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Events - 05.23.2019

An Art of Imperfection | The Beauty of Japanese Ceramics

Japanese Ceramics



7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5



For centuries, Japanese artists and collectors have welcomed the natural imperfections that emerge on ceramic vessels during the firing process. These pools of glaze, scorch markings, cracks and indentations are referred to as the keshiki (‘landscapes’) of a piece, and since the sixteenth century have been celebrated as adding new beauty, depth, and value to the work. For this exclusive roundtable, JAPAN HOUSE welcomes four distinguished speakers to discuss the unique and alluring aspects of Japanese ceramics: collector Gordon Brodfueher, ceramic artist Yukiya Izumita, gallerist Shoko Aono, and curator Hollis Goodall.

With one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary Japanese ceramics in the US, collector Gordon Brodfuehrer's gifts are included in collections at institutions including LACMA, the Seattle Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Ringling Museum. Award-winning ceramicist Yukiya Izumita creates complex, layered work with warm, earthy textures out of his studio in his native Tōhoku. Gallerist Shoko Aono is director of New York’s Ippodo Gallery, which promotes fine contemporary Japanese craft-based art around the world. Finally, the discussion will be moderated by Hollis Goodall, an expert in both classical and modern Japanese art, who has overseen more than 275 installations of permanent collection and special exhibitions at LACMA since 1988.

This roundtable is a unique opportunity to experience four distinct yet connected viewpoints into the world of contemporary Japanese ceramics. Gain insight into the artist’s fabrication, methods of promoting and marketing by the gallerist, what catches a collector’s eye, and how the work is ultimately historicized. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


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Speaker Profiles

Gordon Brodfuehrer | Collector
Born in 1942 in San Diego, Brodfuehrer was raised in a home with decorative Asian objects brought back by his grandfather who had been in the Pacific fleet. Brodfuehrer studied Classical piano at the Royal College of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music, London, returning to the US to teach piano and manage a family owned portfolio of real estate. During this time, he began to support arts organizations affiliated with Asian art, serving on the boards of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture and the San Diego Museum of Art, with a specific seat on their Asian Arts Council and spearheading the ‘Art of Elan’ chamber music series. He is also a current core member of the Japanese Art Society of America.

Yukiya Izumita | Ceramicist
Born in 1966 in Iwate, Tōhoku. Izumita began study of kokuji ware ceramics in 1992, and opened his own studio shortly after that. He has won many accolades, including grand prize of the Asahi Ceramic Exhibition in 2000 and 2002, and the Excellence Award at the 20th Biennial Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition in 2009. His international exhibitions include Ippodo Gallery New York in 2012 and 2017, Revelation Fair, Grand Palais Paris in 2015, and SOFA Chicago in 2015. His public collections include the Yale University Art Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Courtesy of Ippodo Gallery)

Shoko Aono | Gallerist
Graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, and then received a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Sophia University, Tokyo. In 2006 she started working at Ippodo Gallery, Tokyo and participated in La Biennale des Editeurs de la Decoration at the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. In 2008 she moved to New York and opened Ippodo Gallery New York, where she is currently working as director. She organizes numerous exhibitions and participating in art fairs throughout the USA and Europe, promoting and fostering the finest of contemporary Japanese art crafts outside of Japan. (Courtesy of Ippodo Gallery)

Hollis Goodall | Curator
Engaged at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 1981, with a two-year hiatus as Research Fellow at the University of Kyoto in Japan between 1986 and 1988, Goodall is now Curator of Japanese Art. She oversees installations in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, planning of exhibitions for the Japanese department, educational programs, web programming, as well as collection management, growth, and research. From 1988 to 2018, Goodall has overseen more than 275 installations of permanent collection and special exhibitions. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas with Honors in 1977, then a Master’s Degree in East Asian Art from the University of Kansas.

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