Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop

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Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop

Japanese art superstar Takashi Murakami curates a new generation of Japanese ceramicists...

Covering Yeezy albums, collaborating with Louis Vuitton, exhibiting as only the third ever contemporary artist at the Palace of Versailles, selling works for millions and millions … Takashi Murakami is the restless pop culture-obsessed Japanese artist who has epitomised his country’s post-war culture.

Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop, curated by Takashi Murakami

The man is an authority. You’d be pleased as punch then if he took you off to the U.S. of A. to show off your work; which is exactly what’s happened to three young ceramic artists: Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop.

Showing at New York’s Blum & Poe, the exhibition showcases a new generation using age-old traditions to create work both informed by, and in counter to, contemporary pop culture, mass-production and mass-consumption; the trio using natural resources, objects, and processes, throughout their work — much of which is showing in the United States for the first time.

Kazunori Hamana uses characteristics from the pacific coast in Chiba, Japan, where he works; creating urns, bowls, vessels, cups, and plates. Yuji Ueda and Otani Workshop are both based in Shigaraki — one of the centres of Japanese ceramics for over 800 years — the former from a family of award-winning tea farmers who uses an experimental approach to glazing and firing, Otani often depicting figures and faces that evoke contemporary Japanese culture.

Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop, Curated by Takashi Murakami continues at Blum & Poe New York until 9 April.

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Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop, curated by Takashi Murakami
Otani Workshop
Yuji Ueda
Yuji Ueda
Kazunori Hamana
Kazunori Hamana
Kazunori Hamana
Kazunori Hamana

Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, Otani Workshop, curated by Takashi Murakami
Installation views, 2016, Blum & Poe, New York. Photography, Genevieve Hanson
Courtesy of the artists and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

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