Akiyama Yo

b. 1953


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Low smoke-infused (Kokutō) sculpture with hole at center and six squared-off arms, 1990
Stoneware
4 3/8 x 18 1/2 x 19 5/8 in.
Inv# 7627
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Artist Bio

Akiyama YoThere will be a show featuring the work of Akiyama Yo in 2015. Please check back for more information.

Akiyama's major concerns revolve around the physical properties of clay as a material and his exploration, through the manipulation of his medium, of the tension between surface and form, between the ordered and the organic. This direct relationship with his materials and commitment to experimentation and reinvention has made Akiyama one of Japan's most important contemporary artists. Currently he serves as the chairman of the ceramics department at Kyoto City University of Arts.

1953 Born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture
1972 Entered Kyoto City University of Arts
Studied under Yagi Kazuo and started to use black clay
1978 Completed postgraduate course in ceramics, Kyoto City University of Arts
1978-81 Taught ceramics to handicapped children at Zeno, a home for disabled children
1986 Became an official member of International Ceramic Academy
1988 Professor Kyoto City University of Arts (Currently chairman of the Department of Ceramics)


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Awards:

1984 Purchase Prize, Kyoto Art and Craft Exhibition (also in 1985)
1986 Yomiuri Prize, Yagi Kazuo Competition of Contemporary Ceramics
1987 Excellence Prize, Yagi Kazuo Competition of Contemporary Ceramics
1989 Ravenna Chamber of Commerce Prize, 46th Faenza International Competition of Art Ceramics
1992 Best Emerging Artist Prize, Kyoto City
1994 12th Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize, Kyoto Prefecture
1997 Japan Ceramics Society Prize, Japan Ceramic Society
2006 Excellence Prize, First Musée Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony- Free Creativity and Atypical Usage, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
2007 Merit Prize and 25th The Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize, Kyoto Prefecture
Enku Award, 4th Enku Grand Award Exhibition
2008 21st Kyoto Art and Culture Award, Kyoto Prefecture
2009 Grand Prize, 17th Mokichi Okada Award, MOA Museum of Art, Atami
2010 Excellence Prize, Third Musée Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony-Free Creativity, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
2011 Mainichi Art Award by Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper, Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions:

1976 Gallery Iteza, Kyoto (also in 1977)
1980 Gallery 16, Kyoto
1982 Gallery Maronie, Kyoto (also in 1983 and 1985)
1986 INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo
1987 Gallery Nakamura, Kyoto (also in 1996)
Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo (also in 1989, 1993, 1996)
1988 Shibuya Seibu Craft Gallery, Tokyo (also in 1991)
1998 Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo (also 2008)
1999 Contemporary Art NIKI, Tokyo
2004 INAX Tile Museum, Tokoname, Aichi
2005 Frank Steyaert Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
Gallery Kochukyo, Tokyo
2007 Essence of Clay – the Sculptural Art of Akiyama Yō, Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. at SOFA New York
2009 Art Court Gallery, Osaka
2010 Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels
2011 Tension and Transition – The Clay Language of Akiyama Yō, Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. at SOFA New York and JBM Ltd. Gallery, New York
2013 Art Court Gallery, Osaka (12/3/13-1/25/14)

Group Exhibitions:

1976 Sōdeisha Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto (also in 1977 and 1980)
1984 Kyoto Art and Crafts Exhibition, Kyoto Prefectural Culture and Art Forum (also in 1985)
1986 Clay - Image and Form 1981-1985, Ōtsu Seibe Hall; Yūraku-chō Art Forum, Tokyo
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, traveling exhibition in the U.S. and Eastern Europe
1987 Clay Sculpture from the 1950’s in Japan, Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
Clay Work '87: Ceramics and Space, Gallery Marione, Kyoto
1988 Shiga Annual ’88 Clay Work: The Repro-Action of Form, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
East-West Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Seoul Olympic Arts Festival, Art Center of the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea
1989 Contemporary Clay Work, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery
Europalia-Japan ’89 Ceramic Art in the Showa Era, Mons City Museum, Belgium
The 46th Faenza International Ceramic Exhibition, Faenza, Italy
1990 The Now in Japanese Ceramics- Messages from Artists in Kyoto, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Kyoto
The Game of Manners- Japanese Art in 1990, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
Japanese Clay Work Today, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Tochigi
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
1991 Metamorphosis of Contemporary Ceramics - International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, The Shigaraki Cultural Park
1992 NICAF Yokohama ’92, Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama
Ceramics of Japan: 100 Selected Products of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Mitsukoshi Etoile Gallery, Paris, France
Tōgei no Genzaisei (Presentness of Ceramics), Seibu Art Gallery
1993 Theory of New Classical Space ‘93, Murinan, Kyoto
Contemporary Ceramics 1950-1990, Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, Nagoya
1994 Art and the Inner Eye, Nagoya City Museum of Art, Nagoya
The Domain of the Medium, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Fascinating Contemporary Ceramic Art, Sōgetsu Art Museum, Tokyo
International Contemporary Ceramic Arts Exhibition, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto
Clay Work Exhibition, National Museum of Arts, Osaka
1995 Japanese Studio Craft: Tradition and Avant-garde, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
1996 The Expression and the Potential in Contemporary Ceramics, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto
The Suntory Prize ’96- Challenges on Forms, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
1997 World Triennial Exhibition of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Croatia
1998 Dialogue with Clay: The Spirit of Contemporary Ceramics, Rias Ark Museum of Art, Iwate
1999 Japanese Contemporary Ceramic Art, Museum van Bommel, Van Dam, Venlo, The Netherlands
Artisti dal Mondo, Faenza International Ceramic Museum, Faenza, Italy
2000 Craft in Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
Communication Party Volume 5, Art Life Mitsuhashi, Kyoto
Heroes of our Era, International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
2001 Exhibited and published, Leaders of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture, 2001, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki
The 19th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture 2001, Ube Open Air Sculpture Museum, Ube
Crafts in Kyoto 1945-2000, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2002 A History of Japanese Modern Craft, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
2003 Japan - Ceramics and Photography: Tradition and Today, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition 2003, Daimaru Art Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
2004 Katachi ga kiru (Cut by Shape): Japanese Modern Ceramics; Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
Confronting Tradition: Contemporary Art from Kyoto, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
2005 Transformations: The language of craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Alternative Paradise, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2005-06 Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Japan Society, New York
2006 The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Ceramics, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Kasama
Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition, Paramita Museum
First Musée Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
2007 Work from the Soil, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Enku Grand Award Exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition 2007, Daimaru Art Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
Forest of the 20th Century Art Exhibition, Aichi Prefecture Museum of Arts, Nagoya
Invitation to Modern Ceramic Art, The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
2008 Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
Tobi Art Fair 2008, Tokyo Art club, Tokyo
Second Musée Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony- Free Creativity and Atypical usage, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
2008-09 Contemporary Studio Ceramics: The Dauer Collection, California State University, Sacramento, University Library Gallery
2009 The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea/Adventure of the Fire, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea
21st Kyoto Art and Culture Prize Memorial Exhibition, The National Museum of Kyoto
10 Artists selected by Umehara Takeshi, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto; Kyoto Chūshin Museum in 2011
2010 The 17th Mokichi Okada Award Exhibition, MOA Museum of Art, Atami
Third Musée Tomo Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony- Free Creativity, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
Black Material, World Crafts Council, Mons, Belgium
SOFA West, Santa Fe, Joan B. Mirviss LTD.
2011 Ceramica Viva: I Ceramisti Giapponesi Premiati a Faenza (Japanese awardees of Faenza International Ceramic Festival), Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tokyo
Japanese Ceramics from Ancient times to the Present, Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Aichi
2012 Son et Lumière - Material, Transition, Time, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Earth & Alchemy, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
2012-13 The Magic of Ceramics - Artistic Inspiration, Museum of Ceramic Art, Gifu; Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, The Shigaraki Cultural Park
2013 Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo. Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Bamboo Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2014 The Betsy and Robert Feinberg Collection: Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Japan in Black and White: Ink and Clay (Asia Week New York), Joan B. Mirviss,
Ltd., NY

