W H AT ‘ S O N I N A U S TRALIA : J U N E 2 0 1 3 ­ A U G U S T 2 0 1 3 A SELECTIVE ROUNDUP OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS – TAASA Review June 2013

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Compiled by Tina Burge ACT Earth and Fire: Japanese aesthetics and contemporary ceramics lecture series National Gallery of Australia Thursday lectures, 18 July ­ 8 August from 6.00 ­ 7.00pm 18 July: The avant-garde of earth, fire and water Dr Wendy Ella Wright, research scholar, Japan Centre, ANU: how potter, Yoshikawa Masamichi and others have evolved concepts taken from Japanese archaeological sites into today’s avant-garde movement. 25 July: Japanese potters and their influence in Australia Robert Bell, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts: on Japanese potters in Australia and Australian potters who have worked in a Japanese tradition or aesthetic. 1 August: The wabi influence on Japanese ceramics Ian Jones, potter and PhD candidate, School of Art, ANU: impact of wabi on tea ceremony ceramics, in particular the wood-fired works from Bizen and Shigaraki, and the revival of this aesthetic in the 1930s. 8 August: Japanese aesthetics and Australian influences Japanese potter Hiroe Swen: on her practice, Japanese aesthetics and Australian influences on her work. Additional lecture ­ 9 July 12.45pm: Fired with Passion; but with a mystified purpose.

Dr Wendy Ella Wright: on ancient Jomon pottery and indigenous Japanese aesthetics in contemporary Japanese art and design. NSW A Silk Road saga: Yu Hong’s sarcophagus The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 22 August – 10 November 2013 In 1999 an extraordinary white marble sarcophagus, unlike any previous discovery, was excavated in Taiyuan, capital of China’s Shanxi province.

It belonged to Yu Hong and his wife, who had been interred in 592 and 598 respectively...