Asian Art Exhibitions Kick off Fall at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Posted: August 26, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
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It has been a year since the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts opened a new permanent gallery, The Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art (located on the lower level). Since then, the KIA has brought a variety of Asian art exhibitions to Kalamazoo.

This Fall, the KIA is pleased to feature two new exhibitions inspired by the Far East:

Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the Mid-20th Century - September 10 - December 4, 2011

Kato Takuo White celadon bowl

Kato Takuo, White celadon bowl, ca. 1960, porcelain with white celadon glaze | UMMA, Museum purchase, 1963/2.68

This exhibition explores a crucial period of contemporary ceramic art in Japan, during which studio potters redefined the art of clay from a "craft" to an artistic form in which individual expression was emphasized over particular styles or production sites. Pioneering potters in the 1930s initiated the change that invited a burst of new expressions in the 1950s and 1960s, when potters' personal visions became the central interest. The exhibition is organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

This exhibition was made possible in part by the University of Michigan's Center for Japanese Studies, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Endowment for the Arts and other generous donors. Its presentation in Kalamazoo is supported by the Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund.

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Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers - Entang Wiharso - September 10 - November 6, 2011

Entang Wiharso

Entang Wiharso

The work of Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso, a rising star on the international art scene, is featured in conjunction with a complementary exhibition, Installation Arts: Indonesia, at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University. Both exhibitions were curated by Dr. Mary-Louise Totton, Associate Professor Asian/Pacific Art, WMU, and provide an overview of contemporary art in Indonesia. According to Dr. Totton, "Currently one of Indonesia's most active international artists, Entang Wiharso compounds the narrative power and complex formats of the ancient local artistic genres of his homeland with a contemporary global outlook. His original voice is processed through a variety of mediums and idioms that explore issues of identity, power, love, and intolerance."

Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers looks at the complex socio-political realities of modern Indonesia through the metaphor of multiple skins, reflecting the layering of information, experience and personal/communal identity. The works on view include paintings, prints, large-scale puppets and wall-mounted sculptures.

Inspired by the traditional Javanese shadow puppet forms of his childhood, Wiharso's recent works interweave the narrative traditions of Java with his contemporary observations regarding social issues that resonate across national boundaries. Through his work, the artist asserts that intolerance -- religious, ethnic, racial, political -- denies diversity and freedom of choice.

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For more information about these and other KIA exhibitions, please visit or call (269) 349-7775.

Images for these exhibitions are available to the media upon request.