Evaluating Ceramic Art in Japan

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Title: Evaluating Ceramic Art in Japan
Author: Moeran, Brian
Abstract: This paper describes and analyses preparations for the holding of an anthropologist potter’s one-man show in a Japanese department store. Based on participant observation, it describes in detail the strategic planning of, and preparations for, the fieldworker’s own pottery exhibition in a department store located in northern Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands and home to a long tradition of porcelain and stoneware production. The paper focuses on the main players in the ceramic art world; the social interaction underpinning an exhibition; the conflicting ideals of ‘aesthetics’, display and money (pricing); and the ways in which different sets of values, and evaluating processes, affected the reception of the author’s work. It concludes by developing a theory of values in the light of recent writings in the field of cultural economics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7942
Date: 2009-11-10

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