Asian Art
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Sculptor: Nagae Shigekazu, born 1953

Forms in Succession #14


Porcelain with white glaze

14 9/16 × 23 1/4 × 13 3/4 in. (37 × 59 × 35 cm)
Gift of the Rubin-Ladd Foundation, under the bequest of Ester R. Portnow
Nagae Shigekazu employs the technique of slip-casting porcelain that is traditionally used for mass production, but he elevates this process to an avant-garde artistic form in his work. He applies glaze to sets of triangular, rectangular, or hexagonal shapes, which are then suspended in the air within a kiln and fired. The various curves and surfaces coalesce and unite in succession through kiln firing, while chance occurrences during the firing process change the original shapes. As the glaze melts in the kiln, it crystallizes into glass.
Heisei era (1989–2019)

Joan B. Mirviss, Japanese Fine Art, New York; purchased on 3/23/10 by The Rubin-Ladd Foundation, Georgetown, Conn. and New York; gift in 2010 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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