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SUMMER SCULPTURES

Summer Sculpture 2021

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SUMMER SCULPTURES at Joan B MIrviss LTD
From June 21, 2021
In gallery and online

Opening on the first day of summer, the latest exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD showcases the many ways that earth, through fire, can appear to transform into completely different materials. Our featured artists take advantage of this elemental change to shape clay into strikingly inventive sculptures. Some go further in exploiting these unexpected transformations by adding textures or patterns to evoke wood, metal, rubber, glass, stone, or textile.

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Through the use of a rare type of gray clay and multiple firings, Itō Tadashi (b.1952) creates sculptures that have the appearance of antique metal. The large geometric works of Imai Hyōe (b. 1951), with their hemispheres of concentric black bands, suggest the elasticity of rubber. Rectangular decorations in matte glazes on the tiered block form by Sawada Hayato (b. 1978) emphasize its wood-like appearance, as if it were hewn rather than molded.
Celadon glaze has long been prized for its translucent quality reminiscent of glass, a trait that Kino Satoshi (b. 1987), Minegishi Seikō (b. 1952), and Yagi Akira (b. 1955) highlight in their various light-catching sculptures.
 

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Fujino Sachiko’s (b. 1950) background in textiles informs her approach to folding and pleating clay with the intricacy of fabric, which in her latest sculptures she employs to great effect.
And in a rare departure from her biomorphic forms, a recent work by Katsumata Chieko (b. 1950) looks like an encrusted stone pillar excavated from ancient ruins, an effect enhanced by its ridged monolithic form and textured gray surface.

 This summer, each of our artists explore the endlessly surprising transformations possible in clay.

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Nowhere is the utter transformation of clay more evident, however, than in the flower forms of Sugiura Yasuyoshi (b. 1949). Sugiura’s stunning, oversized summer blooms appear complete with delicate petals, curling leaves, and individual stamen. His naturalistic sculptures point to the real mysteries that can arise from the earth, as each of our artists explore the endlessly surprising transformations possible in clay.

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Alongside these remarkable sculptures, we present a group of ukiyo-e prints by renowned masters such as Ohara Koson (1877-1945) and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92). Also on display is a two-fold screen by Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799), whose masterful composition of animated, swimming ducks is perfectly balanced with an open, unpainted sky.

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, Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums, major private collectors and corporations. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm. For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact us at 212-799-4021 or director@mirviss.com.

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Akiyama Yō (b.1953)
Untitled T-198
2019
Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating
15 x 27 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.
$ 48,000

Inquire

MINEGISHI SEIKŌ (b. 1952)

Faceted vessel with hexagonal mouth

2019

 Celadon craquelure glazed stoneware

11 3/8 x 15 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.

$8,650

Inquire

SUGIURA YASUYOSHI (b. 1949)

Pseudo Camellia

2016

Glazed stoneware

15  3/4 x 21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in.

$14,000

Inquire

KINO SATOSHI (b. 1987)

Oroshi "Rasen"; Mountain Gust "Spiral"

2019

Glazed porcelain

9 7/8 x 16 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.

$9,750

Inquire

KATSUMATA CHIEKO (b. 1950)

Untitled

2019

Glazed chamotte-encrusted stoneware

13 7/8  x 9 x 7 in.

$4,500

Inquire

ITŌ TADASHI (b. 1952)

A Drop from the Ocean

2010

Unglazed stoneware

8 1/4 x 13 x 9 7/8 in.

$3,950

Inquire

TOKUSAWA MITSUNORI (b. 1976)

Diagonally carved sue-karatsu vase

2016

Unglazed stoneware (with glazed interior for impermeability)

11 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.

$2,950

Inquire

YAMADA AKIRA (b. 1959)
Black and red striped flaring vase
2014
Glazed porcelain
11 7/8 x 11 x 10 1/2 in.
$3,800

Inquire

SAWADA HAYATO (b. 1978)

Tokyo

2019

Glazed stoneware

18 3/8  x 11 5/8  x 14 3/4  in.

