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Exhibition: Ancient to Modern: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and their Sources at San Antonio Museum of Art / San Antonio, TX

01/17/2015 - 04/04/2015

Featuring the work of several leading artists like Takahiro Kondo, Eiko Kishi and the late Yasukage Kato, this exhibition will survey ancient tradition as well as new techniques in contemporary ceramics. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Miyashita Zenji, Ki no jooshoo; Rising Air, 2004. Stoneware and colored clay bands with clear overglaze. 19 ¼ x 12 ¼ x 6 7/8 inches. C.J. and Susan L. Peters Collection. Photograph by Richard Goodbody.]

Exhibition: Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Piedmont College / Demorest, GA

12/01/2014 - 01/31/2015

This traveling exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, is a masterful survey of diverse ceramic works from leading and up-and-coming-artists from Japan. This exhibition is co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

[Image: Atsushi Miyanishi: Blue-glazed vase with wave motif]

Exhibition: Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Richmond, VA

11/15/2014 - 03/29/2015

Through the wooldblock prints of Kawase Hasui, this exhibition explores the themes of nostalgia and longing — the search for individual and national identity in Japan during the early Taisho period, an era of dizzying social and cultural change. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Asahi Bridge, Ojiya, from the series Souvenirs of Travel II, 1921, Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957), color woodblock print, 14 3.16 x 9 7/16 in. René and Carolyn Balcer Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2006.291

Exhibition: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi at Asia Society Texas Center / Houston, TX

10/25/2014 - 02/15/2015

This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master. These works radically extend Noh’s transformation of souls across time and space, projecting them into new cultural and physical dimensions. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center]

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