open box-shaped form made of 4 L-shaped panels overlapping on base; dark abstracted iris design in black, gold metallic, silver, burgundy, purple, and blue glazes

© Nakamura Takuo

Box that is not a Box, 2016

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Nakamura Takuo lives in Kanazawa, a culturally rich city located on the Sea of Japan. In his work, he attempts to link the traditions of three hundred year-old Kutani ware and an aesthetic sense associated with artists of the Rinpa school with a modern sense of form. This work belongs to a series of works the artist calls “utsuwa ni naru koto o yameta utsuwa,” which literally means, “vessel not a vessel.” Its surface is decorated with colorful irises, a motif deeply associated in Japan with Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), whose work inspired the Rinpa school of artists.

Details
Title
Box that is not a Box
Artist Life
born 1945
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.137.2
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open box-shaped form made of 4 L-shaped panels overlapping on base; dark abstracted iris design in black, gold metallic, silver, burgundy, purple, and blue glazes

© Nakamura Takuo

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