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Akiyama Yō

"I make it a habit to seek out the invisible through the visible. My teacher, Yagi Kazuo-sensei, used to say, 'Even when you look at a mountain towering before you, pay attention to the structure hidden beneath.' 
Exploring that connection between the visible and invisible is one of the important pillars of my work."
AKIYAMA YŌ

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Considered one of Japan's most important contemporary artists, Akiyama Yō (b. 1953) has spent a lifetime exploring the physical properties of clay. His massive sculptural works have more in common with those of contemporary sculptors in other media than by other ceramicists, though he is unconcerned with how he is labelled. Akiyama disrupts the symmetry created by a potter's wheel in startling ways: by breaking off portions to reveal interior construction, or by inverting sections to create an
internal tension.

His sculptures invite close inspection and intimate engagement with the surface textures carefully shaped by the artist's hands. 

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Untitled T-196

2019

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

12 1/4 x 15 1/8 x 19 3/4 in.

Inv# 11731

$28,000
 

 

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Untitled T-198

2019

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

15 x 27 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.

Inv# 11733

$48,000
 

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Untitled MV-203

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

8 1/2 x 18 7/8 x 13 3/8 in.

Inv# 11790

$25,000
 

 

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Untitled MV-207

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating and slip with blue pigment 

6 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches

Inv# 11860

$8,800
 

 

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Untitled T-196

2019

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

12 1/4 x 15 1/8 x 19 3/4 in.

Inv# 11731

$28,000
 

 

Untitled T-198

2019

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

15 x 27 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.

Inv# 11733

$48,000
 

Untitled MV-203

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

8 1/2 x 18 7/8 x 13 3/8 in.

Inv# 11790

$25,000
 

 

Untitled MV-207

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating and slip with blue pigment 

6 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches

Inv# 11860

$8,800
 

 

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In 2015, Akiyama won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japan Ceramic Society. His works are in many important collections and museums in Japan and in the West, including: Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Ontario; Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii; Faenza International Ceramic Museum, Italy; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He was recently named Emeritus Professor in the ceramics department at Kyoto City University of the Arts. 

1953                Born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture

1972-78           Studied at Kyoto City University of Arts under Yagi Kazuo

1986                Became an official member of International Ceramic Academy

1986                Excellence Prize, Yagi Kazuo Competition of Contemporary Ceramics

1988                Designated Professor of Ceramics at Kyoto City University of Arts

1994                12th Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize

1997                Japan Ceramics Society Prize

2004                Confronting Tradition: Contemporary Art from Kyoto, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

2007                Solo exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD, again in 2011 and 2015

2008                21st Kyoto Municipal Award for Art and Culture

2009                Grand Prize, 17th Mokichi Okada Award, MOA Museum of Art, Atami

2011                Tension and Transition: The Clay Language of Akiyama Yō, Joan B Mirviss LTD

2015                Lifetime Achievement Award, Japan Ceramic Society

2016                Metavoids: The Ceramic Art of Yō Akiyama, Musée Tomo, Tokyo

2018                Yō Akiyama: In the Beginning Was Clay, Gallery Aqua, Kyoto City University of Arts

2019                Qatar Museums, Gallery Katara

                        Appointed Professor Emeritus at Kyoto City University of Arts

 

Works by Akiyama may be found in the collections of over forty museums in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and Australia.

"As a young artist, I felt something more fundamental, beyond human knowledge, something that goes deeper than individual preferences or thinking. I'd say it is something that I have been trying to put into forms with my own hands."
AKIYAMA YŌ

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