Zoom Gallery Talk
Tradition and Innovation: In Conversation with Wakao Toshisada and Wakao Kei
Recorded October 8, 2020
"Fathers and Sons" explores the unique nature of lineage and received tradition as illustrated through two sets of father-son ceramic artists: Suzuki Osamu and his son, Tetsu, and Wakao Toshisada and his son, Kei. To accompany the exhibition, we are hosting the second of our artist conversations, with Wakao Toshisada and Wakao Kei, on Thursday, October 8th at 5 pm.
Wakao Toshisada is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gifu prefecture whose masterful nezumi Shino (mouse-grey) functional work is decorated in the aesthetic of the Rinpa tradition. His son, Kei, however, experiments with bolder sculptural forms inspired by Nature that verge on the abstract and are covered in a range of craquelure celadon glazes.
LOUISE CORT, Curator Emerita for Ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
QUITMAN E. PHILLIPS, Joan B. Mirviss Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
CATHERINE WHITE, an accomplished American ceramist based in Virginia
WAKAO TOSHISADA, artist
WAKO KEI, artist
moderated by JOAN MIRVISS