Toshiko Takaezu: The Art of Clay

August 6 - November 27, 2005

Toshiko Takaezu: The Art of Clay features the recent work of Toshiko Takaezu, an artist at the forefront of breaking down the traditional barriers between functional and sculptural art.

Known for her experiments in the expressive potential of clay, Takaezu's work is characterized by exuberant glazes and a meditation on the power of medium to communicate abstract and specific meanings. The exhibition includes examples of Takaezu's closed formsórounded vessels with only a tiny vestigial opening, spherical "moon pots," and tree-like forms.

Toshiko Takaezu: The Art of Clay will be the first California exhibition of this noted Hawai'i-born Nisei, who was designated a Living Treasure by the states of Hawai'i and New Jersey, and whose art is housed in the permanent collections of countless institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art.

Toshiko Takaezu: The Art of Clay is made possible, in part, by the support of Ray Inouye, Chris Inouye, Steve Inouye, and Deena (Inouye) Lew; Mariko O. Gordon & Hugh A. Cosman; Hisako Nerio Imamura & Akira Imamura; Sumi Nerio Leonard & Robert J. Leonard; Prudential Financial, Inc.; and The James Irvine Foundation.

Photo caption: Toshiko Takaezu, Three Graces. Glazed stoneware. Photography by Fitzhugh Karol, 2005.


Please visit the National Museum's web site to learn more about the artist, or for a list of related public programs.

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