with an open mind and regardless of one's sexual identity, orientation, or preference. "In his obstinate, formal exploration, Leopold Foulem continues to dismantle the restraints imposed by the stereotype on ceramics to free it from the grip of reality. Those of us who view, contemplate, and analyse his work are left to decide on a response to this vital force whether to repress, satisfy, or sublimate it" (Paul Bourassa). An absolute "must-have" title for Foulem/Mathieu/Milette collectors. This title is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the finest living ceramic artists. A fine copy. . $30.00

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