2011年10月15日

Successful Heidelberg Exhibition, End of Mihara Show, Kaneko Kenji's Departure

Perhaps I failed to mention the other day that we had just completed a successful exhibition in Heidelberg with our partner/friend gallery Marianne Heller for the second straight year.

This year again featured an eclectic group of 4 very different artists: Nakamura Takuo (中村卓夫 Kanazawa, enamelled stoneware), Takagaki Atsushi (高垣篤 Yokohama, scarlet celadon), Kako Katsumi (加古勝己 Tamba, stoneware with pigments), and Imada Yoko (今田陽子 Nagoya, porcelain with glaze/cobalt).

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Kako Katsumi

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Nakamura Takuo

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Imada Yoko

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Takagaki Atsushi

The entire show can be viewed at the link herein.

Our Mihara Ken (三原研) show with Joan Mirviss is also about to close. If you haven't had a chance to see his new works, and if you happen to be in Manhattan this month, please do stop by.

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Mihara Ken

With renewed scares of radiation in Tokyo, my wife and child are now spending the majority of their time in Kansai, which leaves me to cope for myself in Tokyo. Tough times that tear families apart, for sure. But this is the least we can do for our baby daughter, who is still 1 1/2 years old.

Sorry for these random string of announcements - I'm currently working on stream-of-consciousness mode. Kaneko Kenji, the famous (infamous?) current director of the Ibaraki Ceramics Museum, actually was removed from his post as the Editor in Chief at the Japan Ceramics Society's monthly Tohsetsu for his article criticising the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition. It's hard to believe that Kaneko-san had to resign, esp. as he ruled virtually unchallenged until now in the JCS, for bad or worse. However, I actually sympathise with Kaneko-san in regards to his comments. Japan has a strange way of eliminating opposition or dissent, which is hardly beneficial or constructive to nurture dialogue in regards to various subjects that are undoubtedly open to debate and far from definitive. His comments, although harsh, should have been either lauded or simply debated upon with constructive criticism. Unfortunatety, such was not the case.

In any case, let's simply hope for better pundits in general.

From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Yufuku
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