ASIA WEEK NEW YORK 2015

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The Grandeur of Japanese Ceramics: From Tea Ware to Sculpture 

 Asia Week New York, March 13 - 21, 2015    

Hollis Taggart Galleries is located at 958 Madison Avenue, New York, Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10-5 and Saturday 11-5 Otherwise by Appointment 

       Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is proud to present The Grandeur of Japanese Ceramics: From Tea Ware to Sculpture during Asia Week New York 2015. 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 (人間国宝)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 an outstanding selection of works, including tea wares from Living National Treasure artists Shimizu Uichi (清水卯一), Miwa Kyusetu10th (10代三輪休雪), MIWA Kyusetsu11th (11代三輪休雪), Isezaki Jun (伊勢崎淳), Suzuki Osamu (鈴木藏), Arakawa Toyozo (荒川豊蔵), Ito Sekisui (伊藤赤水), Matsui Kosei (松井康成), Maeta Akihiro (前田昭博), and Tokuda Yasokichi (徳田八十吉), all of whom create instruments of the tea ceremony that is at the heart of Japanese culture. A selection of rare tea wares by Kitaoji Rosanjin (北大路魯山人), Tsuji Seimei (辻清明) and former Prime Minister Hosokawa Morihiro (細川護煕) will also be offered for purchasing.

        Among the outstanding voices, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is pleased to introduce Suzuki Goro's (鈴木五郎) whimsical Goribe series, such as horses, and boxes which bring together many disparate ceramic stylesinto a single, breathtaking work of art. The amalgamation of different styles seen in his work 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 nature, such as Higashida Shigemasa's (東田茂正) rare 32-inch-long Oribe Platter, which evokes the deep blue color and tumultuous movement of an ocean wave. Kohara Yasuhiro's (小原康裕) Shigaraki box was similarly born out of wildness, and is filled with exquisite red lacquer pigments and gold leaf.

      Ceramic sculpture pioneers such as Hayashi Yasuo (林康夫) and Suzuki Osamu (鈴木治) will be featured. Suzuki Osamu's important ceramic sculpture dates back to 1960, and resembles the work of early 20th century sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Still others, such as Fukami Sueharu (深見陶治), Kawase Shinobu (川瀬忍), and Nagae Shigekazu (長江重和) construct beautiful celadon works whose formal beauty and meditative balance reflect certain precepts of Japanese philosophy and Chinese tradition. Historically, Kyoto is the cradle of Avant-garde ceramic movement, which gave birth to ceramic giants like Kiyomizu Rokubei 7th (7代清水六兵衛), Morino Taimei (森野泰明), Akiyama Yo (秋山陽) and Takiguchi Kazuo (滝口和男).

      The work of a younger generation of artists bring fresh air to this already star-filled platform. These artists, including Ueba Kasumi (植葉香澄), Moriyama Kanjiro (森山寛二郎), Ichino Masahiko(市野雅彦), Goto Hideki (後藤秀樹), Kawabata Kentaro (川端健太郎) and Kim Hono (金憲鎬) bring a youthful modern energy to this traditional medium through formal, technical, and decorative experimentation. Their innovative and inspired works ensure the continuation of the ceramic tradition and offer glimpses of new and exciting directions in the field.

All of the works presented blur the line between functional vessel and pure aesthetic object. Many of these artists were trained as potters, and the aesthetic considerations of that practice finds its way 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.