Japanese Art France

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations and friendship between France and Japan, home Camard & Associates organizes a sale of Japanese contemporary ceramics.

The avant-garde tradition today is tomorrow. The maxim seems sententious and yet it fits like a glove to contemporary Japanese ceramics. The country of the Rising Sun, artists who wield fire arts and many are now pushing their research to the extreme. They knead generously matter, bend to unprecedented forms and especially play with space. For the works, even when they are utilitarian, more akin to sculpture than the object and keep warm this spirituality all Japanese initiated for millennia by the masters of the tea ceremony.

In 1858, the opening of Japan to the world naturally begat greed and curiosity. These cultural exchanges contributed generously to the development of Japanese ceramics. An evolution during the first half of the twentieth century, caused tightness, fueled by social and institutional resistance. This story shortcut leads us straight to the movements of the postwar era. Interventions Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi, who refused to separate art and design, with the support of a set of historical ceramics, participated happy to mutations giving rise to collective avant- custody as Sōdeisha. They began looking for new graphics, scoured the grammar of abstraction and were mostly cement the forefront today. It is this sphere that the house Camard & Associates invites us to discover at its inaugural sale.

According to Alexandra Jaffré, assistant Jean-Marcel Camard,  » creation is protean and contemporary Japanese ceramics is a means of expression in its own right. Many artists work with architects and design monumental works somehow upsetting our Western habits, where the ceramic was long regarded as a minor art. «  Some artists push the material into its final entrenchments: Kosho Ito inspects effects the slurry frozen Setsuko Nagasawa mixes sandstone wood chips before smoke parts. Others, like Futamura Yoshimi Katsumata Chieko or, search the memory telluric nature or are wondering about the accident.Shoko Koike is inspired by the architecture spinning shells, while Takayuki Sakiyama remembers the dunes turbulent childhood. For Yuki Tanaka, monumental abstraction is almost a guideline. And some works not resemble anything. Look vessels asymmetric Eiko Kishi.  » All of these artists are already recognized in their country, and even the United States have played the game and have a ccepté a reserve price below their rating. «  Thanks be visited Sèvres have paved the way in the exhibition « Toji » (ceramics, Japanese). That was almost two years ago, and all the artists were already there. Estimates between 600 and € 5,200.