The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lacoste Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Jeff Shapiro
Jeff Shapiro, Sculptural Cuboid. Woodfired stoneware, 9x7x10.

CONCORD, MASS.- Lacoste Gallery announces its exhibition Jeff Shapiro: Departures from Japan from April 28 – May 26, 2018 focusing on recent works produced with new ways of glazing and firing marking a departure from traditional Japanese techniques. For some of the works, the artist challenges himself “to use new loading, glazing, and firing techniques, sometimes partially burying works in rubble from ash pits or other combustible materials.”i Also included are new sculptures made from deconstructed forms for the table and wall.

Mr. Shapiro spent many years in Japan and has a long and evolving relationship with Japan. He arrived at Kyoto for the first time at 23 studying pottery at various kiln sites throughout the country. He had the opportunity to build a house, studio and kiln on the Japanese coast financed by a patron of the arts, Kabumoto Nobuo. He lived and worked in Japan for 9 years spending the final year in Bizen furthering his understanding of the wood-firing techniques and the importance of the “character” of clay. Returning from Japan to the Hudson Valley he realized that he only knew how to make Japanese pots.

Shapiro is taking what he has learned from his time in Japan and the subsequent years after (30 years back in the US), to be able to create new works, sculpture that may have a sensibility to certain qualities of the Japanese aesthetic, yet a departure from his previous work. This exhibition at Lacoste Gallery offers a chance to show a body of his latest sculpture and forms that the artist thinks of as fine art; sculpture using clay as his medium. The solid vertical form in black with a rough textured surface is a good example of the newest series of work. Some of these new works he treats like stone, waiting until the clay is quite hard so that he can carve and chisel the material to expose the “inner” quality of the material. Each piece develops its own character as he works on it.

Although Shapiro has emphasized sculptures in this exhibition, he has made a variation on a few Japanese forms: tea bowls, sake cups and bottles. These vessels are ever elusive forms which continue to challenge him.

Shapiro has a long association with Lacoste Gallery and was instrumental in bringing many important Japanese ceramists to show here. This is his 4th solo exhibition with the gallery.

Today's News

April 30, 2018

Etienne Terrus museum in France discovers half of its collection are fakes

Exhibition presents a new series of paintings by Takashi Murakami inspired by the work of Francis Bacon

Exhibition celebrates the intersection between Yup’ik masks and Surrealism

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg opens exhibition featuring six women artists from India

Sotheby's to offer a self-portrait of Sir Stanley Spencer as a youth painted in the year before his death

Lacoste Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Jeff Shapiro

Thomas Cole's trans-Atlantic inheritance explored in new exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Tribal art from the renowned collection of Allan Stone to be sold at Rago

Arlene Shechet's first solo exhibition in Paris on view at Almine Rech Gallery

The new Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU opens to critical and public acclaim

Exhibition presents an important historical work by Huang Yong Ping for the first time in New York

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design opens an exhibition devoted to the work of the designer Martin Szekely

Delfina Foundation opens the first solo exhibition in the UK by Alex Mirutziu

The Julia Stoschek Collection presents the complete trilogy of Ian Cheng's Emissaries

The Bass opens exhibitions by Laure Provost and DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION

Centre Pompidou exhibits Vincent Meessen’s work

Vancouver Art Gallery unites Emily Carr works with Mattie Gunterman's historic photographs

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings by Gail Stoicheff

On the scent of an Old Master at Essex auction house

Critics say India heritage scheme means Taj Mahal privatisation

ArtCurious Podcast launches third season exploring 'Art Rivalries'

S.M.A.K. creates a space for the permanent presentation of the works of Marcel Broodthaers

Galerie Richard presents 'The Fabric of Reality' by Sven-Ole Frahm

Galerie Urs Meile opens exhibition of works by Meng Huang

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Rare 1943 Lincoln Cent sells for $204,000 at Heritage Auctions

2.- Exhibition is the first to shed light on the phenomenon of the princely painter

3.- Nathaniel Silver named new Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4.- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden explores the mystical world of the ancient Egyptian gods

5.- Media error draws misleading reports on sale of 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent

6.- Four men deny giant gold coin heist from Berlin's Bode Museum

7.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an immersive installation by Charles Long

8.- Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repatriated from United Kingdom

9.- Israeli museum under fire over 'McJesus' exhibit

10.- Claremont Rug Company founder Jan David Winitz reveals major shifts in high-end antique Oriental rug market

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful