Sueharu Fukami: Porcelain Sculptures
Erik Thomsen Gallery is delighted to announce its September Asia Week exhibition of porcelain sculptures by Sueharu Fukami, widely regarded as one of the greatest living ceramic artists of Japan.
Sueharu Fukami: Porcelain Sculptures, Erik Thomsen’s third solo exhibition of the artist, features twenty works by Fukami from the 1970s to today, including his recent masterpieces Ko (Splendid Solitude) and Kei (Landscape), alongside the wheel-thrown tour-de-force Ten (Firmament). While his mature abstract style embodies a contemporary global vision, it also reflects a traditional disregard for the time and effort required to produce these works of flawless beauty and elegance.
Born into a family of production potters in Kyoto, 1947, Fukami mastered the medium of clay from a young age and strove to go beyond traditional pottery, moving on to cultivate, as his work and technique testify, his own signature style. Making innovative use of a technique involving injecting liquid slip clay into a plaster mold at high pressure, Fukami creates sublime sculptures with lustrous surfaces and soaring forms. Finished using a bluish-white glaze, also known as seihakuji, originating from 11th century China, the resulting pieces have an ethereal quality which this show serves to illuminate.
With works in the permanent collections of more than 55 museums worldwide, Fukami is widely admired and collected, both in his own country and across the seas. Museums with his work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the British Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Erik Thomsen Gallery
23 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065
“Sueharu Fukami: Porcelain Sculptures”
September 10 – November 2
Mon – Fri, 11 am – 5 pm