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Tradition Redefined: Rosanjin and His Rivals

Kitaōji Rosanjin, Arakawa Toyozō, Fujiwara Kei, Kaneshige Tōyō, Katō Tokurō, Kawakita Handeishi, Koyama Fujio

Asia Week New York 2021 at Joan B Mirviss LTD

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Unique, large thickly walled Karatsu madara-glazed vessel
with incised comb patterning    
ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
17 1/4 x 15 5/8 in.
POR

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
E-Seto type handwarmer decorated with chidori (sea plovers) and fishing lines
ca. 1940s
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
9 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Bowl decorated with red and white camellias with bright green leaves          
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with original box
4 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Large cobalt blue-and-white (sometsuke) baluster vase with calligraphic poem
ca. 1940
Glazed porcelain with Totōan box
14 x 10 7/8 in.
RESERVED

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Mishima-style waterjar with roulette-dotted patterning
and matching cover
ca. 1930
Slip-glazed stoneware with original box
6 3/8 x 5 in.

SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
E-Seto type bamboo-shaped vase with bamboo-leaf patterning 
ca. 1950s
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
10 1/8 x 5 in.
$48,500

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type square vessel with iron-oxide decoration of reeds and birds
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
3 3/8 x 7 1/2x 7 5/8 in.
$68,000

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type glazed cylindrical vase with attenuated eared handles
and rolled-in mouth
ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware with original box
10 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 5 1/4 in.
$37,500

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shino type straight-sided white teabowl with iron-oxide markings
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
3 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Iga-style, horizontal-eared vase with pinched waist and dripping ash glaze
ca. 1935
Glazed stoneware with original box
7 1/4 x 4 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.
$39,500

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shigaraki gourd-shaped standing or hanging vase
with square opening
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
9 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.
$ 18,500

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Mishima-style teabowl with diagonally carved linear patterning
ca. 1925
Slip-glazed stoneware with original box
2 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.
$14,000

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Kohiki-glazed vase with green splash patterning
ca. early 1950s
Glazed stoneware with original box
9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
$45,000

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Large Oribe type scalloped platter with incised comb patterning and pooling glazes
ca. 1948
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
2 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 13 1/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type glazed fan-shaped dish with motif of skewered mochi
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 7/8 x 11 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Pair of cobalt blue-and-white (sometsuke) sake flasks
inscribed “Immortality” and “Forever Spring”
ca. 1940
Glazed porcelain with original box
4 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Nezumi-shino type straight-sided teabowl with slightly flaring mouth,
decorated with lattice patterning
1958
Glazed stoneware with original box made by Yūsai
3 3/8 x 4 5/8 in.
SOLD

KITAOJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Iga-glazed vessel
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 1/8 x 10 in.
$16,500

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Silver-glazed circular plaque with polychrome iris decoration
ca. 1954
Glazed stoneware; mounted in wooden frame by Yūsai with Totōan box
1 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 21 in.
$48,500

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type glazed square, curved platter 
with reed patterning in iron-oxide
1949
Glazed stoneware with box authenticated by Zenda Kiichirō
1 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Silver-glazed vessel with comb-carved diagonal lines
and tri-colored glazed splash pattern
ca. 1956
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
6 7/8 x 6 1/2 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Set of five irregular circular plates decorated in a rinpa-style pattern of
bamboo grasses in snow
1928
Glazed stoneware with original box
Approx. 1 3/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 in. each
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
E-Karatsu-type waterjar, katakuchi-shaped with iron-oxide painted calligraphic decoration
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original box
6 3/4 x 10 x 8 1/2 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Kohiki-glazed vase with rounded body and crane’s neck
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
10 x 5 7/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Bizen handled vase with pinched waist and extensive kiln effects    
1952
Unglazed stoneware with box authenticated by Kaneshige Tōyō
9 5/8 x 5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Gourd-shaped vase with iron-oxide glazing
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
6 x 5 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shigaraki vase with interwoven, combed patterning and dripping ash glaze
ca. 1958
Glazed stoneware with original box
11 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Five circular plates decorated with polychrome maple leaves
and silver streaks (ginsai momiji)
ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware with original box
Approx. 1 1/4 x 8 x 7 7/8 in. each
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shigaraki sake flask with horizontal ribbing and dripping ash glaze
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
7 1/4 x 5 in.
SOLD

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ARAKAWA TOYOZŌ (1894-1985)
Bizen-style broad, banded waterjar with matching cover
with circular botamochi kiln effects; fired at Hidesuke kiln
1979
Unglazed stoneware with original box
6 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.
SOLD

