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hayashi yasuo

hayashi yasuo

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hayashi yasuo 林康夫(1928- )

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     Hayashi Yasuo (1928-) began his artistic career in the 1950s, and is now considered one of the most important forerunners of abstraction in contemporary Japanese ceramics. As a founding member of the Shikokai association of potters, he played a role in the modernization of the medium from the very beginning. The Shikokai group boldly explored new forms for ceramics, and took the medium in truly innovative sculptural directions. Not only was Hayashi the group's youngest member, but also its most celebrated. His abstract ceramic sculpture far outshined that of his contemporaries. His Cloud of 1948 is arguably the very first abstract ceramic sculpture made in Japan.

In 1950, Hayashi was included in the first exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramics to be held in Europe. Set at the prestigious Cernuschi Museum in Paris, the show also included the celebrated Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. His playful take on formalism recalls the ideas behind the Minimalist movement in America in its willingness to experiment with the boundaries between two- and three-dimensionality.

Hayashi exhibited and travelled widely, and so would have been familiar with the international art trends of his time. This work is one in a large oeuvre that reinforces Hayashi's status as a groundbreaking ceramic sculptor.



Selected Public Collections:

Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, Portland, OR, U.S.A.

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.

Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY, U.S.A.

New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, U.S.A.

Institute for Japanese Art, Hanford, CA, U.S.A.

Minneapolis Museum of Arts, Minnesota, U.S.A.

International Experimental Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

Argentina Museum, Japan House

National Gallery of Australia

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Ontario, Canada

Museum of Decorative Art, Praha, Czech Republic

Musee National De Ceramique, Sevres, France

Vallauris Ceramic Museum, Museum of Modern Art, France

Faenza International Ceramics Museum, Italy

Obidos Museum of Art, Portugal

I Chon World Ceramic Center, South Korea

Seoul Metropolitan Museum, South Korea

TOTAL Open-Air Museum, Seoul, South Korea 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K.

University of Wales, U.K.

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Japan

Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives, Japan

Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Japan

Osaka University of Arts, Japan

Misho School of Flower Arrangement, Japan

Ohara School of Flower Arrangement, Japan

Chushin Art Foundation, Kyoto, Japan

Japan Foundation

Selected Awards:

1950    Second Mayor Prize in the 3rd Ashiya Municipal Exhibition, Japan

1972    Faenza Prize in the 30th Faenza International Ceramics Competition, Faenza, Italy

1973    First Prize in Calgary International Ceramics Exhibition 1973, Canada 

1974    Grand Prize in the 4th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

1982    Special Prize for the Association of Art and Culture in the 8th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

    Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand

1986    Special Jury Prize and Gold Prize in the 10th International Biannual of Ceramic Art in Vallauris, France

1987    Grand Prize in Modern Ceramics at the 1st Odidos International Biannual,   


1994    Award in Kyoto Municipal Museum Exhibition

1998    Received Kyoto City Distinguished Service Award  

1999    Received Kyoto Art & Culture Award

2005    Received Visual Arts Emeritus Award & Emeritus Medal from Australian Government 

            Australia Council for the Arts     


1928    Born in Kyoto 

1940    Studied traditional Japanese painting

1946    Begins to make pottery after his father

1947    Joins “SHIKOKAI,” avant-garde ceramic group as one of the founders

1959    Commissioned relief for the Hyogo Prefectural Labor Hall, Kobe

1968    Starts teaching at Craft Department, Osaka Univ. of Arts

1974    Commissioned Relief for Shingu Primary School, Hyogo

1980    Japan-US Association University Study Trip to California College of Art & Craf, San Francisco and Auckland Conference of I.A.C. in Kyoto 

1981    Commissioned relief for Kamo Hospital

1987    Artist in Residence in International Experimental Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

           Publishes Hayashi Yasuo: Documents and Chronology

1990    Artist in Residence in Canberra School of Art, Australia, funded by Japan Foundation 

            Judge for 1990 Commonwealth Bank National Ceramic Award, Canberra, Australia

1995    The 5th International Potters Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

2001    Contributed to stage art Opera “Peony Palace” with color transparency images, Acropolis & Palais des festivals, Cannes

            Lecture and Artist in residence, Shigaraki Ceramic Park Museum

2003    Judge, 21st Asahi Modern Craft Competition

2004     Judge, 17th Fugoku Biennale, Asahi Newspaper

2005     Judge, 51th All Kansai Art Exhibition, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1958       Sato Gallery, Tokyo

1959       Hankyu Department Store, Osaka/ Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo

1964-5    Gallery 16, Kyoto

1976-7    Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro Tokyo

1978       Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo/ Seikado Gallery, Tokyo/ Hotel Okura, Tokyo

1981       Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka

1982-3    Gallery Chayamachi, Osaka

1985       Daiken Gallery, Osaka/ Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto/ Gallery Haku, Osaka

1986       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo

1988       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Beni

1989       Institute Franco-Japonais du Kansai, Kyoto

1990       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo / Canberra School of Art, Australia

1991       Gallery Beni

1992       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Hirakata Kintetsu Art Gallery. Osaka

1993       Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo/ Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland

1994       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo/ Gallery Sanjo

1995       Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany

1996       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo/ Gallery Beni

1997       Akasaka Green Gallery, Tokyo

1998       Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center

2000       Akasaka Green Gallery/Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto

2002       Akasaka Green Gallery/Gallery Sanjo, Kyoto

2003       Aoyama Green Gallery, Tokyo

2005       Gion Konishi Gallery, Kyoto

              Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., New York, NY

2006      Paramita Museum, Mie, Japan