For much of art history, clay has functioned more or less as a craft object combining functionality with design. Its traditional relegation as the preparatory stage for bronze and other high-brow sculpture has held it back as a legitimate artform for centuries. It was not until Picasso, inspired by a visit to a pottery fair in 1946, embraced the tactility of the medium and opened the door wide for generations of artists to create art from earth. Almine Rech is bringing together a group of contemporary artists who partly or wholly incorporate ceramics into their practice. Artists such as Ron Nagle, Mai-Thu Perret, Anselm Reyle, Arlene Shechet, Rosemarie Trockel and Betty Woodman are set up against Modernist masters Picasso, Joan Miró, and Wilfredo Lam and demonstrate that through a variety of formal and material approaches clay can spawn an exhaustible creative potential. Here is one of Amy Bessone’s truncated female torsos in front of Mark Hagen’s glazed ceramic tile wall sprinkled with animal tracks. At Almine Rech through December 15