Five Cranes Gallery



230 Saw Mill River Rd., #539
Millwood, NY 10546
347-804-6305


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We are a boutique gallery offering select pieces of Japanese Mingei ("folk arts" or "arts of the people") ceramic art. The Mingei movement took shape in the late 1920s and 1930s in Japan and its powerful legacy lives on still. Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the intellectual father of Mingei, wrote eloquently about beauty: "Why do we long for beauty? The Buddhists would reply that the world of beauty is our home and that we are born with a love for home. To long for beauty, therefore, is the same as to long for home. ... Regarding a beautiful object, then, is the same as looking at one's own native home; put another way, it is the same as looking at the original condition of man himself. He who buys a beautiful object is in reality buying himself, and he who looks at a beautiful object is seeing in it his primordial self." We at Five Cranes Gallery endeavor to offer the kind of Mingei pieces that resonate strongly with Soetsu's idea of beauty and are true representatives of the most salient principles of Mingei.


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We highlight the work of Mingei's founders Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), Bernard Leach (1887-1979), Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966), Munakata Shiko (1903-1975), and Shimaoka Tatsuzo (1919-2007) while reaching back to 19th century Mingei predecessors like Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875). We also explore the new directions taken by next-generation Mingei artists like Kawai Buichi (1908-1989), Hamada Shinsaku (b. 1929), Hamada Tomoo (b. 1967), and others. Please feel free to contact us regarding any of our offerings by using the "Guest Book" feature or emailing us directly.





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