ZOOM Gallery Talk
The Allure of Japanese Contemporary Ceramics: A Conversation with Pioneering Artists
Recorded November 5, 2020
Based on an exclusive launch event in Tokyo for The Allure of Japanese Contemporary Ceramics last year, we now open up that conversation with a new panel of artists and to share with a wider audience online. Singled out for their pioneering work, each artist has masterfully balanced tradition and innovation. As their longtime dealer, JOAN MIRVISS brings together these leading lights of contemporary clay for a very special conversation, which she will also moderate.
AKIYAMA YŌ is Japan's most distinguished clay sculptor and has been widely celebrated over the years for his groundbreaking work. He has received through his career some of Japan's most prestigious grand prizes.
KITAMURA JUNKO was featured in seminal American exhibitions focused on Japanese ceramics, which then travelled to museums worldwide. Along with her husband Akiyama Yō, she is currently exhibiting in our highly-anticipated gallery show, "Seen/Unseen."
KONDŌ TAKAHIRO was born into a renowned ceramics family in Kyoto but has quickly distinguished himself with bold new techniques and forms. His works are in prestigious international museum collections.
NAKAMURA TAKUO was also born into a ceramics family, but in Kanazawa. His modern synthesis of various styles has made tradition new again in surprising and very personal ways. He has exhibited in and is collected in many countries.
JEFF SHAPIRO, a ceramic artist based in upstate New York, studied Bizen ceramics with a Living National Treasure while living in Japan for nine years. He has exhibited internationally, and he has given workshops and seminars around the world.