“Japan in Black and White”—Calligraphy and Photography at The Nippon Gallery

Japan in Black and White by Japanese Calligrapher Eritate Gyokuei and American Photographer Bryan Moore

Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7

The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club – 145 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), 7th Floor

Admission: Free

A joint exhibition of Japanese calligrapher Eritate Gyokuei and U.S. photographer Bryan Moore, entitled Japan in Black and White, will be held in The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club from December 5 through 7. Guests will appreciate the commonalities in the simplified monochromatic worlds of Gyokuei’s calligraphy works and Moore’s photography.

Japanese kana consists of phonetic symbols adapted from Chinese characters, which gradually evolved into its own unique art form with complex aesthetic values. The calligraphy works will feature classical Japanese poetry from the Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves and Matsuo Basho’s famous haiku, with the size of one kana symbol varying from 5 mm to 50 cm, and page sizes from kojikishi (18 × 21cm or smaller) to daigasen (45cm x 2.2 m) covering an entire wall. Guests will have the chance to appreciate a large array of compositions and rhythms created by Gyokuei’s calligraphy brush.

Moore’s photography will feature black-and-white scenes of a traditionally enriched modern-day Japan all shot with traditional silver gelatin film and printed on fiber-based paper. Both artists reduce the world down into simpler black-and-white terms to share their points of view of the world around them more clearly.

During the exhibition period, free kana workshops will be held every day from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. free of charge. On Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Gyokuei and Moore will hold a gallery talk, where they will discuss the similarities of artistic expression in calligraphy and photography. While the exhibition itself ends on Saturday, December 7, the photographs will be on display until December 11 at 12:00 p.m.

Boku-no-kai Calligraphy Association organized this exhibition with the support of Osaka 21st Century Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.

For more information, please visit The Nippon Club’s website.

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