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Léopold L. Foulem, Juicy Banana

Léopold L. Foulem, Juicy Banana (1976), ceramic, found object, and mixed media [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Nov 6-Feb 14] Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem,
Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette

Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue WA – Nov 6, 2015-Feb 14, 2016

Richard Milette, Guasparre

Richard Milette, Guasparre (2000), ceramic [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Nov 6-Feb 14] Photo: Richard Milette

Richard Milette, Hydria 13-4165 with Hate

Richard Milette, Hydria 13-4165 with Hate (1994), ceramic and plaster [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Nov 6-Feb 14] Photo: Richard Milette

For its only U.S. venue, Camp Fires is sure to ignite discussions while it’s at the Bellevue Arts Museum, which is rapidly becoming a world-class centre for art, craft and design under director Stefano Catalani.

This exhibit grew from earlier displays of the survey at the Gardner Museum in Toronto, St. Mary’s University in Halifax and the McCord Museum in Montreal. Curator Robin Metcalfe used the term “camp” to mean several things: something hot (as in fashionable), something cool (as in appealing but unlikely) and something with a failed seriousness – like an old Joan Crawford film – to paraphrase Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp (1964).

All three Francophone ceramic sculptors are internationally recognized artists, but Foulem is particularly well known as a ceramics scholar, decorative arts historian and author, and as the leading authority on Picasso’s ceramics. Funny, phallic, kinky and often outrageous, these sculptural and found ceramics are used by the three Canadians as subversive tools to express sexual preference, chronicle same-sex desire, and record instances of the blurring limits of porn, kitsch and fine art.

Matthew Kangas















Léopold L. Foulem, Pair of Two Male Couples in Pseudo Rococo Setting

Léopold L. Foulem, Pair of Two Male Couples in Pseudo Rococo Setting (2012), ceramic and found objects [Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Nov 6-Feb 14] Photo: Richard Milette


 Sun, Nov 8, 2015