Gallery Talk: Andreas Marks
Bamboo and Porcelain: The Art of Uematsu Chikuyu and Fukami Sueharu
Andreas Marks, director and chief curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California, will offer an in-depth look at the contemporary component of Flowers of the Four Seasons: sculpture by two leading artists working in the traditional mediums of bamboo and porcelain.
Since the 1950s, some artists have experimented with bamboo—for centuries plaited by Japanese farmers and artisans into functional containers for utilitarian and ritual purposes—as a purely sculptural form. One of the highlights of Flowers of the Four Seasons is the work of Uematsu Chikuyu, an artist of extraordinary technical skill who pushes the medium of bamboo to new conceptual and technical limits.
Fukami Sueharu is internationally known for his razor-sharp, minimalist porcelain sculptures. Their distinctive pale bluish glaze, seihakuji, is inspired by later Song period Chinese celadons, but unlike their even glaze, Fukami’s work displays an exquisitely variable density of color. The Clark Center will present a solo exhibition of Fukami, whose work is represented in forty-seven museums worldwide, opening on March 26, 2011.
Marks, co-curator of Flowers of the Four Seasons with Senior Curator of Asian Art Julia M. White, holds a Ph.D. in East Asian art history from Leiden University. He has curated exhibitions on various aspects of Japanese art and has published significantly on Japanese prints. He is currently working on the book Fukami: Purity of Form to accompany the Clark Center exhibition.