Stone Riddle

Masayuki Nagare, Japanese, born 1923

Stone Riddle, 1967

Black granite
The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University

Masayuki Nagare is known as "Samurai Artist" for his discipline and his emulation of traditional Japanese aesthetics. In Stone Riddle the contrast between the smooth planes of the horizontal stone and the rough chisel of the base reflects his interest in the principle of yin-yang equilibrium. Nagare termed this contrast warehada, "broken texture," seeing it as a way to expose the essence of each surface.