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An Art of Imperfection: The Beauty of Japanese Ceramics

May 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


For centuries, Japanese artists and collectors have welcomed the natural imperfections that emerge on ceramic vessels during the firing process. These pools of glaze, scorch markings, cracks and indentations are referred to as the keshiki (‘landscapes’) of a piece, and since the sixteenth century have been celebrated as adding new beauty, depth, and value to the work. For this exclusive roundtable, Japan House welcomes four distinguished speakers to discuss the unique and alluring aspects of Japanese ceramics: collector Gordon Brodfueher, ceramic artist Yukiya Izumita, gallerist Shoko Aono, and curator Hollis Goodall.

With one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary Japanese ceramics in the US, collector Gordon Brodfuehrer’s gifts are included in collections at institutions including LACMA, the Seattle Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Ringling Museum. Award-winning ceramicist Yukiya Izumita creates complex, layered work with warm, earthy textures out of his studio in his native Tōhoku. Gallerist Shoko Aono is director of New York’s Ippodo Gallery, which promotes fine contemporary Japanese craft-based art around the world. Finally, the discussion will be moderated by Hollis Goodall, an expert in both classical and modern Japanese art, who has overseen more than 275 installations of permanent collection and special exhibitions at LACMA since 1988.

This roundtable is a unique opportunity to experience four distinct yet connected viewpoints into the world of contemporary Japanese ceramics. Gain insight into the artist’s fabrication, methods of promoting and marketing by the gallerist, what catches a collector’s eye, and how the work is ultimately historicized. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


May 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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