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

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1953 Born in Shimonoseki city, Yamaguchi Prefecture
1972 Entered Kyoto Municipal University of Arts and Music
Studied under Yagi Kazuo and started to use black clay
1978 Completed postgraduate course in ceramics, Kyoto Municipal University of Arts and Music
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 Municipal University of Arts and Music (Currently chairman of the Department of Ceramics)

AKIYAMA YO'S art stands in stark contrast to the utilitarian nature of traditional ceramics. His sculptures are rather a manifestation of the very essence of clay. Harkening back to its geologic origin, his oeuvre reflects the igneous nature of clay–– formed during its swift cooling from volcanic magma. Akiyama's aesthetic perspective is that art is in a constant state of transformation, like the surface of the earth. Through his act of creation, he feels the energy trapped within the clay body is released.


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Awards:
1984 Purchase Prize, Kyoto Art and Craft Exhibition (also in1985)
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 Association Prize, Japan Ceramic Association
2006 Excellence Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony,
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, Shizuoka
2010 Excellence Prize, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony,
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
1986 INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo
1987 Gallery Nakamura, Kyoto (also in 1996)
Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo (also in 1996)
1988 Shibuya Seibu Craft Gallery, Tokyo
1991 Shibuya Seibu Craft Gallery, Tokyo
1998 Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo
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 Yô, Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. at SOFA, New York
2009 Art Court Gallery, Osaka
2010 Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium
2011 Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. at SOFA, New York

Group exhibitions:

1976 The 39th Sôdeisha exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
1980 Sôdeisha exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Kyoto
1982 Solo exhibition, Gallery Marione, Kyoto (also in 1983)
1984 Kyoto Art and Crafts Exhibition, Kyoto Prefectural Culture and Art Forum (also in 1985)
1986 Clay - Image and Form 1981-1985, Ôtsu seibe Hall; Yûraku-chô 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 Art, Gifu
Clay Work '87, 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 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, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Museum, Shiga
1992 NICAF Yokohama ’92, Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama
Ceramics of Japan: 100 Selected Products of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Mitsukoshi Ètoile Gallery, Paris, France
1993 Contemporary Ceramics 1950-1990, Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, Nagoya, Aichi
1994 Art and the Inner Eye, Nagoya City Museum of Art, Nagoya, Aichi
The Domain of the Medium, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Fascinating Contemporary Ceramic Art, Sôgetsu Art Museum, Tokyo
International Contemporary Ceramic Arts Exhibition, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto, Aichi
Clay Work Exhibition, National Museum of Arts, Osaka
1995 Japanese Studio Craft: Tradition and Avant-garde, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
1996 The Expression and the Potential in Contemporary Ceramics, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto, Aichi
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
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, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2002 A History of Japanese Modern Craft, 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 Gallery, Tokyo, 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 Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Transformations: The language of craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Alternative Paradise, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2006 The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Ceramics, Ibaraki Ceramic Art
Museum, Ibaraki
Ceramic Art Grand Prize Exhibition, Paramita Museum
The Musée Tomo, Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony,
Musée Tomo, Tokyo
Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century, Japan Society, New York
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, Aichi
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
2008-2009 The Dauer Collection, California State University, Sacramento, University
Library Gallery
2009 21st Kyoto Art and Culture Prize Memorial Exhibition, The National
Museum of Kyoto
The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea/Adventure of the Fire, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea
Takeshi Umehara and 10 Artists, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto
2010 The 17th Mokichi Okada Award Exhibition, MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Shizuoka
Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
Black Material, World Crafts Council, Mons, Belgium
2011 Takeshi Umehara and 10 Artists, Chushin Bijutsukan Gallery, Kyoto




Selected Public Collections:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki
International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
International Olympic Ceramic Sculpture Museum, Amaroussion, Greece
Keramion Frachen, Germany
Japan Foundation, New York, NY
Kôriyama City Literature Hall
Kyoto Prefectural Government
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto Prefecture
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
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
Prague Decorative Art Museum, Czech Republic
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture
Shimane Art Museum, Shimane
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Takamatsu City Museum, Takamatsu
Tokoname Board of Education, Tokoname, Aichi
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Ube Open-Air Sculpture Museum, Ube
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England



References

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

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

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

Exhibition Catalogue: Tomo Collection (Tokyo: Musée Tomo, 2007) p. 42
Gendai nihon no tôgei: Kinki I (Contemporary Japanese Ceramics: Kinki area) (Kyoto:Tankosha,1989) pp. 10-14

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

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

Linda Schlenger, “A Ceramic Artist and His Museum,” Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, (Spring & Summer 2010), pp. 8-9

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

Sasayama Hiroshi, Toh: vol. 62, Akiyama Yô, (Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin 1993).

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

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