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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

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

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934), Rectangular vessel decorated with abstract linear patterning in gold overglaze

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934)

Rectangular vessel decorated with abstract linear patterning in gold overglaze

ca. 1990

Glazed stoneware

12 1/8 x 11 1/8 x 5 1/4 inches

Inv# 11083

$7,850

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934), Square standing vase with key patterning in gold and turquoise overglaze

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934)

Square standing vase with key patterning in gold and turquoise overglaze

ca. 1989

Glazed stoneware

11 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches

Inv# 11084

$8,500

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

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

RESERVED

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

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

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013), Platter with geometric patterning

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013)

Platter with geometric patterning

ca. 1980

Glazed stoneware with silver and green overglazes

1 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Inv# 10759

POR

Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed - Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy
Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), Kazarizara “boke”;

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Kazarizara “boke”;

Depiction of platter decorated with flowering quince

1928 (dated on original box inscription)

Hanging scroll; ink on paper with TK ceramic endrollers

12 1/4 x 12 inches; 46 x 15 5/8 inches (with mount)

Inv# 10743

$4,850

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

Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed - Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy
Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003), Small globular neriage (marbleized) vase

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003)

Small globular neriage (marbleized) vase

ca. 1980

Marbleized stoneware

3 7/8 x 5 3/8 inches

Inv# 10783

$9,500

Kiyomizu Rokubey VII (1922-2006), Light brown square vase

Kiyomizu Rokubey VII (1922-2006)

Light brown square vase

1957

Glazed stoneware

6 1/8 x 6 7/8 inches

Inv# 10737

POR

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

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

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983), Square dish with colorful leaf patterning

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Square dish with colorful leaf patterning

1972

Slip-glazed stoneware

1 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 6 inches

Inv# 10018

POR

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NEW YORK, NY December 2018 JOAN B MIRVISS LTD with the invaluable assistance of Japan's leading modern ceramic dealer, Shibuya Kurodatoen Co., LTD is honored to present Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy. This groundbreaking exhibition and its accompanying publication, the first of its type outside Japan, focuses on the remarkable artist and teacher, Tomimoto Kenkichi. While, a relative unknown in the west, Tomimoto is revered as the father of his 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 standard for functional ceramic excellence-devotion to the ancient Chinese traditions or allegiance to the late 16th- century Momoyama tea wares- and brought to their oeuvres a new, contemporary, and highly influential sensibility. Furthermore, this caused the ancient system of familial kilns and stylistic heritages to give way to university relationships that spawned artistic families of their own. Without Tomimoto himself and his legacy of pupils, Japan would not be in the preeminent position as champion of contemporary clay that it is today.

"The legacy of Tomimoto left his students, through his many texts and instructions at university, is of utmost importance to the history of Japanese art and deserves a separate study. The discourse of modern Japanese ceramics was profoundly affected by Tomimoto's teachings." (Meghan 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 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 himself along with ceramics by his former pupils, artists and teachers in their own right and their pupils. In all, some of the greatest stars of Japanese modern ceramics and contemporary ceramics will be on show. Below is a selection from the artists being included.

Contemporaries of Tomimoto- students and colleagues

HAMADA Shōji
KAWAI Kanjirō
KONDŌ Yūzō
YAGI Kazuō

Second Generation Students of Tomimoto Kenkichi

FUJIMOTO Yoshimichi Nōdō
KAMODA Shōji
KURIKI Tatsusuke
MATSUDA Yuriko
TAMURA Kōichi
TSUBOI Atsuka
WADA Morihiro
YANAGIHARA Mutsuo

Third Generation Artists (included in catalogue)

FUTAMURA Yoshimi
HAYASHI Kaku
KATSUMATA Chieko
KOIKE Shōko
KONDŌ Takahiro
MAEDA Masahiro
MATSUI Kōsei
OGAWA Machiko
TASHIMA Etsuko

In putting together the seminal publication to accompany our legacy exhibition, we are honored to have enlisted the services of esteemed experts in this area: Kida Takuya, Professor at Musashino Art University and author of numerous articles on this topic, Meghen 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.

About Joan B. Mirviss LTD

Joan B. Mirviss has been a distinguished expert in Japanese art, specializing in fine art and ceramics for more than forty years. She is the leading Western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and from her New York gallery on Madison Avenue, JOAN B MIRVISS LTD exclusively represents the top Japanese clay artists. As a widely published and highly respected specialist in her field. Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums, major private collectors, and corporations.

For show information and high-resolution images, please contact the gallery at 212-799-4021 or via email at director@mirviss.com