NANCY GRUSKIN + JORDAN KESSLER
What We Had On Hand
August 1 - 22, 2020
Works available online and on view at our Pop Up Gallery
at 15 Central St Wellesley MA 02482
We are pleased to announce we are now the exclusive representative for Michael Thorpe. Michael is an emerging artist whose work "Black Man" was recently acquired by the MFA, Boston.
He is unique as he produces textile works most often associated with women, and utilizes the materials of fabric and thread in lieu of paint and canvas. His subjects are drawn from inspiration through his daily life with friends and family, as often as it comes from references to fellow artists.
We will be having a solo exhibition in April 2021 of his work exploring his take on racial identity.
Video profile of the artist by Only Good TV
3D tour of our Pop Up Gallery
The gallery is featuring new pieces from leading female Japanese artists including Matsuda Yuriko, Ono Haruko, and Kitamura Junko. Select works are available for private viewing and purchase.
Matsuda Yuriko studied with highly respected Living National Treasures, Kondo Yazuo and Tomimoto Kenkichi at Kyoto City University of Fine Arts. Using highly sophisticated and tradition techniques, Matsuda transformed her work into sculptures which are uniquely her own. Her work is a play on the female form from the point of view of a woman; subversively challenges the male gaze.
Ono Hakuko (1915-1996) was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she carried on his research. She was awarded the JCS award in 1980, one of Japans most prestigious ceramics awards. In 1992 she was named an important cultural asset (Juyo mukei bunkazai) of Saga prefecture. Bucking the traditional image here is another of Japans great cultural assets who fought against a system of prejudice to rise to the top and it is an honor to be able to offer something by her.
Kitamura Junko studied with Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) and Sodeisha Founder Suzuki Osamu (1926 - 2001) at the Kyoto City University of FIne Arts. Made waves as a female artist in the male dominated Japanese traditional ceramic world. Known for using Buncheong technique learned from Kondo and elevated it into a unique style of her own. She is married to Akiyama Yo.
Visit our past and current exhibitions to see what we have been showcasing during COVID-19. With images, videos and links to the latest artist works, it's a great way to stay connected with the gallery.