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Aka Raku Koetsu-utsushi Chawan by greatest Nakamura Kohei

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A spectacular 'Koetsu-utsushi' Aka Raku Tea Bowl by Nakamura Kohei, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Mint and true museum quality. Kohei (1948-) was born the son of the famous Kanazawa potter. He learned the ceramics from his father, Nakamura Baizan II, and his brothers Kinpei an artist best known for his contemporary art objects. Devouring styles along the way, from celadon to Kohiki, Ido, Hakeme, Mishima, Irabo, Raku (Chojiro and Koetsu), and all are so expertly crafted down to the irregular distortions, muddy colors, and austere kannyu and kase glaze effects, that one might almost mistake them for antiques handed down from generation to generation.

Kohei Nakamura met a 'Raku' tea bowl by Koetsu at a museum in Seto, when he started learning pottery. The tea bowl was strikingly impressive and since then he has kept trying to making copies of Koetsu or Chojiro's tea bowls to be close to them. Copied tea bowls by Nakamura are not just copies of Koetsu or Chojiro, but they lead us to Nakamura’s original aesthetic world. Nakamura's tea bowls let us feel the vitality from our inside and the philosophical deapth of it. In the world of ceramics, this kind of work is known as UTSUSHI. Kohei has been engaged in the creation of extremely fine utsushi of a range of tea bowls that more or less defined the aesthetic of tea bowls in the second half of the 16th century.

The result is a perfect symbiosis between Momoyama ceramics and contemporary ceramic art. He has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times.

Born the third son of the famous Kanazawa potter, Baizan Nakamura, he initially displayed his exceptional talent through the creation of contemporary ceramics. He caused a sensation in 1983 with an exhibition at New York's Garth Clark Gallery, but following his return to Japan, he began to concentrate on producing traditional tea bowls.

Further informations:

1973 Graduated from the sculpture department of Tama University of Art. 1979 Award - National fellowship, Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1989 Award - Grand-Prix, Yagi-Kazuo Prize Exhibition. 1990 Japan Clay Work, sponsored by the Japan Foundation (travelling to Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand) Crafts Exhibition (Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka; Yurakucho Hankyu, Tokyo) International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition 'Changing Pottery' (Shiga prefectural Togei-no-mori Museum) Japanese Clay Work 'Now' 100 Selections Exhibition (Etoile Museum, Paris, Mitsukoshi Department Stores, Japan) 1992 International Exhibition of Ceramic Art (National Historial Museum, The Republic of China) 1993 Contemporary Clay Work 1950-1990 (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art) 1994 International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition (Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum) 1996 The Suntory Museum Grand Prize Exhibition'96 (Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo) 1999 Contemporary Ceramic Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Japanese Craft Work "Now" 100 Selections Exhibition (Etoile Museum, Paris, Mitsukoshi Department Stores, Japan) Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition - Movement of Avant- Garde (Holland) 2004-2009 Numerous shows at galleries in Japan 2010 Solo exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery 2012 Art Crafting Towards the Future (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) Solo exhibition at Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto 2013 Contemporary Master Tea Bowl Exhibition (Musee Tomo, Tokyo) Others.

Public Collections

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art. Shiga Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. Japan Foundation. Shiga prefectural Togei-no-mori Museum. 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto. "Japan House" Museum of Modern Art, Argentina. Everson Museum of Art, New York. Mint Museum, North Carolina. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Others.

Size: 10,3 cm height x 12,8 cm diameter

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