ARAKAWA TOYOZŌ (1894-1985)
Crackled Shino type straight-sided teabowl with iron-oxide decoration
ca. 1940s
Glazed stoneware with original box
3 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.
SOLD

FUJIWARA KEI (1899-1983)
Bizen incense burner with turtles on cover
1979
Unglazed stoneware with original box
3 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.
SOLD

FUJIWARA KEI (1899-1983)
Bizen parent-child turtle-shaped incense box with kiln effects
1979
Unglazed stoneware with original box
1 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.
SOLD

FUJIWARA KEI (1899-1983)
Bizen-style teacup with angled mouth rim and geometric patterning
ca. 1950
Unglazed stoneware with original box
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.
SOLD

 

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)
Bizen eared waterjar (mizusashi) with matching cover decorated with
incised patterning and extensive kiln effects
ca. 1960
Unglazed stoneware with original box with ‘Koshinan’ signature
7 1/8 x 7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.
SOLD

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)
Bizen long-eared vase with natural kiln effects 
ca. 1960s
Unglazed stoneware with original box with ‘Koshinan’ signature
10 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 5 in.
SOLD

KATŌ TŌKURŌ (1898-1985)
Beni-shino type broad-mouthed lobed columnar waterjar
1971
Glazed stoneware with lacquer cover and original box
8 1/4 x 6 3/8 in.
SOLD

 

KATŌ TŌKURŌ (1898-1985)
Black Oribe type straight-sided faceted teabowl
1967
Glazed stoneware with original box
3 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.
SOLD

KATŌ TŌKURŌ (1898-1985)
Oribe rectangular platter
ca. 1965
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
14 3/4 x 13 x 1 7/8 in.
$ 15,000

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KAWAKITA HANDEISHI (1878-1963)
Slumped vessel (tsubo) with thin white-slip glaze and impressed finger patterning
Glazed stoneware with original box
5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.
SOLD

KAWAKITA HANDEISHI (1878-1963)
Shallow, broad mouthed teabowl with indentation on mouth
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.
$42,000

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KOYAMA FUJIO (1900-1975)
Raised oval teabowl on flared foot rim (bachikōdai) with smoke-infused kiln effects
ca. 1970s
Unglazed Tanegashima stoneware with original box
5 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.
SOLD

KOYAMA FUJIO (1900-1975)
Slightly flattened vase with comb patterning and extensive glaze cracking
ca. 1974
Glazed stoneware with original box
8 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.
SOLD

 

KOYAMA FUJIO (1900-1975)
E-Karatsu teabowl on raised foot rim with spot patterning
ca. 1971
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.
SOLD

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KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Unique, large thickly walled Karatsu madara-glazed vessel
with incised comb patterning    
ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
17 1/4 x 15 5/8 in.
POR

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
E-Seto type handwarmer decorated with chidori (sea plovers) and fishing lines
ca. 1940s
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
9 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Bowl decorated with red and white camellias with bright green leaves          
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with original box
4 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Large cobalt blue-and-white (sometsuke) baluster vase with calligraphic poem
ca. 1940
Glazed porcelain with Totōan box
14 x 10 7/8 in.
RESERVED

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Mishima-style waterjar with roulette-dotted patterning
and matching cover
ca. 1930
Slip-glazed stoneware with original box
6 3/8 x 5 in.

SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
E-Seto type bamboo-shaped vase with bamboo-leaf patterning 
ca. 1950s
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
10 1/8 x 5 in.
$48,500

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type square vessel with iron-oxide decoration of reeds and birds
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
3 3/8 x 7 1/2x 7 5/8 in.
$68,000

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type glazed cylindrical vase with attenuated eared handles
and rolled-in mouth
ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware with original box
10 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 5 1/4 in.
$37,500

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shino type straight-sided white teabowl with iron-oxide markings
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
3 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Iga-style, horizontal-eared vase with pinched waist and dripping ash glaze
ca. 1935
Glazed stoneware with original box
7 1/4 x 4 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.
$39,500

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shigaraki gourd-shaped standing or hanging vase
with square opening
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
9 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.
$ 18,500

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Mishima-style teabowl with diagonally carved linear patterning
ca. 1925
Slip-glazed stoneware with original box
2 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.
$14,000

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Kohiki-glazed vase with green splash patterning
ca. early 1950s
Glazed stoneware with original box
9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
$45,000

