Kondo Yutaka

The Transformation of a Traditional Kyoto Family

November 10 – December 17, 2010

Installation view
November 2010

Kondo Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Textured black glazed stoneware vase with white glaze, impressed plum blossom patterning and white slip inlay, 1979
Stoneware with slip glaze
14 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches
SOLD

Kondo Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Black and white glazed square stoneware platter with rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1973
Stoneware with slip glaze
1 1/2 x12 1/4 inches
Inv# 6712
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Spherical white and black glazed stoneware vase with rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1973
Stone with black and white glazes
10 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches, Inv# 6711
SOLD

Kondo Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Cylindrical white and black glazed stoneware vase with rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1964
Stone with black and white glazes
11 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches, Inv# 6710
SOLD

Kondo Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Square stoneware sculptured vessel with white slip and black ink glazes and double tapered mouths , 1964
Stoneware with slip glaze
12 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches
SOLD

Kondo Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Textured black glazed stoneware vase with impressed and rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1982
Stoneware with slip glaze
11 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches; Inv# 6715
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Black glazed stoneware vase with impressed and rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1973
Stoneware with black and white glazes
13 x 9 1/2 inches; Inv# 6643
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Narrow black and white slip-glazed stoneware vase with rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1973
Stoneware with black and white glazes
14 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 6644
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Textured black glazed stoneware vase with impressed patterning and white slip inlay, 1982
Stoneware with slip glaze
10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Inv# 6718
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Textured black glazed stoneware vase with impressed patterning and white slip inlay, 1982
Stoneware with slip glaze
12 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
Inv# 6717
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
White slip glazed stoneware vase with black glaze and impressed patterning, 1977
Stoneware with slip glaze
9 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches; Inv# 6713
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
"Footprint of the Buddha" set of two rectangular black glazed sculptural pieces with impressed patterning and white slip inlay, 1979
7 11/16 x 7 3/4 x 15 11/16 inches each
Inv# 4287
Halsey and Alice North Collection

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
"Footprint of the Buddha" set of two rectangular black glazed sculptural pieces with impressed patterning and white slip inlay, 1979
7 11/16 x 7 3/4 x 15 11/16 inches each
Inv# 4287
Halsey and Alice North Collection

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
White and black slip-glazed stoneware vase with rouletted patterning and white slip inlay, 1973
Stoneware with black and white glazes
15 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches
Inv# 6642
SOLD

Kondô Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Textured black glazed stoneware vase with impressed patterning and white slip inlay, 1982
Stoneware with slip glaze
14 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches
Inv# 6716
SOLD

Kondo Yutaka (1932 - 1983)
Tall stoneware sculptured vessel with white slip and black ink glazes and double tapered mouths, 1964
Stoneware with slip glaze
19 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches; Inv# 6709
SOLD

Kondô Yuzo (1902 - 1985)
Glazed white porcelain plate with cobalt blue underglaze landscape decoration
Glazed Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze
1 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches
Inv# 6405
SOLD

Kondo Yuzo (1902 - 1985)
Gold overglazed porcelain vase with cobalt blue underglaze decoration of pomegranates, ca. 1978
Glazed porcelain with gold overglaze and cobalt blue underglaze
8 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Inv# 6706
SOLD

Kondô Yuzo (1902 - 1985)
White glazed porcelain vase with cobalt blue underglaze decoration of pomegranates
ca. 1955
Glazed Porcelain
6 1/2 x 6 inches; Inv# 6707 SOLD

Kondô Yuzo (1902 - 1985)
Red enamel glazed porcelain vase with gold overglaze decoration of the "Three Friends"--plum, bamboo and pine decoration, ca.1970
Glazed Porcelain
9 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches; Inv# 6554
SOLD

Kondô Yuzo (1902 - 1985)
Glazed white porcelain vase with cobalt blue underglaze bamboo decoration, ca. 1977
Glazed Porcelain white cobalt blue underglaze
8 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches
Inv# 6553
SOLD

Kondô Yuzo (1902 - 1985)
Vase decorated with thistle plants in blue-and-white (sometsuke),1965
Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze
8 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches
Inv# 6648
SOLD

Kondo Hiroshi (b. 1936)
White glazed porcelain vase with cobalt blue underglaze decoration of bamboo
2009
Glazed porcelain
6 1/2 x 6 inches; Inv# 6719
SOLD

Kondô Hiroshi (b. 1936)
Glazed white porcelain vase with plum blossom decoration in blue, gold and red enamel glazes, 2009
Glazed porcelain with blue, gold and red glazes
8 1/4 x 7 7/8inches
Inv# 6720
SOLD

Kondô Hiroshi (b. 1936)
Sometsuke vase of a pine tree, 2009
Glazed porcelain
9 1/4 x 9 7/8inches
Inv# 6721
SOLD

Kondo Takahiro (b. 1958)
Black porcelain form with white porcelain inlay and gold and silver mist overglaze and black cast glass cover, 2010
Black porcelain with white porcelain inlay and gold and silver mist overglaze and glass cover
4 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches, Inv# 6640
SOLD

