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Shinichi Sawada at the Mint Museum

Agents of Clay, Co-presented by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Charlotte, NC

April 27 - August 11, 2024

SHINICHI SAWADA, Untitled (169), 2020


Untitled (169), 2020

Wood fired ceramic

6 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 8 in.
17 x 34 x 20.2 cm



Press Release

Shinichi Sawada: Agents of Clay features a collection of mesmerizing ceramic sculptures by the Japanese contemporary artist Shinichi Sawada, now open at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC through August 11, 2024. 

Presented in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the exhibition is the first traveling solo exhibition in the United States for Sawada and showcases a captivating collection of his mesmerizing clay figures created over the past decade. The sculptures are a fusion of various creatures, combining features from mammals, fish, birds, insects, as the artist’s own fantastical creations. These intricate works of art often boast multiple faces, an abundance of eyes, and intricate patterns of incised lines, bumps, horns, and scales.

After its debut at The Mint Museum, the exhibition will be on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis from September 6 - February 9, 2025.

Agents of Clay is accompanied by a catalog co-edited by the exhibition curators, Lisa Melandri of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Jen Sudal Edwards of the Mint Museum Randolph. It includes a text by the curator and writer, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy.


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