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Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed - Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy

Asia Week New York

March 13 – April 26, 2019

Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed - Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy
Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), Large rounded white vessel

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Large rounded white vessel

1936

Glazed porcelain

8 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches

Inv# 10905

SOLD

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), Sake flask with fern pattern

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Sake flask with fern pattern

after 1952

Glazed porcelain with gold and silver glazes over red overglaze

6 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Inv# 10772

POR

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), Iro-e square covered box

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Iro-e square covered box

1941

Glazed porcelain

2 5/8 x 7 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches

Inv# 11035

SOLD

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), Sake flask with 4-petal floral pattern

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Sake flask with 4-petal floral pattern

1944

Polychrome overglaze enameled porcelain

7 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Inv# 10771

POR

Kawai Kanjirō (1890-1966), Flask-vase with floral relief decoration

Kawai Kanjirō (1890-1966)

Flask-vase with floral relief decoration

ca. 1953

Polychrome-glazed stoneware

6 x 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches

Inv# 10725

SOLD

Hamada Shōji (1894-1978), Vessel with resist patterning

Hamada Shōji (1894-1978)

Vessel with resist patterning

ca. 1976

Persimmon-glazed stoneware

10 x 8 1/2 x 8 inches

Inv# 10726

SOLD

Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979), Tubular sculpture with stamped floral pattern

Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979)

Tubular sculpture with stamped floral pattern

ca. 1957

Slip-glazed stoneware

Inv# 10717

9 1/2 x 4 x 3 3/4 inches

SOLD

Kitaōji Rosanjin (1886-1963), Sake flask with curvilinear and polka-dot pattern

Kitaōji Rosanjin (1886-1963)

Sake flask with curvilinear and polka-dot pattern

ca. 1940

Polychrome overglaze enameled porcelain

4 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches

Inv# 10696

SOLD

Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) (1919-1992), Vase with geometric patterning

Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) (1919-1992)

Vase with geometric patterning

ca. 1972

Overglaze enameled stoneware

8 7/8 x 9 3/8 x 10 inches

Inv# 10719

SOLD

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985), Round white vessel

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985)

Round white vessel

1938

Glazed porcelain

7 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches

SOLD

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985), Vase with plum-blossom pattern

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985)

Vase with plum-blossom pattern

ca. 1976

Cobalt-blue glazed porcelain with gold overglaze

8 x 8 inches

Inv# 10840

SOLD

Kondō Yutaka (1932-1983), Textured vase with impressed patterning

Kondō Yutaka (1932-1983)

Textured vase with impressed patterning

ca. 1982

Glazed stoneware with white slip inlay

13 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches

Inv# 10374

$6,850

Yanagihara Mutsuo (b. 1934), Silver oribe sculpted vessel

Yanagihara Mutsuo (b. 1934)

Silver oribe sculpted vessel

1997-98

Glazed stoneware

19 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

Inv# 10846

SOLD

Tamura Kōichi (1918-1987), Iron and copper-glazed, plum blossom patterned, large vessel

Tamura Kōichi (1918-1987)

Iron and copper-glazed, plum blossom patterned, large vessel

ca. 1983

Glazed stoneware

13 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Inv# 11016

SOLD

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013), Vessel with silver banding

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013)

Vessel with silver banding

ca. 1979

Glazed stoneware with silver overglaze

9 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Inv# 10758

SOLD

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013), Bluish green tubular vessel

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013)

Bluish green tubular vessel

ca. 1967

Glazed stoneware

11 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches

SOLD

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934), Vessel with wave pattern

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934)

Vessel with wave pattern

ca. 1990

Glazed stoneware

12 x 10 x 6 inches

Inv# 10730

SOLD

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983), Columnar vessel with ribbon pattern

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Columnar vessel with ribbon pattern

1976

Glazed stoneware

10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

Inv# 10953

SOLD

Wada Morihiro (1944-2008), Black, red and ochre rectangular waisted standing vessel

Wada Morihiro (1944-2008)

Black, red and ochre rectangular waisted standing vessel

ca. 1995

Slip-glazed stoneware

11 3/4 x 8 x 7 3/4 inches

Inv# 10703

SOLD

Nagasawa Setsuko (b. 1941), Black and white two-part sculpture

Nagasawa Setsuko (b. 1941)

Black and white two-part sculpture

2018

Glazed porcelain and stoneware

17 x 7 7/8 x 11 inches

SOLD

Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012), Against the Winds

Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012)

Against the Winds

2010

Glazed stoneware with colored-clay bands

18 3/4 x 19 x 5 inches

Inv# 10872

SOLD

Tsuboi Asuka (b. 1932), Spring Autumn Philosopher's Lane

Tsuboi Asuka (b. 1932)

Spring Autumn Philosopher's Lane

2018

Glazed stoneware with gold overglaze

11 1/4 x 8 x 7 1/2 inches

Inv# 10891

SOLD 

Matsuda Yuriko (b. 1943), Iro-e teabowl, ca. 2016

Matsuda Yuriko (b. 1943)

Iro-e teabowl, ca. 2016

Glazed porcelain

3 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Inv# 10769

SOLD

Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948), Faceted water jar decorated with bird motif

Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948)

Faceted water jar decorated with bird motif

1982

Five-color enameled porcelain with silver overglaze

5 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

SOLD

Hayashi Kaku (b. 1953), Cloudy Now; Fine Later

Hayashi Kaku (b. 1953)

Cloudy Now; Fine Later

2018

Glazed stoneware with gold and platinum overglazes

9 x 13 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches

Inv# 10884

SOLD

Kawasaki Tsuyoshi (b. 1942), Machi; Townscape

Kawasaki Tsuyoshi (b. 1942)