Selected Public Collections:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto, Aichi
Aichi Prefecture Museum of Arts, Nagoya, Aichi
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Everson Museum of Fine Art, Syracuse, NY
Faenza International Ceramic Museum, Faenza, Italy
Hagi Uragami Museum, Hagi, Yamaguchi
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki
International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
International Olympic Ceramic Sculpture Museum, Amaroussion, Greece
Keramion Frachen, Germany
Japan Foundation, NY
Kōriyama City Literature Hall, Fukushima
Kyoto Prefectural Government
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
Musée national de Ceramique de Sèvres, France
Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, The Shigaraki Cultural Park
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
National Museum of Art, Osaka
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Portland Museum of Art, OR
Prague Decorative Art Museum, Czech Republic
Shimane Art Museum, Shimane
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Takamatsu City Museum, Kagawa
Tokoname Board of Education, Tokoname, Aichi
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Ube Open-Air Sculpture Museum, Yamaguchi
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

References:
Gendai nihon no tōgei: Kinki I (Contemporary Japanese Ceramics: Kinki area) (Kyoto: Tankosha,1989), pp. 10-14.

Baekeland, Frederick, Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections (New York: Japan Society,1993), 184.

Fujino Kunio, Gendai nihon no tōgeika to sakuhin (The Contemporary Potters and Works in
Japan) vol. 2 (Tokyo: Shōgakukan, 1996), pp. 10-11.

Sasayama Hiroshi, ed. Towards a 20th Century Renaissance in Ceramics vol. 2 (Tokyo: Dōhoōsha, 1997), pp.209-236.

Exhibition Catalogue, Leaders of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture, 2001 (Kasama: Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, 2001), 119.

Exhibition Catalogue, Tomo Collection (Tokyo: Musée Tomo, 2007), 42.


Morse, Samuel C., Confronting Tradition: Contemporary Art from Kyoto (Northampton, MA: Smith College Museum of Art, 2004), pp. 34-41.

Akiyama Yō 1985-2004 (published by Akiyama Yō, 2004).

Earle, Joe, Contemporary Clay: Japanese ceramics for the new century (Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, 2005), pp. 60-61.

Steyaert, Frank, “The Other Side in the World of Clay,” Ceramics: Art and Perception no. 62 (2005), pp. 90-92.

Exhibition Catalogue, Akiyama Yō ten (Akiyama Yō exhibition) (Tokyo: Gallery Kochukyo, Akiyama Yō, 2005).

American Ceramics vol.15, no.2 (New York: American Ceramics Publishing, 2007) cover and pp. 42-44.

Danto, Arthur Coleman, “Visionary Ceramics,” American Ceramics vol. 15, no. 2 (Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2007), 18-50.

Hayashi, S., Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony- Free Creativity (Tokyo: Musée Tomo, 2010), pp. 63-67, cat.nos. 46, 47.

“50 persons representing Japanese ceramic art,” Honoho Geijutsu no. 112 (Tokyo: Abe shuppan, 2012), p.45.

Mintz, Robert and Joan Mirviss with Betsy Feinberg. The Betsey and Robert Feinberg Collection: Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century. Exhibition Catalogue. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 2014.

“Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo. Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Bamboo Art.” (MFA
Publications: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2013).

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