The Breath of Clay: The Life of Koichiro Isezaki’s Contemporary Bizen

  I am not an artist that thinks about the definition of tradition while making [my art]. We are tradition, we are a part of it. It’s not in the past. We live and continue through it.” – Koichiro Isezaki Bizen is characterized by significant hardness due to high temperature firing, its earthen-like, reddish-brown color,…

TOMIMOTO KENKICHI at Joan B Mirviss Gallery

Remarkably, despite the popularity of modern Japanese ceramics in the West, Tomimoto Kenkichi is relatively unknown. In Japan, however, he is revered as the father of the field. Without him, Japan would not be in the preeminent position as champion of contemporary clay art that it is today. This exhibition along with the publication, Vessel…

REFLECTIONS OF A SUMMERSCAPE

            Japanese Clay, Prints, and Paintings Joan B. Mirviss is presenting Reflections of a Summer Scape: Japanese clay, prints, and paintings from June 20 to August 17, 2018. The exhibition is inspired by the colors and elements of the Japanese summer landscape from the sweltering heat of the mid-day sun to the…

CELADON: YOSHIKAWA MASAMICHI

            If the Song Dynasty’s five kilns (Guan ware kiln 官窯, Ge ware kiln 哥窯, Ru ware kiln 汝窯, Ting ware kiln 定窯, and Jun ware kiln 鈞窯) represent the height of Chinese classic porcelain making, contemporary Japanese ceramics enjoy the same national status today within Japan and around the world. The work…

JOAN MIRVISS GALLERY PRESENTS THREE GIANTS

                      Three Giants: Kamoda Shoji, Matsui Kosei and Wada Morihiro. The exhibition focuses on three of Japan’s most significant clay artists each of whom contributed to altering the style and aesthetic of ceramic history. This will be the first opportunity to see outside of Japan, a…

NEWLY INSPIRED PHOTOGRAPHY

Mami Kosemura is a contemporary artist whose early photographs and animations reference traditional subjects taken from classical European motifs and Japanese. The artist explored the confluence between painting and filmmaking. Her current work pursues a new approach that incorporates various elements of painting, composition and perspective through her painting-like photographs that have a strong sense…

ASHOK JAIN GALLERY PRESENTS JAPANESE SUMMER ART SHOW

SAKIKO TOYAMA   MACHIKO KOIKE The group exhibition, “New Arts Prospect from Japan III 2016”, is in its third year presenting emerging and well-known artists from Japan, curated by Sai Morikawa. Ashok Jain Gallery has been holding this exhibition series with the purpose of introducing Japanese artists to New York City art scene.  Artists included: Eri…

TAISAN TANAKA

Taisan Tanaka is  a contemporary Japanese artist. He works in solely black and orange calligraphic ink that often have circular figures that the artist describes as gentle but can strongly effect the viewer’ heart. Japanese calligraphy (書道 shodō) is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language. For a long time, the…