Machi; Townscape

2014

Glazed stoneware with a thin layer of porcelain clay

12 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 13 inches

Inv# 10889

SOLD

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003), Marbleized vessel with tidal-grass patterning

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003)

Marbleized vessel with tidal-grass patterning

ca. 1989

Marbleized stoneware

11 1/2 x 12 inches

Inv# 10845

SOLD

Kondō Takahiro (b. 1958), Monolith-Blue Mist

Kondō Takahiro (b. 1958)

Monolith-Blue Mist

2017

Glazed porcelain, cast glass and silver mist glaze

34 x 7 1/2 x 5 inches

Inv# 10748

SOLD

Kitamura Junko (b. 1956), Double-walled vessel

Kitamura Junko (b. 1956)

Double-walled vessel

2004

Stoneware ith black slip glaze, inlaid with white slip glaze

7 x 10 1/2 inches

Inv# 11103

$7,000

Sakiyama Takayuki (b. 1958), Chōtō; "Listening to the Waves"

Sakiyama Takayuki (b. 1958)

Chōtō; "Listening to the Waves"

2018

Stoneware with sand glaze

16 1/2 x 16 x 16 1/2 inches

Inv# 10883

SOLD

Katsumata Chieko (b. 1950), Akoda; Pumpkin

Katsumata Chieko (b. 1950)

Akoda; Pumpkin

2018

Stoneware with matte glazes

11 x 12 x 10 inches

Inv# 10754

SOLD

Tashima Etsuko (b. 1959), Cornucopia 00-VIII

Tashima Etsuko (b. 1959)

Cornucopia 00-VIII

2000

Stoneware and cast glass

16 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 7 inches

Inv# 10848

SOLD

Takeuchi Kōzō (b. 1977), Modern Remains: Intention

Takeuchi Kōzō (b. 1977)

Modern Remains: Intention

2018

Porcelain, lacquer on wood

31 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 16 inches

Inv# 10847

SOLD

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed:
Tomimoto Kenkichi and His Enduring Legacy
MARCH 13 - APRIL 20, 2018
39 EAST 78TH STREET NYC

 

NY, NY  March  2019  Our groundbreaking exhibition and its accompanying publication, Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy, the first of its type outside Japan, opens during Asia Week New York at Joan B Mirviss LTD. Presented in conjunction with  Japan’s leading modern ceramic dealer, SHIBUYA KURODATOEN CO., LTD., the exhibition focuses on the remarkable artist and teacher, Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963).   While, a relative unknown in the west, Tomimoto is revered as the father of this field.  He was the most significant figure in the world of twentieth-century Japanese ceramics and his impact continues through his gifted and inspired former pupils and their talented students, many of whom are now professors of ceramics. Together they have transformed and surpassed the classical standards for functional ceramic excellence—devotion to the ancient Chinese traditions in tandem with an allegiance to the late 16th-century Momoyama tea wares–– and brought to their oeuvres a new, contemporary, and highly influential sensibility. Without Tomimoto and his legacy of pupils, Japan would not be in the preeminent position as champion of contemporary clay that it is today.

 

            “The  legacy  Tomimoto  left  his students, through his many  texts

            and instructions at university, is of utmost importance to the history

            of  Japanese  art….The  discourse  of  modern Japanese ceramics

            was profoundly affected by Tomimoto’s teaching.”

                                                --Meghen M. Jones, Dissertation, 2014, p. 287

 As a technical innovator and genius with surface decoration, Tomimoto Kenkichi was the founder of the ceramics department at Kyoto City University of Arts, which profoundly changed the direction for the next generation of clay artists. Tomimoto believed  that patterns  should never  be reused and  took inspiration from nature in order to keep his work fresh and new often instructing his students:

“For pattern, look to nature and its beauty–– form, line, and color. Study and understand how they are structured.”

Not born into a traditional pottery family but educated in things western, having traveled in the  West and befriended the major  English ceramic artist, Bernard Leach, Tomimoto had a much broader view of Japanese ceramics than many of his contemporaries. As a teacher, he expounded on the importance of individuality, originality, and the confluence of forms and patterns. Throughout his life, he remained steadfast in his own beliefs and attempted to instill these ethical values in his pupils.

Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy will showcase works by the teacher along with ceramics by his former pupils, artists and teachers in their own right,  and their pupils. Noteworthy among this illustrious group are  Kamoda Shōji, Kondō Yūzō, Kuriki Tatsusuke,  Matsuda Yuriko, Tamura Kōichi, Tsuboi Asuka, Wada Morihiro and Yanagihara Mutsuo. From the third generation are Hayashi Kaku, Koike Shōko, Kondō Takahiro, Maeda Masahiro, Matsui Kōsei, Ogawa Machiko, and Tashima Etsuko.  Masterworks by many of the greatest stars of Japanese modern and contemporary ceramics will be on view, some created specifically for this important exhibition. 

 Additionally, to give further historical context to the show, the exhibition will include vessels by several of Tomimoto’s renown contemporaries in the field: Hamada Shōji, Kawai Kanjirō, Kitaōji Rosanjin, Kiyomizu Rokubey VII, and Yagi Kazuo, all of who took independent paths.

In our accompanying scholarly publication, we are honored to include scholarly essays by noted experts: Kida Takuya, Professor at Musashino Art University and author of numerous articles on this topic, Meghen M. Jones, Assistant Professor of Art History at Alfred University who wrote her dissertation on Tomimoto; and emerging scholar Trevor Menders. Their essays are complemented by recollections from several of Tomimoto’s former pupils and pioneers in their own right.