Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz
December 3, 2014–January 31, 2016
Working with Boston-based collectors Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz since November 2013, the Ackland has been presenting changing installations selected from their comprehensive holdings of recent and contemporary Japanese ceramics.
Among the most innovative and experimental practitioners of contemporary Japanese art, these ceramicists have explored the wide and fascinating range of expressive possibilities offered by clay and glazes. Presented within the context of the Ackland’s important collection of historical Asian art, the installations offer the opportunity not only to see significant examples by major artists, but also to reflect on their dynamic relationship to tradition. This third installment in the series combines pieces from the Horvitz Collection with works from the Ackland. One section focuses on functional objects, mixing contemporary ceramics with older works. The other section showcases abstract, non-functional works, highlighting dramatically differing approaches to the medium of porcelain.
Fukami Sueharu, Japanese, born 1947: To the Sky (Sorani), 2001; Seihakuji porcelain. 12 x 35 in. (30.5 x 88.9 cm). Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ackland Fund, 2003.19ab.