There is a long tradition in Japan of multi-generational families at well-known kilns producing stunning, functional ceramic vessels, often tea related. This talk will examine the growing number of Japanese ceramicists who have severed ties to Japan's long history of ceramic making to create new forms and to invent new techniques. We will explore what the conscious rejection of tradition means in the context of Japanese art and explore parallels in other media where artists cut the ties that held them tightly within the framework and aesthetic boundaries of traditional art making.
Dr. Robert Mintz is the Deputy Director at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He occupies a leadership position responsible for managing the curatorial, education, and museum services departments. He provides strategic direction for exhibitions, education, interpretation, and public programs, and oversees the growth and preservation of the museum’s art collections.
Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, Rob began studying the arts of Japan in the 1980s. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington specializing in the study of 18th century Japanese painting.
Following his graduate studies, Robert taught the history of East Asian Art for Seattle University, where he also served as director of the university’s Kinsey Art Gallery. In 2006 he started as Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. While working in Baltimore, he curated exhibitions of historic and contemporary art from across Asia, including the exhibition Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Betsy Feinberg Collection and authored the book Japanese Ceramics for the 21st Century (2014).
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