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Fran Forman and Ken Matsuzaki Public Opening

  • Pucker Gallery 240 Newbury Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)


Fran Forman's photo paintings have been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally. She creates images out of fragments of her original photographs, captured during extensive travels. Fran has participated in numerous group shows and mounted solo exhibitions at: The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England; The Massachusetts State House (The Griffin Museum of Photography); Pucker Gallery, Boston; and Photo/Grafica, San Miguel de Allende. Fran has won significant multiple awards and prizes; in 2018 she was awarded second prize from the International Photo Gala Awards, with her series In the Shadows of Life, to be exhibited in Barcelona. Her works are in many private collections, as well the permanent collections of: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC); the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Grace Museum (Texas); the Sunnhordland Museum (Norway); and the County Down Museum (Northern Ireland). She is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis and teaches photographic collage internationally. Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. Fran makes her home in the Boston area and on Cape Cod, where history and light inspire her art-making each day.

Ken Matsuzaki received a degree in Ceramic Art from Tamagawa University School of Fine Arts in Tokyo in 1972, after which he moved to Mashiko to apprentice with Tatsuzo Shimaoka. After a five-year apprenticeship, Matsuzaki established his own kiln, Yuushin Gama. Matsuzaki's works have a strong grounding in Mingei philosophy though his approach is very contemporary, introducing a focus on the oribe style with yohen, shino, and oribe glazing.

Matsuzaki’s work has been exhibited all over the world, and has been accepted into the permanent collections of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, Holderness School, Holderness, New Hampshire, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sackler Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Earlier Event: May 31
Ken Matsuzaki Potter's Talk
Later Event: June 3
Fran Forman Artist's Talk