Lot 165
Shiro Tsujimura (Japanese, b. 1947), A Set of Five Tea Cups
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Stoneware with kohiki glaze, the white slip falls in varied thickness over the cups subtly revealing the dark gray body underneath, each cup uniquely shaped adheres to the artist's interest in wabi sabi the idea of beauty in the imperfect, each cup with a slightly raised foot, artist's mark to each, the set comes together with the original custom tomobako wooden storage box inscribed and signed by the artist.

One of the leading ceramic artists of Japan, Tsujimura draws inspiration from past ceramic tradition creating modern masterpieces with historical Japanese glazes. His approach is centered on the beauty and purity of the earth and its relationship and transformation with nature and fire, the objects shaped by not only his hand but nature itself, each unique and beautiful. He has held numerous international exhibitions and his works are in major museums throughout the world.

4 in.

From the Estate of the late Diego Cortez, New York and North Carolina
Diego Cortez (1946-2021), an art curator and filmmaker, was a cultural cornerstone in New York City who helped shape the art, music, and film scene from the 1970s forward. Among his incalculable list of accomplishments, Cortez is credited with launching the career of Jean-Michel Basquiat when he included him in his major 1981 exhibition New York/New Wave.

Cortez (née James Curtis), was raised in Geneva, Illinois, and went on to attend Illinois State University and later the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a Master's degree. He changed his name to Diego Cortez in 1973 when moving to New York in honor of his hometown of Geneva, a Hispanic neighborhood. Early on, Cortez developed and fostered numerous connections with major figures in New York and he established himself as a key player. He worked as a studio assistant for artists Dennis Oppenheim and Vito Acconci and later directed music videos for rock bands Blondie and Talking Heads. He also wrote Private Elvis, a photographic book about Elvis Presley's time in the army in West Germany.

Cortez cofounded the Mudd Club in 1978, a hybrid nightclub/art space in Tribeca that was frequented by celebrities, artists, and musicians. It was on the dance floor of the Mudd Club that he first met Basquiat. In 1981, Cortez curated New York/New Wave, a major avant-garde exhibition at MoMA PS1 in Queens. It featured a new generation of artists as well as art superstars, such as Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, Fab Five Freddy, Robert Maplethorpe, and others. New York/New Wave was a turning point in the art world, as it ushered in anti-establishment art forms such as graffiti art and street art.

The transformative ideas Cortez put in motion throughout his life are threaded throughout New York City and beyond. In this collection you will see links between the Cortez as the collector, the artists and makers of these works, as well as the subjects. This selection of objects from Cortez's collection touches upon seminal connections he had throughout his monumental life and career.

One with very slight nick at rim of glaze bubble.

$500 - 1,000