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Current Exhibition

Summer Clay: Textures of the Shoreline

Ceramics appeal to collectors, in part due to their tactility. Viewing and handling a vessel may spark associative memories of places visited and times-gone-by. Summer Clay: Textures of the Shoreline showcases contemporary Japanese ceramics – the surfaces and shapes of which evoke reminiscences of idyllic days spent at the sea- side. For this exhibition, the works have been selected for their ability to prompt such palpable recollections and the ceramics of both modern and contemporary clay masters are included.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Composite Memories: The Clay Art of Kishi Eiko

September 10 - October 25, 2019

It is with great pride that we present our fourth solo exhibition with Kishi Eiko (b. 1948), reflecting our close relationship of over two decades. One of the foremost artists for contemporary Japanese clay sculpture, Kishi is celebrated internationally for her power- ful architectonic sculptures. Dynamic multiple planes are magically balanced with tilted axes and her inimitable mosaic-like surfaces (saiseki zogan) are always front and center with more than ten colors of chamotte mixed into her clay.

Waves of Optical Illusion, Ogata Kamio

September 10 - October 25, 2019

The unique and optically stunning marbleized ceramics of Ogata Kamio (b. 1949 ) have earned this Hokkaidō artist entry into numerous international exhibitions, despite his rural birthplace. We are excited to present this master ceramist’s first solo show out- side Japan. Ogata Kamio is a self-taught artist who specializes in the extremely arduous art of neriage, or marbleized clay. His pleated, mesmerizing vessels are what Louise Nicholson of Apollo magazine, compares to “a Fortuny creation in clay.”

In the Museums

Kitaōji Rosanjin– The Renaissance of Japanese Ceramics: The Path to Contemporary Art

July 2 - Augst 25, 2019

This exhibition, while centering on the work of Rosanjin, also includes ceramics by his contemporaries, including KAWAKITA Handeishi, ISHIGURO Munemaro, ARAKAWA Toyozō and YAGI Kazuo, together with examples of the Chinese, Korean and Japanese antique ceramics that they studied. You will be able to view the rich achievements of these mid-century masterworks that are the foundation of modern Japanese ceramics, from their very origins and into the future.

 

In the News

Shibuya Eiichi Solo Exhibition at the Hagi Uragami Art Museum

Congratulations to Shibuya Eiichi on his fantastic solo exhibition at the Hagi Uragami Art Museum! The show opened on April 22nd following the artist’s award of the Grand Prize in the 4th Hagi Grand Prix last year. We are very proud to represent Shibuya in the United States and look forward to showing more of his work in the future.

Miwa Kazuhiko (b.1951) assumes the family title of Miwa Kyūsetsu XIII

We are pleased to announce that as of this past May, Miwa Kazuhiko has assumed the family title of Miwa Kyūsetsu XIII after the retirement of his elder brother, Miwa Kyūsetsu XII (Ryōsaku) who will continue working but under the name of Ryūkishō. This transfer marks the continuation of the ceramic lineage of the Miwa family, which has for four centuries, been the most celebrated family working in the Hagi ceramic tradition.

 

Artwork of the Month

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003)

Small spherical neriage (marbleized) vessel in shades of gray, yellow, ochre and eggplant clays
ca. 1989
Clear-glazed marbleized stoneware 6 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.

This small globular vase, calling to mind a heavenly body or perhaps waves crashing upon sand, is a captivating example of random neriage (marbleized clay) by LNT Matsui Kōsei. Each color represents a different clay layer, all stacked one upon the other with seeming abandonment but in reality, a care- fully executed composition, creating an undulating, hypnotic pattern once turned into a round vessel.

Although a student of the glazing expert, Tamura Kōichi, Matsui Kōsei was captivated by neriage (marble- ized colored-clay) and became the seminal figure in its revival. As a priest at the Gessō-ji in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Matsui studied numerous examples of ancient Chinese ceramics, allowing him to perfect his neriage technique. Far surpassing these historic precedents, Matsui created original abstract and geometric surface patterns, often with a rough-hewn texture, using a variety of techniques. His meticulous research in this difficult process culminated in worldwide recognition for his tradition-steeped vessels, so much so that in 1993 he was designated a Living National Treasure.