Tsubo: The Art of The Vessel / Joan B Mirviss, New York
March 13 – April 24, 2015
With its unparalleled and unbroken history in ceramics, Japan continues to lead the world in the important field of contemporary clay art. In tribute to this accomplishment, Joan B. Mirviss is proud to present an important exhibition,Tsubo: The Art of the Vessel, organized in collaboration with the leading modern ceramic dealer in Japan, Shibuya Kuradatoen Co., LTD and timed to open for the start of 2015 Asia Week New York. This seminal exhibition focuses on the classical concept of the tsubo, literally, the storage jar, chronicling its uninterrupted history from ancient to modern times, and examining its role in shaping the greater ceramic narrative of Japan and clay art the world over.
The way in which the Japanese have approached and appreciated tsubo through history has been rather unique and special. Japanese poets, critics, collectors and scholars have referred to tsubo as works to be fondled and stroked, often identifying themselves with these seductive vessels to the point of losing themselves to their inner world. Descriptions of these vessels are pervasive throughout Japanese literature and history and contain now well-known poetic allusions. Admired through the centuries, these works have become widely treasured and acquired by collectors and museums both in Japan and abroad.
With works extending from Neolithic times, into 15th and 16th century medieval storage jars and through the 20th century, this exhibition will include over forty important clay vessels. Both glazed and unglazed, mineral-rich stoneware tsubo from many of the ancient kiln sites will be presented–– Bizen, Karatsu, Seto, Shigaraki, and Tamba. Porcelain vessels with delicate celadon, oil-spot, and blue-and-white, glazes and those formed with marbleized clay will provide insights into the important role that Chinese ceramics played in developments in Japan. Beyond the ancient and antique vessels, highlights will include daring forms by past master artists Kamoda Shôji (1933-83), Kawai Kanjirô (1890-1966), Kondô Yûzô (1902-85), Matsui Kôsei (1927-2003), Kitaôji Rosanjin (1883-1959), Okabe Mineo (1919-90), and Yagi Kazuo (1918-79) in addition to modern interpretations by current leading ceramic stars Kakurezaki Ryûichi (b. 1950), Mihara Ken (b. 1958), Mori Tôgaku (b. 1937) and Tsujimura Shirô (b. 1947).
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm.
Joan B Mirviss Ltd.
39 East 78th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10075
Above: Mihara Ken (b. 1958), Multi-fired vessel with cinched waist, horizontal score at center and surface colorations in orange and green, 2012, Multi-fired unglazed stoneware, 14 x 13 7/8 x 9 ¼ in.