Tomoo Hamada was born in 1967 in Mashiko, Japan, as the second son of Shinsaku Hamada and a grandson of Shoji Hamada. In 1989 and 1991, Hamada received undergraduate and graduate degrees in sculpture from Tama Art University in Tokyo. Hamada has exhibited, lectured, and given workshops internationally and was integral in helping the pottery community of Mashiko rebuild from the devastating Tohoku earthquake of 2011. His ceramic works are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Hamada currently lives in Mashiko, Japan on the original compound his grandfather built, and works alongside his father. In 2012, he became Director of the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum.
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2/19/19 Artist’s Conversation: Jack Lueders-Booth on His ‘Chinatown to Jamaica Plain’
In 1985, Jack Lueders-Booth photographed Chinatown to Jamaica Plain for the Urbanarts Committee, sponsored by the MBTA. He documented the buildings, streets, and people of the neighborhoods serviced by Boston’s oldest and busiest elevated train, and would be the most affected by its replacement with a subway and removal in 1987.
Join us at Gallery Kayafas at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, as Jack and interviewer Karen Shafts, Assistant Keeper of Prints at the Boston Public Library, examine this documentary project. They’ll discuss the scope of the commission and its historical significance, as well as the process of editing down 18 months of images into an exhibition portfolio.
Jack’s photographs are in notable collections such as The Addison Gallery of American Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; The Hood Museum; The Fogg Art Museum; The Library of Congress; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA; and The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Avenue #37, Boston, MA 02118.
February 19, gather at 6 p.m., conversation begins at 6:30.
This event is made possible through a collaboration between Gallery Kayafas and the Photographic Resource Center.
Li Hongwei is a Chinese sculptor who currently works and lives in Beijing and New York. He earned degrees at two preeminent art schools: The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (BFA in sculpture, 2005) and Alfred University in Alfred, New York (MFA in ceramic art, 2007). He subsequently taught and published in both China and the United States. In 2015, he was invited to lecture as a visiting artist at Harvard University. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva), the Chinese Sculpture Institute (Beijing), and the Taylor Foundation (established in 1844; Paris).
Li Hongwei’s works have been collected by: The British Museum, London; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, NY; China APEC International Conference Center; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; and others. Over the years, his works have been exhibited in: The National Art Museum of China; The Louvre; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Fox Art Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Dublin Castle in Ireland, among others. In 2013, he was awarded the Taylor Prize by the 2013 France International Salon.
Andrew Maske specializes in the arts of Asia, focusing especially on ceramic art in Japan from the sixteenth century to the present. He is also interested in artistic connections between East Asian nations, both historical and contemporary. An added interest is the cultural context of artworks in Asia, including connoisseurship, collecting, display, performance, and use.
Dr. Maske received his doctorate in Japanese Art History from Oxford University. He teaches courses concentrating on the art of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan). As a curator of Japanese art between 1999 and 2005, he developed the exhibition Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile, and served as editor and primary author of the critically-acclaimed volume by the same name. This exhibition explored Japanese geisha both as the subject of artworks and as performing artists themselves from the eighteenth century to the present day. Dr. Maske also played a major role in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2003 catalogue, Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth Century Japan, which examined the revolution in Japanese aesthetics that began in the late sixteenth century. He has published articles and reviews in Archaeometry, Journal of Japanese Studies, Orientations, and Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan.
During the seven years he lived in Japan, Dr. Maske studied numerous aspects of Japanese art and culture, practicing chanoyu (tea ceremony), Japanese dance, and the instrument shamisen. In 2006-2007 he held a Fulbright research fellowship in China to study the development of contemporary ceramic art there.
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Artist Kay Hartung and artist/scientist collaborators Maria Peñil Cobo and Mehmet Berkmen explore microscopic life forms from complementary vantage points by using the universal language of art to bring the invisible to light, and to showcase its transcendent beauty. The three engage the public in the deeper understanding of the invisible world of bacteria, and increase their awareness and interactions with the microbial communities in and around us. FREE, all welcome! MORE INFO…
Please join us at Boston Sculptors Gallery Saturday, January 12th for Artist and Curator Talks. Beginning at 2:30pm Jessica Straus will discuss the narrative of her exhibition TransAtlantic, as well as the process for creating this gallery-sized installation. At 3pm Katherine French, Curator of David A. Lang: Flights of Fancy and director of Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT, will offer thoughts on her relationship with Lang, an extraordinary sculptor she remembers as teacher, artist, and friend.
This event is offered as part of the Boston Art Dealers Association Second Saturday program and is free and open to the public.