Monday, July 4, 2011

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Where: Sackler Gallery

When: through July 5, 2011

This is a wonderful little show, an example of some gorgeous ceramics being made today. The vibrant colors are marvelous, and if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love bright colors in art. The example displayed here is typical of what you can expect.

The show is on the bottom floor of the museum, so much of your time will be spent getting down to it and getting back up to street level again. The exhibit itself is quite small and in a sort of hallway leading to the Ripley.

Contemporary ceramicists in Japan are using all of this wonderful color to designate the place of origin of their work. They are making larger forms and use larger designs than their traditional artistic forebears. The pieces are quite impressive, both in size and design. Two that particularly caught my eye were a blue and white bowl with just gorgeous cobalt blues, and a large vase, designed to imitate the look of sunlight on water - lighter colors, with lots of yellow, at the top, then darker colors, getting increasingly blue at the bottom. I looked at that piece for quite a while, in awe of the talent on display.

Verdict: If you've got time tomorrow, go see this show - it's very small, so quite do-able in a lunch hour and well worth your time.

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