$6,250

Inquire

TSUKAMOTO SEIJIRŌ (b. 1944)

Standing fan-shaped form

2009

Stoneware

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

$9,500

Inquire

IMAI HYŌE (b. 1951)

Kokutō; Black Work 

2015

Black smoke-infused stoneware

14 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 15 in.

$5,500

Inquire

KAKUREZAKI RYŪICHI (b. 1950)

Long platter with silver-colored glaze

2013

Glazed stoneware

3 1/8 x 41 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

$12,000

Inquire

AKIYAMA YŌ (b. 1953)

Untitled T-196

2019

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

12 1/4 x 15 1/8 x 19 3/4 in.

$28,000

Inquire

TSUJI SEIMEI (1927-2008)

Shigaraki ceramic can 

1993

Yakishime (unglazed) stoneware

8 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 5 in.

$7,500

Inquire

ITŌ TADASHI (b. 1952)

A Drop from the Ocean

2012

Unglazed stoneware

9 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.

$3,850

Inquire

ICHINO MASAHIKO (b. 1961)

Akadobe-glazed ovoid vase 

2012

Glazed stoneware

16 x 14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.

$6,500

Inquire

MORI TŌGAKU (b. 1937)

Bizen sculptural, triangular box 

ca. 1970

Unglazed stoneware

9 1/2 x 9 7/8 x 11 in.

$7,850

Inquire

AKIYAMA YŌ (b. 1953)

Untitled MV-207

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating and slip with blue pigment

6 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.

$8,800

Inquire

Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858)

Pair of paintings of morning glories

and a bottle gourd vine

ca. 1850

Ink, color, and gold on silk

65 x 13 1/8 in.

32 x 9 3/4 in. (exclusive of mount)

POR 

Inquire

Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799)

Swimming Ducks

ca. 1790

Ink and light color on paper

54 x 59 inches

POR 

Inquire

Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918)

Blossoming pink peonies with white butterfly

ca. 1900-1910

Ink and color on silk

$8,750

Inquire

Ito Shinsui (1898-1972)

Washing Hair

1936

Dai ōban tate-e

11 1/4 x 17 1/8 in.

$6,500

Inquire

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92)

Relaxed: The Appearance of a Geisha during the Kansei Era

from the series Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

1888 February 26

Ōban tate-e

$1,450

Inquire

Hasegawa Sadanobu I (1809-79)

Pheasant and chrysanthemums

(reproduction of a print by Hiroshige)

Mid 1850’s

Ōtanzaku

$5,500

Inquire

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Sparrow and bamboo

ca. 1845

Chūtanzaku

12 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.

RESERVED

Inquire

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Red carp and two other fish swim

beneath waterlilies

1935

Dai ōban yoko-e

$5,400

Inquire

Itō Sōzan (b. 1884-?)

Owl in a cryptomeria tree at night

1919-1926

Ōtanzaku tate-e

$1,250

Inquire

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Magnolia and magpie

1931

Dai ōban tate-e

$2,450

Inquire

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Blue and white flycatcher on a pomegranate branch

1935

Unusually large shikishiban

$1,250

Inquire

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Camellias with white birds

1929

Ōban tate-e

$2,350

Inquire

Akiyama Yō (b.1953)
Untitled T-198
2019
Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating
15 x 27 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.
$ 48,000

MINEGISHI SEIKŌ (b. 1952)

Faceted vessel with hexagonal mouth

2019

 Celadon craquelure glazed stoneware

11 3/8 x 15 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.

$8,650

SUGIURA YASUYOSHI (b. 1949)

Pseudo Camellia

2016

Glazed stoneware

15  3/4 x 21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in.

$14,000

KINO SATOSHI (b. 1987)

Oroshi "Rasen"; Mountain Gust "Spiral"

2019

Glazed porcelain

9 7/8 x 16 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.

