THE RESONANCE BETWEEN FORM AND COLOR II:
CERAMIC ART OF MORINO HIROAKI TAIMEI
It is a special honor to announce the opening of "The Resonance Between Form and Color II: Ceramic Art of Morino Hiroaki Taimei" at The Salon Art + Design. Widely celebrated for his ability to create elegant and original forms, Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934) returns after more than ten years since his first highly successful solo exhibition with Joan B Mirviss LTD to present richly colored vessels and sculptures that explore the boundaries of ceramic art. Although based in utility, his captivating vessels transcend their functionality with sculptural features such as extended conical tops, spherical ears and winged bases. Morino’s innovative, slab-built, perforated sculptures have pipe-like appendages that arch in and around the central rectangular cutouts. He engages the viewer by consciously using the negative space created by these openings to incorporate his works with their surroundings. In both types of work, Morino applies contrasting colored-matte glazes, often accompanied by subdued tones of silver and gold on hand-built, stoneware bodies. Signature undulating waves, playful circles and linear motifs are the final touches that seamlessly integrate his polychrome palette with modern, geometric forms. Morino remarks on his concept:
"The artworks I create are not meant to be self-contained, but rather, they should extend beyond themselves to interact with and compliment their environment."
Morino, a third-generation ceramist, began his career at Kyoto City University of Arts, during which time he had the good fortune to study under two remarkable Living National Treasures, Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) and Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) (1919-1992). Their emphasis on decorative styles played a formative role in Morino’s lifetime focus on abstract patterning. In the mid-1960s, he spent several years as an instructor in the art department at the University of Chicago, exposing him to distinctive Chicago-style artistic trends. His Kyoto sensibilities were consequently enhanced with subtle international flavors that have captured the attention of collectors and curators worldwide.
"This quiet, modest, elegant and soft-spoken man does not trumpet his importance in the world of Japanese ceramics, but it becomes clear from the number of major exhibitions at which he has been asked to judge, as well as from his numerous affiliations with official craft organizations."
– Frederick Baekeland, Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections, 1993, p. 164.
Morino has received countless prestigious awards and his ceramics have been featured in over 150 exhibitions worldwide over multiple decades. More than 60 prominent museums spanning four continents feature his works in their permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Joan B Mirviss is the leading western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and from her New York gallery on Madison Avenue, Joan B Mirviss LTD exclusively represents top Japanese clay artists. As a widely published and highly respected specialist in her field for over thirty-five years, Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums, major private collectors, and corporations. The Resonance Between Form and Color II: Ceramic Art of Morino Hiroaki Taimei will first be shown at The Salon: Art + Design (Nov.10 - 14) and thereafter at Joan B Mirviss LTD (Nov.15 - Dec.16). For more information or to request high-resolution images, please call 212-799-4021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.