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Large Oribe type scalloped platter with incised comb patterning and pooling glazes
ca. 1948
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
2 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 13 1/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type glazed fan-shaped dish with motif of skewered mochi
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 7/8 x 11 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Pair of cobalt blue-and-white (sometsuke) sake flasks
inscribed “Immortality” and “Forever Spring”
ca. 1940
Glazed porcelain with original box
4 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Nezumi-shino type straight-sided teabowl with slightly flaring mouth,
decorated with lattice patterning
1958
Glazed stoneware with original box made by Yūsai
3 3/8 x 4 5/8 in.
SOLD

KITAOJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Iga-glazed vessel
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 1/8 x 10 in.
$16,500

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Silver-glazed circular plaque with polychrome iris decoration
ca. 1954
Glazed stoneware; mounted in wooden frame by Yūsai with Totōan box
1 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 21 in.
$48,500

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Oribe type glazed square, curved platter 
with reed patterning in iron-oxide
1949
Glazed stoneware with box authenticated by Zenda Kiichirō
1 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Silver-glazed vessel with comb-carved diagonal lines
and tri-colored glazed splash pattern
ca. 1956
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
6 7/8 x 6 1/2 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Set of five irregular circular plates decorated in a rinpa-style pattern of
bamboo grasses in snow
1928
Glazed stoneware with original box
Approx. 1 3/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 in. each
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
E-Karatsu-type waterjar, katakuchi-shaped with iron-oxide painted calligraphic decoration
ca. 1940
Glazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original box
6 3/4 x 10 x 8 1/2 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Kohiki-glazed vase with rounded body and crane’s neck
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
10 x 5 7/8 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Bizen handled vase with pinched waist and extensive kiln effects    
1952
Unglazed stoneware with box authenticated by Kaneshige Tōyō
9 5/8 x 5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Gourd-shaped vase with iron-oxide glazing
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with original box
6 x 5 3/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shigaraki vase with interwoven, combed patterning and dripping ash glaze
ca. 1958
Glazed stoneware with original box
11 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Five circular plates decorated with polychrome maple leaves
and silver streaks (ginsai momiji)
ca. 1955
Glazed stoneware with original box
Approx. 1 1/4 x 8 x 7 7/8 in. each
SOLD

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Shigaraki sake flask with horizontal ribbing and dripping ash glaze
ca. 1950
Glazed stoneware with Totōan box
7 1/4 x 5 in.
SOLD

Rivals group shot

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ARAKAWA TOYOZŌ (1894-1985)
Bizen-style broad, banded waterjar with matching cover
with circular botamochi kiln effects; fired at Hidesuke kiln
1979
Unglazed stoneware with original box
6 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.
SOLD

ARAKAWA TOYOZŌ (1894-1985)
Crackled Shino type straight-sided teabowl with iron-oxide decoration
ca. 1940s
Glazed stoneware with original box
3 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.
SOLD

FUJIWARA KEI (1899-1983)
Bizen incense burner with turtles on cover
1979
Unglazed stoneware with original box
3 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.
SOLD

FUJIWARA KEI (1899-1983)
Bizen parent-child turtle-shaped incense box with kiln effects
1979
Unglazed stoneware with original box
1 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.
SOLD

FUJIWARA KEI (1899-1983)
Bizen-style teacup with angled mouth rim and geometric patterning
ca. 1950
Unglazed stoneware with original box
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.
SOLD

 

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)
Bizen eared waterjar (mizusashi) with matching cover decorated with
incised patterning and extensive kiln effects
ca. 1960
Unglazed stoneware with original box with ‘Koshinan’ signature
7 1/8 x 7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.
SOLD

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)
Bizen long-eared vase with natural kiln effects 
ca. 1960s
Unglazed stoneware with original box with ‘Koshinan’ signature
10 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 5 in.
SOLD

KATŌ TŌKURŌ (1898-1985)
Beni-shino type broad-mouthed lobed columnar waterjar
1971
Glazed stoneware with lacquer cover and original box
8 1/4 x 6 3/8 in.
SOLD

 

KATŌ TŌKURŌ (1898-1985)
Black Oribe type straight-sided faceted teabowl
1967
Glazed stoneware with original box
3 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.
SOLD

KATŌ TŌKURŌ (1898-1985)
Oribe rectangular platter
ca. 1965
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
14 3/4 x 13 x 1 7/8 in.
$ 15,000

KAWAKITA HANDEISHI (1878-1963)
Slumped vessel (tsubo) with thin white-slip glaze and impressed finger patterning
Glazed stoneware with original box
5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.
SOLD

KAWAKITA HANDEISHI (1878-1963)
Shallow, broad mouthed teabowl with indentation on mouth
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.
$42,000

KOYAMA FUJIO (1900-1975)
Raised oval teabowl on flared foot rim (bachikōdai) with smoke-infused kiln effects
ca. 1970s
Unglazed Tanegashima stoneware with original box
5 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.
SOLD

