Artist: Takiguchi Kazuo 滝口和男 (Japan, born 1953)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1996
Stoneware with dark gray matte textured glaze
H x W x D: 22.6 x 41.7 x 27 cm (8 7/8 x 16 7/16 x 10 5/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Purchase -- funds provided by John and Marinka Bennett
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, stoneware
Provenance information is currently unavailable

Kyoto artist Takiguchi tailors his sculptures from single sheets of clay that he "wraps around air," smoothing away all traces of fabrication. Although the organic forms, stretching and extending, coated with wrinkled glaze, are evocative of human or animal bodies, Takiguchi resolutely refuses to title his works. He usually develops his exhibitions as installations, creating evocative relationships among the forms in settings ranging from gardens to warehouses. No. 5, fifth in a series made for Takiguchi's first exhibition in the United States, debuted in a church in lower Manhattan.

Published References
  • Takiguchi Kazuo. Exh. cat. Kyoto. .
  • Takiguchi Kazuo ten. Exh. cat. Tokyo. .
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 19, fig. 2.
  • The Now in Japanese Ceramics -- Messages from Artists in Kyoto: A Drama of Space Enacted by Ten Clay Artists. Exh. cat. Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and Kyoto. pp. 34-39.
  • Dr. Frederick Baekeland, Robert Moes. Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections. Exh. cat. New York and Münsterschwarzach, Germany, December 1993 - August 1994. p. 54, figs. 2, 58, 66.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 344-345.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
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