SPECIAL FEATURE: Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists, October 2011
In partnership with Keiko Gallery
Written review of “Keiko Gallery” through interviews with represented Japanese artists who work in ceramics, lacquer, textiles and jewelry.
Keiko Gallery is one of the most appreciated art galleries in the United States that focuses on Japanese art, from ceramics to the innovative lacquer art, textiles, jewelry and painting. Founded in 2003 in Boston, MA, the gallery organized numerous exhibitions of world-recognized Japanese artists.
The special feature includes interviews with 10 artists represented by Keiko Gallery, and lots of images with their works. We took this opportunity because we want to introduce the Japanese contemporary art and craft to a larger audience around the world. It is an excellent chance for our readers to learn more from Japanese artists, to see how they think and how they imagine their works.
KEIKO GALLERY - JAPANESE ARTISTS
View images / Read all the interviews:
Niisato Akio, Ceramics - View his works
Kawabata Kentaro, Ceramics - View his works
Takeuchi Kouzo, Ceramics - View his works
Hayashi Shigeki, Ceramics - View his works
Tanoue Shinya, Ceramics - View his works
Fujita Toshiaki, Lacquer art - View his works
Murata Yoshihiko, Lacquer art - View his works
Jorie Johnson, Textiles - View her works
Takeda Asayo, Textiles - View her works
Mariko Husain, Jewelry - View her works
The feature was presented on Ceramics Now in October 2011, and was published in Ceramics Now Magazine - Issue One. Keiko Gallery has now closed its physical space in Boston and it is relocating all the activity online.
The new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Tanoue Shinya, KARA’11 - FU-g (Shell’11 - Eclosion-g), 2011, Hand-built clay, Sgraffito, 23 x 23 x 37.5 cm.
"I started the gallery in 2003 because I really loved contemporary Japanese arts and crafts and I wanted to work with the artists.
When I am searching for a new artist, I check the events in museums and galleries on the internet, and if I am interested in collaborating with them, I make contact. The people in the arts and crafts are connected in Japan, so once I knew several important artists, it wasn’t so difficult to get the contacts. Someone always introduces me to new Japanese artists.
I would like to do my best in promoting the contemporary lacquer art in the world. While ceramic and textile art experienced a modernizing transformation in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, the contemporary lacquer movement has developed more slowly and did not begin to flourish until the 1980’s. Since I know that there are many talented lacquer artists in Japan, I want to spread the seeds in USA.
And I am thrilled to be involved in this new stream of art history. I would have to say that there is a border between fine arts and the arts developed from craft, however I believe that the stereotype will be changed in the future. I am willing to work with the artists who are challenging projects which will not be forgotten.”
Keiko Fukai, Owner and Director of Keiko Gallery
Many thanks to those who helped out with the feature: Keiko Fukai, All the artists, Iunia Rațiu, Vasile Coroian.
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