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Artist Crush: Akio Takamori

Friday, May 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

Akio Takamori is a widely-recognized artist originally from Japan, now based in Seattle. I love Judith Schwartz‘ description of his sculptures as “loose billowy puffs of clay seeming to encapsulate air.” These figures all share the same illusion – that they’re made of something else besides ceramics. It is also intriguing that Takamori makes a habit of showing asian figures in historical European clothing full of pomp and presige.

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Alice in Black Dress, Little Alice_ Akio Takamori

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akio takamori_girl in a red striped dress

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Akio Takamori_boy girl

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AkioTakamori_Girl in Red Dress

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Images via Kunstforum, Ferrin Gallery, and James Harris Gallery.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mandy Behrens // Jun 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I am enamored by his work, especially a statue that resides in Seattle’s Swedish First Hill Hospital lobby. I’ve spent far too much time in that place watching after my mom but his work always seemed to calm me. Love your blog. Love Buy Some Damn Art. Thank you. Kindly, Mandy

  • 2 Kate // Jun 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Mandy,

    Thanks for all the love! The installation in Seattle looks amazing! I hope to see it in person one day. For that matter any of Takamori’s work.

    My best, Kate

  • 3 troy and stephano // Jun 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    wonderful work! love these too:)! new faves, thank you for introducing us to all this goodness! T&S

  • 4 Kate // Jun 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Anytime! ; )

  • 5 Pattern Pulp - Friday Quick Links! // Jun 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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