KOYAMA FUJIO (1900-1975)
Slightly flattened vase with comb patterning and extensive glaze cracking
ca. 1974
Glazed stoneware with original box
8 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.
SOLD

 

KOYAMA FUJIO (1900-1975)
E-Karatsu teabowl on raised foot rim with spot patterning
ca. 1971
Glazed stoneware with original box
2 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.
SOLD

Rosanjin has long been hailed as one of the greatest ceramists of the twentieth century. His bold, eclectic ceramics emerged from the highly creative atmosphere of postwar Japan. Though Rosanjin forged a remarkable career, it was not without first crossing paths, and even colliding, with many of his contemporaries who were themselves renowned ceramic masters and connoisseurs: Arakawa Toyozō, Fujiwara Kei, Kaneshige Tōyō, Katō Tokurō, Kawakita Handeishi, and Koyama Fujio. For Asia Week New York 2021, Joan B Mirviss LTD re-examines the legend of Rosanjin and his place within this Japanese artistic milieu in TRADITION REDEFINED: ROSANJIN AND HIS RIVALS.

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In his own words, Kitaōji Rosanjin (1883-1959) came to ceramics as a gourmand; dissatisfied with the tableware options for presenting elegant cuisine, Rosanjin set about creating them himself for his exclusive eating club in Tokyo. Not wanting to imitate past traditional forms and glazes, he instead ‘remixed’ the elements in surprising ways that were defiantly unconventional and characteristically ‘Rosanjin’.

Of all the postwar reconfigurations of the ‘taste’ of classic prototypes, Rosanjin’s seems most literally based on a desire to treat clay like food. His vessels appear tender, delicious, tempting the viewer to take a bite.

-- Louise Cort, Curator Emerita, Freer | Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC in Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth (2003), p. 130.

Rosanjin portrait

"Cooking and art can never be fully understood, however high your status and qualifications may be. This is how difficult they are. And yet nothing else in life is so important."

ROSANJIN

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Rosanjin’s appetite led him to other artists for support and inspiration, and each left a profound impact on the other’s art. All of these men rediscovered ancient techniques while simultaneously bringing forward a uniquely modern sensibility that paved the way for Japanese ceramics today. Koyama Fujio (1900-1975) was an established expert in ancient ceramics who traveled to Kyoto to work with Rosanjin, who had inspired him to become a potter. Working side by side with Rosanjin, Arakawa Toyozō (1894-1985) through his discoveries of ancient sherds, committed himself to the reinvention of Shino ware, eventually becoming a Living National Treasure (LNT). Kaneshige Tōyō (1896-1967) was in his forties when he turned to the clay of Bizen, the mastery of which led to his LNT designation. He met these other artists in the Karahinekai discussion group formed in 1942 by Kawakita Handeishi (1878-1963), a banker, patron of the arts, and eventual potter. Fujiwara Kei (1899-1983) learned Bizen techniques from Kaneshige and followed his teacher as the second LNT for Bizen ware. Katō Tokurō (1898-1985) was adept in a vast range of styles and most closely rivaled Rosanjin's forceful artistry and experimental approach; he was the first to be designated a LNT for Oribe, ahead of Rosanjin, in 1952. Interestingly, for a multiplicity of reasons, Rosanjin himself resolutely declined the newly conceived LNT honor twice.

An artist's work speaks for him forever. A true artist has no need for honors and decorations, which are mere baubles."

ROSANJIN

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A towering figure in Japan, Rosanjin is not wholly unknown in America. In fact, American collectors and curators have been seriously engaging with his works for nearly seventy years. The first Rosanjin exhibition in the United States was held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York in 1954 at the invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation. It was initiated through an introduction by the renowned sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, who lived and worked with Rosanjin for several years in Japan. A large-scale exhibition of his works was held in 1965 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, followed by another in 1972 at the Japan House (now Japan Society). Rosanjin’s works resonated with major American institutions at the end of his career and in the decades after his passing, but it has been a long time—nearly fifty years—since New York has seen an exhibition that examines the significance of Rosanjin and his place in 20th-century art history. 

TRADITION REDEFINED is therefore a landmark exhibition that brings the works of Rosanjin to New York after a long absence. It places Rosanjin’s oeuvre in dialogue with works by these mid-century ceramic masters, some of whom were indispensable to the advancement of Rosanjin’s outsized reputation. All of the featured artists were brilliant technicians whose mastery of the medium positioned Japanese clay art to become the most diversified and inventive in the world today.
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"Without extraordinary ideas there can be
no extraordinary results."

ROSANJIN

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