The Grandeur of Japanese Ceramics: From Tea Ware to Sculpture

Asia Week New York, March 31 – 21, 2015

    Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is proud to present The Grandeur of Japanese Ceramics: From Tea Ware to Sculpture during Asia Week New York 2015, at Hollis Taggart Galleries. This exhibition will feature a wide range of contemporary Japanese ceramics that reexamine notions of tradition in both glaze and form, created both by artists who have been widely recognized for their contributions to the field and by innovative new artistic voices.

The work of TEN Living National Treasures will be on view. The highest achievement for a Japanese ceramicist, the title of Living National Treasure is bestowed upon those who carry on the craft tradition of Japan with the upmost skill and an inventive spirit. This exhibition will bring together a selection of water jars and tea bowls, implements of the tea ceremony that is so central to the heart of Japanese culture. A selection of rare tea wares by Kitaoji Rosanjin, Miwa Kyusetsu, Shimizu Uichi , Suzuki Osamu and Kondo Yuzou will be offered for purchaseing.

Among the new voices, Dai Ichi, Ltd. is pleased to introduce Suzuki Goro’s whimsical Goribe series, which brings together many disparate ceramic styles into a single, breathtaking work of art. The amalgamation of different styles seen in his stacking boxes and horses is completely without precedent. The extremely careful series of firings required to execute these works illustrates Goro’s deep knowledge and confident mastery of each individual technique, resulting in a rich patchwork of historical styles. Other artists draw inspiration from more recent art historical sources, such as Suzuki Osamu’s important ceramic sculpture dated back in 1960, which resembles the work of early 20th century sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Still others, such as Higashida Shigemasa and Kawase Shinobu, construct beautiful ceramic sculptures whose formal beauty and meditative balance reflect the precepts of Japanese philosophy.

All of the works presented blur the lines between functional vessel and pure sculpture. Many of these artists trained as sculptors, and the aesthetic considerations of that practice bleeds into their ceramic work. Through groundbreaking explorations of shape and surface, these artists have brought the ancient traditions of ceramics firmly into the modern age.

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