Publications

2017

Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

Ever since our first New York exhibition in 1998, we have regularly presented exceptional examples of Japanese basketry, but this is the first time we have also prepared a publication dedicated to the art form, which documents 30 masterpieces from the first half of the 20th century.

Hardcover, 80 pp, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.

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Inoue Yūichi

Catalog comprising 30 paintings by the artist Inoue Yuichi. Foreword, essay by Joe Earle, 30 paintings with color illustration(s) and description, list with selected exhibitions and live events and index/checklist.

Softcover, 71 pp., 11¾ x 8¼ in.

2016

Fukami Sueharu

Catalog of 27 works that were created by the artist Sueharu Fukami between 1976 and 2014. Included are smaller wheel-thrown objects and phenomenal porcelain sculptures. Foreword, essay by Shinya Maezaki, 27 objects with color illustration and short description, followed by the artist's biography and an index/checklist.

Softcover, 71 pp., 11¾ x 8¼ in.

2015

Minol Araki: Nature in Ink

As exclusive representative of Minol Araki’s estate, Erik Thomsen Gallery is proud and delighted to host a second exhibition of masterpieces by this remarkable artist who combined a successful pub- lic career—as an international industrial designer and producer—with a private passion for painting. In contrast to our 2012 solo show featuring Araki’s landscape compositions, on this occasion we focus on his paintings of fish, fruit, and flowers, mostly dating from the second half of the 1970s, one of his most fertile creative periods. 

 

Shigeki Kitani

I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to present the work of Shigeki Kitani in New York for the very first time. The 33 pieces gathered here cover the full range of this extraordinary art- ist’s early career and in particular his fifteen years of involvement with the Gutai movement, which played such a central role in the development of the postwar Japanese avant-garde. Soon after his graduation in 1952 from a conservative art-college training, Kitani came under the spell of Jirō Yoshi- hara, the charismatic, radical co-founder of the Gutai Art Association. Still only 25 years old, Kitani would not become an official member of Gutai until 1965 but his own artistic grouping at the time, the Osaka Circle of the Free Art Association, had a similar ideology: opposition to conservatism and subservience and a denial of the “deceptions and errors” of existing artistic organizations.

 

2014

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2014

Catalog comprises 30 works of Japanese art, each with a full description, discussion and color illustrations, followed by signatures and seals, box inscriptions, bibliography and index/checklist. The selection spans folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets and lacquer ware. New York, 2014.

Softcover, 127 pp., ca. 11.75 x 8.25 in.

2013

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2013

Catalog comprises 30 works of Japanese art, each with a full description, discussion and color illustrations, followed by signatures and seals, box inscriptions, appendix with poems and translations, notes, bibliography and index/checklist. The selection spans folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets and lacquer ware. New York, 2013.

Softcover, 127 pp., 11.75 x 8.25 in.

2012

Minol Araki

Catalog of 21 landscape and flower paintings by the artist Minol Araki. Each item is illustrated in color. The catalog is followed by a biography of the artits, and an index. 

Softcover, 47 pp., 11¾ x 8¼  in.

2011

Golden Treasures: Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes

Catalog of 20 select pieces of Japanese lacquer ware, ranging from the Edo period to today. Each item fully described and discussed and with a color illustration, followed by a glossary, bibliography and an index. 

Softcover, 47 pp., 11¾ x 8¼  in.

Cornelia Thomsen: Stripes

Uniformity of color and density, conformity and variety of width, regularity of sequence – these are of no consequence to Thomsen, whose paintings evoke not a geometric regularity but the capricious and random arrangements of nature, however imperfectly captured

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2010

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2010

Catalog of 30 works of Japanese art, with descriptions, discussions and color illustrations, followed by signatures and seals, box inscriptions, notes, bibliography and index. Comprising folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets and lacquer ware. New York, 2010.

Softcover, 127 pp.,  11.75 x 8.25 in.

Contemporary Lacquer by Yamazaki Mushū 2014

Catalog with a selection of 12 lacquer objects created by the artist Yamazaki Mushu between 2009 and 2011. Each object fully described and with color illustrations, preceded by an introduction to the artist and followed by a glossary and a bio of the artist.

Brochure, 30pp., 9 5/8 x 7½ 

2009

Contemporary Lacquer by Yamazaki Mushū 2009

Catalog with a selection of 10 lacquer objects created by the artist Yamazaki Mushu in 2007 and 2008. Each object fully described and with a color illustration, preceded by a short introduction to the artist and followed by a glossary.

Brochure, 15pp., 9 5/8 x 7½ 

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2009

Catalog comprises 30 works of Japanese art, each with a full description, discussion and color illustrations, followed by signatures and seals, box inscriptions, notes, and bibliography. The selection spans folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets, ceramics and lacquer ware. New York, 2009.

Softcover, 111 pp., 11.75 x 8.25 in.

2008

Contemporary Lacquer by Yamazaki Mushū 2008

Catalog with a selection of 10 lacquer objects created by the artist Yamazaki Mushu between 1995 and 2007. Each object fully described and with a color illustration, preceded by a short introduction to the artist and followed by a glossary.

Brochure, 15pp., 9 5/8 x 7½  

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2008

Catalog comprises 30 works of Japanese art, each with a full description, discussion and color illustrations, followed by signatures and seals, box inscriptions, notes, bibliography and index. The selection spans folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets, tea ceramics and lacquer ware. New York, 2008.

Soft cover, 111 pp., ca. 11.75 x 8.25 in.

Sueharu Fukami 深見 陶治

It is my great pleasure to host a solo exhibition of works by Sueharu Fukami, the most famous Japanese ceramicist working today. Over twenty years ago I found my first Fukami piece in Kyoto, a vase whose sleek lines and beautiful glaze fascinated me (catalog nr. 18). Four years later, in 1991, I met Sueharu Fukami for the first time at the wedding ceremony of my brother, who married the artist’s niece. Since then I have kept in close contact with him, seeing his works in his home as well as at museums, galleries, and private collections, and adding gradually to my collection. This exhibition—the inaugural exhibit at our new gallery location in New York— marks the first time that I show my appreciation publicly. [...]

2007

Contemporary Lacquer by Yamazaki Mushū 2007

Catalog with a selection of 11 lacquer objects created by the artist Yamazaki Mushu between 1996 and 2006. Each object fully described and with a color illustration, preceded by a short introduction to the artist and followed by a glossary.

Brochure, 15pp., 9 5/8 x 7½  in.

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2007

Catalog comprises 30 works of Japanese art, each with a full description, discussion and color illustrations, followed by signatures and seals, box inscriptions, notes, and bibliography. The selection spans folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets, tea ceramics and lacquer ware. New York, 2007.

Softcover, 111 pp.,  11.75 x 8.25 in.

2006

Contemporary Lacquer by Yamazaki Mushū 2006

Catalog with a selection of 9 lacquer objects created by the artist Yamazaki Mushu between 1990 and 2004. Each object fully described and with a color illustration, preceded by a short introduction to the artist.

Brochure, 13pp., 9 5/8 x 7½  in.

Japanese Paintings and Works of Art 2006

Catalog comprises 25 works of Japanese art, each with a full description, discussion and color illustrations, followed by signatures, seals and box inscriptions, notes, and bibliography. The selection spans folding screens, hanging scrolls, bamboo baskets, tea ceramics and lacquer ware. New York, 2006.

Soft cover, 93 pp., ca. 11.75 x 8.25 in.