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The Australasian Network for Asian Art (an4aa) is a group of researchers including academics and curators from Australia and New Zealand working in the field of Asian art and visual culture. The Network and its affiliated listserv serve as a platform to share research, promote events and exhibitions, foster a scholarly community, cultivate interest, and act as a vehicle for advocacy.

Guan Wei, Detail from Feng Shui, 2004. Acrylic on composite board. Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Cromwell Diversified Property Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

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an4aa curatorial series 2022

an4aa curatorial series 2022


Russell Kelty

on Pure Form: Japanese Sculptural Ceramics held 05.12.2022-05.11.2022 at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Friday, 5 AUGUST 2022, 1.00–2.00pm (AEST)

Today, Japan has one of the most dynamic ceramic cultures in the world. This vibrant culture is in part due to a transformation which began in the post-war years as young avant-garde ceramicists largely based in Kyoto utilised clay for personal expression and in the process created non-functional, sculptural, ceramic objects. The monumental shift initiated by groups like Shikōkai and Sōdeisha liberated subsequent generations of ceramicists from the well-established hierarchies of taste and methods of creation. The result was a world-leading shift in ceramic expression, positioning contemporary Japanese works at the forefront of international modernism, which continues to resonate with ceramicists today.


Pure form: Japanese sculptural ceramics presents the rich diversity of sculptural ceramics created by men and women from the late 1940s to the present on loan from public and private collections across Australia. It is the first exhibition of its kind in Australia to present this compelling narrative and includes a kaleidoscopic array of over one hundred works of art by sixty-five Japanese ceramicists.

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