Traditionally, Japanese ceramics emphasize the beauty of nature. Their forms are often unadorned to highlight each vessel's imperfections, simple elegance, and quiet balance, with the clay, artist, and firing process all influencing the ceramic’s aesthetic simultaneously.
Today, ceramic artists in Japan maintain many of these elements while incorporating modern innovations. After World War II, Japanese ceramics underwent a major shift, opening the door for artists to experiment and create vessels that were more sculptural, creative, and avant-garde. Technological improvements to glazes, kilns, and clay refinement have also heavily impacted this fresh new interpretation of traditional aesthetics.
The objects in Modern Simplicity, on view at Phoenix Art Museum through December 2, showcase a variety of vases, vessels, boxes, and unexpected objects that highlight the many techniques implemented by modern Japanese ceramic artists.
Modern Simplicity: Selected Gifts from Elaine and Sidney Cohe is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum's annual fund.
$18 — Adults
$15 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$13 — Students (with ID)
Free — Youth ages 17 and under (*through September 30, 2018)
All special engagement exhibitions are included with general admission.
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This exhibition is open to the public during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
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*Free admission for youth 17 and under is courtesy of the PhxArt Open for Kids program presented by the Steele Foundation from July 1 – September 30, 2018.
Kiyomizu Rokubei, Fresh Water Jar, unglazed clay. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Elaine and Sidney Cohen.
Shiro Otani, Globular vessel, glazed clay. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Elaine and Sidney Cohen.
Hiroyuki Wakamoto, Rounded vessel, ceramic. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Elaine and Sidney Cohen.