$9,750

KATSUMATA CHIEKO (b. 1950)

Untitled

2019

Glazed chamotte-encrusted stoneware

13 7/8  x 9 x 7 in.

$4,500

ITŌ TADASHI (b. 1952)

A Drop from the Ocean

2010

Unglazed stoneware

8 1/4 x 13 x 9 7/8 in.

$3,950

TOKUSAWA MITSUNORI (b. 1976)

Diagonally carved sue-karatsu vase

2016

Unglazed stoneware (with glazed interior for impermeability)

11 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.

$2,950

YAMADA AKIRA (b. 1959)
Black and red striped flaring vase
2014
Glazed porcelain
11 7/8 x 11 x 10 1/2 in.
$3,800

SAWADA HAYATO (b. 1978)

Tokyo

2019

Glazed stoneware

18 3/8  x 11 5/8  x 14 3/4  in.

$6,250

TSUKAMOTO SEIJIRŌ (b. 1944)

Standing fan-shaped form

2009

Stoneware

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

$9,500

IMAI HYŌE (b. 1951)

Kokutō; Black Work 

2015

Black smoke-infused stoneware

14 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 15 in.

$5,500

KAKUREZAKI RYŪICHI (b. 1950)

Long platter with silver-colored glaze

2013

Glazed stoneware

3 1/8 x 41 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.

$12,000

AKIYAMA YŌ (b. 1953)

Untitled T-196

2019

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating

12 1/4 x 15 1/8 x 19 3/4 in.

$28,000

TSUJI SEIMEI (1927-2008)

Shigaraki ceramic can 

1993

Yakishime (unglazed) stoneware

8 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 5 in.

$7,500

ITŌ TADASHI (b. 1952)

A Drop from the Ocean

2012

Unglazed stoneware

9 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.

$3,850

ICHINO MASAHIKO (b. 1961)

Akadobe-glazed ovoid vase 

2012

Glazed stoneware

16 x 14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.

$6,500

MORI TŌGAKU (b. 1937)

Bizen sculptural, triangular box 

ca. 1970

Unglazed stoneware

9 1/2 x 9 7/8 x 11 in.

$7,850

AKIYAMA YŌ (b. 1953)

Untitled MV-207

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating and slip with blue pigment

6 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.

$8,800

Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858)

Pair of paintings of morning glories

and a bottle gourd vine

ca. 1850

Ink, color, and gold on silk

65 x 13 1/8 in.

32 x 9 3/4 in. (exclusive of mount)

POR 

Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799)

Swimming Ducks

ca. 1790

Ink and light color on paper

54 x 59 inches

POR 

Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918)

Blossoming pink peonies with white butterfly

ca. 1900-1910

Ink and color on silk

$8,750

Ito Shinsui (1898-1972)

Washing Hair

1936

Dai ōban tate-e

11 1/4 x 17 1/8 in.

$6,500

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92)

Relaxed: The Appearance of a Geisha during the Kansei Era

from the series Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

1888 February 26

Ōban tate-e

$1,450

Hasegawa Sadanobu I (1809-79)

Pheasant and chrysanthemums

(reproduction of a print by Hiroshige)

Mid 1850’s

Ōtanzaku

$5,500

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Sparrow and bamboo

ca. 1845

Chūtanzaku

12 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.

RESERVED

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Red carp and two other fish swim

beneath waterlilies

1935

Dai ōban yoko-e

$5,400

Itō Sōzan (b. 1884-?)

Owl in a cryptomeria tree at night

1919-1926

Ōtanzaku tate-e

$1,250

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Magnolia and magpie

1931

Dai ōban tate-e

$2,450

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Blue and white flycatcher on a pomegranate branch

1935

Unusually large shikishiban

$1,250

Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Camellias with white birds

1929

Ōban tate-e

$2,350

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