Yamada Hikaru

1923 - 2001


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Black Wind, 1983
Smoke-infused stoneware
12 1/4 x 24 x 3 in.
Inv# 8523
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Artist Bio

1923 Born in Tokyo
Family moved to Gifu after Kantō Earthquake
1942 Graduated from Gifu Prefectural Middle School
1943-45 Entered Kyoto Craft School (Kyoto National Institute for Crafts and Textiles) and studied ceramics
1945 Met Yagi Kazuo
1946 Participated in organizing Young Pottery-makers’ Collective
1948 Co-founded Sōdeisha
1956 Organized Contemporary Crafts Association
1962 Opened Mon Kōbō (Corner Workshop) for utilitarian ware with Yagi Kazuo
1963 Participated in organizing Kyoto Craft Association
1979 Appointed professor at Osaka Art University (retired in 1994)
Became an official member of International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)
1990 Appointed chair of Osaka Art University, Craft Department


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Awards:

1948 Kyōten Prize at the 4th Kyōten exhibition
Shinshō Award at the 2nd Shinshō Arts and Craft Association Competition
1950 Shinshō Award at the 4th Shinshō Arts and Craft Association Competition
1961 Japan Ceramic Society Award
1995 Kyoto City Award for Cultural Merit
1998 Eleventh Kyoto Art and Culture Award
2000 Awarded Honorary Citizen of Gifu City
2002 Twentieth Kyoto Prefectural Special Award for Distinguished Cultural Service
First Enkū Prize from Gifu Prefecture (awarded posthumously)

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1957 Muramatsu Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
1967 Sei Art and Craft Gallery, Tokyo
1976 Asahi Gallery, Kyoto
1981 Isetan Gallery, Shinjuku (also in 91)
Gallery Nakamura, Kyoto (also in 87, 91)
Seibu Art Gallery, Tokyo
1983 Naniwa Gallery, Osaka
1985 Sei Gallery, Roppongi, Tokyo
1987 Toa Road Gallery, Kobe
1988 Gallery Mori, Ginza, Tokyo (also in 1994)
1990 Yamada Hikaru Clay Works, Gallery Yamaguchi, Osaka
1999-00 Yamada Hikaru––tō no shirushi (Hikaru Yamada Exhibition
Claywork Being), Itami City Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
2000 Masuda Studio, Tokyo


Selected Group Exhibitions:

1945 First Kyōten exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1946 First Nitten exhibition, Tokyo Prefectural Museum (also in 1947)
Second Kyōten exhibition, Kyoto National Museum
1947 Young Pottery-makers’ Collective exhibition (three times until 1948)
1948 First Sōdeisha exhibition, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
1950 4th Kyōten exhibition, Kyoto National Museum
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Exhibition, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
1951 Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Exhibition, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza
1952 Suzuki Osamu and Yamada Hikaru exhibition, Kyoto-fu Gallery
1955 Suzuki Osamu and Yamada Hikaru exhibition, Mimatsu Shobō Gallery, Tokyo
1962 Third International Academy of Ceramic exhibition, Prague, Czechoslovakia
1963 Survey of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1964 7th New Generation of Ceramics, Gotō Museum, Tokyo
International Ceramic exhibition, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (also traveled to Kurume, Kyoto and Nagoya)
1967 Organized the ceramic artist group, Shin tōjin (new ceramicists), and held its first group exhibition at Kyoto-fu Gallery
1968 New Generation of Contemporary Ceramics, the National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo
1970 Contemporary Ceramics: Europe and Japan, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1971 Nihon tōgeiten (Japanese Ceramics Society exhibition), Daimaru Gallery, Tokyo and 6 other locations (regularly participated through ‘97)
Contemporary Ceramics: the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan, the National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo
1972 Contemporary Ceramic Art of Japan, U.S. and Canada
Thirtieth Faenza International Ceramic Exhibition, Italy
1976 Contemporary Ceramic Art of Japan, New Zealand and Australia
Japanese Ceramic Masterpieces, Rostock and Dresden, East Germany
1977 Celebrating Thirty Years of Sōdeisha exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1978 Contemporary Japanese Crafts, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Contemporary Craft Artist Exhibition: Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1979 SODEISHA: Avant-garde Japanese Ceramics, Australia
1983 Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Canada
1985 Yamada Hikaru & His Students, Masuda Studio, Tokyo
1986 Clay, Image & Form 1981-1985, Seibu Gallery, Ōtsu and Art Forum, Tokyo
1986 Japon des Avant Gardes: 1910-1970, Le Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1987 Craft Art in 1960's, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Ceramica Japoneza Contemporana, Romania
1988 Today's Artists: Yamada Hikaru and Morino Taimei, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Celebrating Forty Years of Sōdeisha Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1990 Current Trends in Ceramics: from Kyoto, Takashimaya Gallery, Nihonbashi and elsewhere
Contemporary Ceramics: 1980-1990, Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
1991 Movement in Contemporary Crafts 1945-70: Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1995 Crafts in Daily Life, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1998 Celebrating Fifty Years of Sōdeisha Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1999 Eleventh Kyoto Art and Culture Award Exhibition
2001 Crafts of Kyoto: 1945-2000, the National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo
2002 First Enku Award Exhibition, Gifu Prefectural Museum and Rapirosu Roppongi Oribe Hall, Tokyo
2003 Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of Earth, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Japan Society, New York; National Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles, California.
2005-06 Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and Japan Society, NY
2006 Tōji: Avant-Garde et Tradition de la Cèramique Japonaise, Musée national de Céramique. Sèvres, France
2011 Pioneers of Contemporary Ceramics-- from Tomimoto Kenichi to Yagi Kazuo, Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
Tōshin – Yakimono no kokoro (Sprit of Ceramics), Shibuya Kurodatoen Gallery, Tokyo
2013 Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Bamboo Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2014 Japan in Black and White: Ink and Clay, Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., NY

Selected Public Collections:

Chiba City Museum of Art
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse
Fukushima Prefectural Art Museum
Gifu Prefectural Museum of Art
Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art
Itami City Museum of Art
Japan Foundation, Tokyo
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Meguro Art Museum, Tokyo
Musée national de Céramique, Sèvres France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Kyoto
Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
National Museum of Art, Osaka
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Shigaraki Togei no Mori)
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Tokoname City Board of Education
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

References:

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

Exhibition Catalogue, Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century (Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, 2005), pp. 14-19

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