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Dai Ichi Arts Shows Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics

Shigematsu Ayumi 重松あゆみ (b. 1958), Yellow Jomon, 2018, stoneware, H. 12.7 x W. 11.0 x
Dia. 10.4 in. (H. 32.5 × W. 28 × Dia. 26.5 cm.)

Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

March 1-30, 2022

On the occasion of the spring iteration of Asia Week New York 2022, Dai Ichi Arts will present an exhibition, Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Japanese Ceramics, showcasing a group of post-war, avant-garde sculptures that exemplify the creed of Yagi Kazuo, Yamada Hikaru, and Suzuki Osamu’s “Objet-Yaki”, or “Kiln-Fired Objects”. As such, this group of work will showcase the instrumental work of Yamada Hikaru, Suzuki Osamu, Hayashi Yasuo, Yanagihara Mutsuo, and the more contemporary sculptures of Miwa Ryosaku.

Tashima Etsuko 田嶋悦子 (b. 1959), Cornucopia 09-Y12, 2009, stoneware, glass, H. 8.6 x W. 16.5 x
Dia. 14.1 in. (H. 22 x W. 42 x Dia. 36 cm.)

Additionally, this group spotlights the works of several distinguished contemporary women sculptors who are part of a vanguard generation of highly influential post-war artists in Japan. For example, the radical works of Tashima Etsuko, Kishi Eiko, and Sakurai Yasuko, who investigate the use of light and color in their clay. On the other hand, the works of Ayumi Shigematsu and Suhama Tomoko explore form and surface as influenced by Suzuki Osamu and West Coast Minimalism. Meanwhile, Yuriko Matsuda, Shingu Sayaka, Kato Mami & others elaborate and explore surfacescape. The exhibition brings to light how female voices have understood the sculptural visual vocabulary & modernisms of the radical Sodeisha Movement.

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