Kondo Takahiro (b. 1958)
Red glazed porcelain form with gold and silver mist overglazes and red cast glass cover, 2010
Porcelain with red and metallic glazes and glass cover
4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches
Inv# 6641
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Blue and green glazed porcelain sculpture with silver mist overglaze and frosted cast glass cover, 2010
Porcelain with blue and green glazes, silver mist overglaze and glass cover
10 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches, Inv# 6723
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Four legged blue, white and black glazed porcelain form with gold and silver mist overglazes, 2010
Porcelain with black, white and metallic glazes
6 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Inv# 6724
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Vertical black porcelain form with white porcelain inlay and silver mist overglaze and black cast glass cover, 2010
Porcelain with black, white and silver glazes
10 1/4 x 6 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 6729
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Horizontal rectangular black porcelain form with white porcelain inlay, silver mist overglaze and black pâte de verre glass cover, 2010
Porcelain with black, white and metallic glazes
7 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 3 5/8 inches; Inv# 6730
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Rectangular four legged black porcelain form with white porcelain inlay, silver mist overglaze and black pate de verre glass cover, 2010
Porcelain with white, black and metallic glazes and glass
Inv# 6727
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Four legged red, white and black glazed porcelain form with gold and silver mist overglazes, 2010
Porcelain with red, white, black and metallic glazes, Inv# 6725
SOLD

Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958)
Rectangular four legged red, white and black glazed porcelain form with gold and silver mist overglazes and clear cast glass cover, 2010
Porcelain with white, red, black and metallic glazes and glass
4 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches; Inv# 6726
SOLD

Press Release

In the October 2010 Issue of Apollo Magazine, Abby Cronin writes: "Joan Mirviss, a New York-based dealer with over 30 years experience, regards Takahiro as one of the top three Japanese ceramicists working today (prices range from £2,350–£10,500), as well as Akiyama Yō and Fukami Sueharu. Commenting on the market for contemporary Japanese ceramics, Ms Mirviss says, ‘Many people in this field have a sophisticated approach to collecting. They are not first-time collectors. I have a number of clients who are actually selling their Western ceramics to buy Japanese ceramics’. "

See our News Section for the full article.

Opening at Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. on November 10th, is “Kondô Yutaka: The Transformation of a Traditional Kyoto Family,” created in collaboration with the Kondô family. This show focuses on the work of Kondô Yutaka (1932-83), a remarkable artist and gifted teacher who inspired many of today’s established clay artists in Japan, who was the pivotal figure in his ceramic family before his untimely death. Drawn from the family’s collection and offered for the first time, fourteen of his works will be seen in the context of his highly unusual heritage, both as a member of a Kyoto samurai family and as the son of the celebrated ceramist and designated Living National Treasure for cobalt blue-and-white (sometsuke) porcelain, Kondô Yûzô (1902-85).

Perhaps in response to this heavy familial mantle of responsibility, Yutaka created a personal aesthetic vocabulary inspired by extensive foreign travels and teaching opportunities around the world. Early on, he was captivated by ancient Korean punch’ong ware (called mishima ware in Japanese) wherein the surface patterning is created through incising or stamping a repeated, intricate design that is then covered with white liquid slip that fills only the depressions after being scraped off the raised surface. He strove to create work that captured the simple beauty of Korean ceramics while simultaneously expressing a uniquely contemporary, poetic, and abstract sensibility. In many ways Yutaka’s life and work may be seen as the pivotal element which brought the Kyoto-based Kondô family into the twenty-first century, as embodied in the achievements of his nephew, the international artist Kondô Takahiro (b. 1958) who will be represented with numerous recent works illustrating his artistic relationship to the senior artist-members of his distinguished family.


Now the third generation in this celebrated line of clay artists, Kondô Takahiro recently commented, "My uncle Yûtaka had a big influence on me, both in his life and through his death, and having the opportunity to remember him through this exhibition, with my work and his shown together, is very meaningful for me.  He would have been very pleased too." He further explained, "I am very conscious that having passed fifty, I am now just about the same age he was when he died.  The effect of his death on my life was that I went from being a table tennis champion to rejoining the world of ceramics that he had so suddenly departed.  I find myself thinking of our lives and how they intersected, overlapped and diverged.”

In total, the exhibition will have more than forty works available including several from the family collection by the grandfather, Yûzô, and brother, Hiroshi. This show is accompanied by a fully illustrated, thirty page booklet with two essays. Complementing this show will be the exhibition “Takahiro Kondo: Reflection” at Barry Friedman Ltd.
515 West 26th Street New York, NY from Nov. 12 –Jan. 20, 2011.

For visuals or further information, please contact Marilyn White at 973-783-3649 or mwhitepr@aol.com; alternatively at the gallery, Nami Dunham at 212-799-4021 or nami@mirviss.com; or visit www.mirviss.com