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Koinuma Michio Large Contemporary Ceramic Container
Please refer to our stock # 1609 when inquiring.
A large Seki-ware container by the eccentric artist Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Konron (Kunlun in Chinese). This is the name of a mythical Mountain Range in Chinese Folklore. His architectural forms are fired at high temperature with random salt deposits creating an austere Axel Vervoot atmosphere. A ritual like composition adds to the sense of weight and history of this piece. It is 32 cm (12-1/2 inches) tall, 35.5 cm (14 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Due to size this will require special shipping consideration. For a similar work see the image spanning two pages (figure 2) in Toh, volume 10, whichi is entirely dedicated to Michio.
Koinuma Michio is a compelling figure unique among contemporary artists. He seems to have no limit to his imagination and creativity, still dazzling us with new concepts after four decades. Born in the hectic war years in 1936, he is incredibly intelligent, graduating the economics department of Osaka University, then on to Waseda, one of the top three schools in Japan, for graduate studies in economics and politics. Relinquishing that life he opened a kiln in Mashiko in 1970. Since 1978 he has been consistently displayed at the best galleries in Japan, as well as overseas. For more see Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Fired with Passion (ISBN -10: 1-891640-38-0) or To volume 10, which is dedicated entirely to him.
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