Saturday, September 20, 2008

Never Enough Ceramics

Tsujimura Shiro (b. 1947)

Iga style stoneware

The Ando Gallery
(Room 109 of the Art Institute of Chicago)
gives the opportunity this month
to compare the new with the old
in Japanese ceramics
in a variety of techniques and
regional styles

but mostly it's a showcase for Tsujimura Shiro,
whose work is right at the edge
of unbalance
(but on the happy side of that edge)

This piece is
Iga style stoneware

Tsujimura Shiro

Shino style stoneware

This could be the froth
on the surface of a hot chocolate.
(But it's far more permanent)

Tsujimura Shiro

Shigaraki ware

Kato Tsubusa (b. 1962)

transparent blue glazed porcelain.

This piece is really amazing.
It feels like a swimming pool
from another dimension

Kim Ki-Chul (b. 1933)

(Kim's piece is on the left,
an historical piece is to the right)

Korean celadon porcelain

Nakamura Takuo (b. 1945)

overglaze enamels

17th C. piece

The tradition of hovering
at the edge of careless disaster
is a long one.

And now we move over to Gallery 106
(usually devoted to Korean ceramics and calligraphy)
now displaying the
Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
of Chinese and Korean ceramics
"Deft hands and Discerning Eyes"

Does the name sound familiar?

Well -- Dorothy Braud Edinburg
is the same collector
who gave the A.I.C. a bunch of European drawings
a few years ago,
blogged about here

The above pieces might exemplify her
taste in ceramics:
she liked them old, small, and strange.

(i.e. -- highly collectible)

I suppose I'm glad she gave them to the A.I.C.
(probably the biggest name museum
that would give her the deal she wanted)

But since the A.I.C. does not put its Chinese ceramics
on frequent rotation
(the way it does with the Japanese prints)
that just means these pieces
will mostly never see the light of day.

But still...
there were things I liked,
such as this Southern Song or Yuan Dynasty
black glazed ware
with fortuitous splashings

more of same.

Is this like a shower of shooting stars?

The glazing style of the left piece was apparently called
"partridge feather"
-- a deep black glaze mottled with caramel brown.

and I also liked this Song receptacle.

Would it contain the eau de cologne
in a beautiful woman's boudoir ?

But most of all,
I loved this Tang pear-shaped jar
with the cobalt blue splashings
in a pattern that seems random.


(it's too lively and pretty)

here's the other side.

What a joy!

Why were the Tang so superior?


Blogger Robert said...

Like Van Gough and Michelangelo, ceramics bore me to death, although there are exceptions to the rule of course!

September 25, 2008  
Blogger GEM said...

Wow - these examples left me drooling - I so want to touch and feel these pots, and unlike your previous commenter I adore ceramic work of all kinds. Thanks for sharing. G

September 29, 2008  
Blogger chris miller said...

Don't let Robert fool you!

He's just trying to raise as much hell on my blog as I raise on his.

September 29, 2008  

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