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Important Work by Kondo Takahiro, Dimension Box


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Jigen Tobako Ceramic Box decorated with a combination of his Time and Space themes with silver Mist exhibited at Takashimaya Department store in 1997 wrapped in a specially fitted silk bag with the Takashimaya pamphlet and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 9 x 6 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (22.5 x 16 x 18.5 cm) and in excellent condition. The time of this production marks a turning point in his production we see a combination hear of the time and space theme which dominated his work in the 90s and the Silver-mist which took over his work near the end of that decade. Perhaps a true Dimension Box, it shows many sides of this multi-faceted artist, his roots in Sometsuke porcelain inside, his Time and Space themes outside and overall his epochal Mist Series, three dimensions together in one piece. Certainly if you were looking for one work to represent Takahiro, this would be high on the list.
Kondo Takahiro (b. 1958) was born the grandson of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo. However, he graduated Hosei University not with a degree in sculpture or crafts, but in Literature. From there he studied at the Kyoto Prefectural Technical Institute of Ceramics, followed by a year at the Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Research. 15 years later he would spend a year in Edinburgh studying glass making, and with this combination of skills, was born the silver mist series for which he is so highly acclaimed. Work by him is held in Museums throughout the world, including the National Museum of Scotland, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, Spencer Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Gallery NSW, Sydney, Hamilton Art Gallery, Australia, Miho Museum. National Gallery of Victoria, Paramita Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, and The São Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil among others. Without a doubt one of the most important contemporary artists in Japan today. For more see Celestial Ceramics: the Art of Kondo Takahiro (2002)