Recent Acquisitions

Recent Acquisitions in Asian Art
West Ambulatory

January 24 - June 12, 2017

Currently on view is a selection of works the museum has acquired since 2014, but which
have not yet been exhibited. One is a scroll of calligraphy and minimalist painting titled
by Yamaoka Tesshū (Japanese, 1836–1888), an artist, swordsman, practitioner
of Zen Buddhism, and pivotal figure in the turbulent world of late 19th century Japan. Four lithographs by painter and printmaker Roger Shimomura (American, b. 1939) are confrontational, using subtle irony and absurdist exaggeration to tackle racism and stereotypes.
Also on view are recently acquired ceramic works by two contemporary Japanese artists: Wada Akira’s Sun and Moon, a pair of perfect porcelain spheres; and Shio Kusaka’s stoneware jar titled (stripe 99), a work of robust elegance, with understated colors and abstract, linear patterns formed through texture and glaze.

Sun and Moon
Akira Wada (Japanese, born 1978)
Glazed porcelain
Oberlin Friends of Art Fund, 2016.35.1A-B–.2A-B