Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan
Dec 16, 2023 - Jun 3, 2024
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Radical Clay celebrates 36 contemporary ceramic artists—all women—through 40 stunning, virtuosic pieces.

Since World War II, women have made influential contributions to the ceramics field in Japan that have not been adequately recognized. This exhibition focuses on the explosion of innovative and technically ambitious compositions by such artists since 1970—a body of work which they developed in parallel with, but often separately from, traditional, male-dominated Japanese practice and its countermovements.

A ceramic sculpture in a the shape of a long women's skirt standing up by itself, with a gathered waist at top in purple and a sculpted twine belt. The skirt has multiple segments resembling different patterns of cloth, with metallic gold at the bottom, a black geometric pattern in the middle, and a teal band toward the top. Chinese-Brocade Ancient Skirt (唐織 裳), 2017

Both established and emerging artists with a range of styles are presented together to showcase their collective achievements and impact. Mishima Kimiyo (born 1932), Tsuboi Asuka (born 1932), and Ogawa Machiko (born 1946) began their careers decades ago and continue to produce groundbreaking sculpture that pushes the limits of the clay medium.
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