Contemporary Talents of Japan
Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, July 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The Ronin Gallery – 425 Madison Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets)
Ronin Gallery, which houses the largest collection of Japanese prints in the U.S., presents in the exhibition Contemporary Talents of Japan. Featuring Keisuke Yamaguchi (OZ), the winner of the Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program, this exhibition presents diverse reactions to Japan’s recent earthquakes and the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.
Across a wide range of media, works in this show consider the wave a force that creates and destroys. It includes works by AGIC, Sarah Brayer, Horiyoshi III, Yuki Ideguchi, Tomomi Kamoshita, Nao Morigo, Yuki Nishimoto, Masato Sudo, Cyoko Tamai, and Hideo Takeda. These artists blur the distinction between tradition and innovation, from new-age nihonga and kintsugi, to ultra-modern site-specific painting and prints that resound with popular manga.
In recent years, contemporary Japanese art has captured the interest of collectors worldwide. Across media and styles, artists are pushing limits and innovating techniques to stunning effect. Through Contemporary Talents of Japan, Ronin Gallery unites emerging and established artists working in Japan today. Featured artist Keisuke Yamaguchi (OZ) blends traditional techniques with thoroughly contemporary imagery, considering the power of forces unseen, both natural and human. From gods of the sea to the emotional landscapes of the human heart, he calls upon unique and subtle qualities of Japanese culture to evoke the events of March 11, 2011, and Japan’s recent earthquakes. This blurring of the traditional and the contemporary unites the artists in this exhibition.
Held in conjunction with the Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program, this exhibition seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue through Japan’s vanguard of visual art. This residency program provides international airfare, housing, a tatami studio space, and inclusion in Ronin Gallery’s exhibition. As March 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the Artist-in-Residence Program’s theme during this inaugural year is “The Great Wave: Images to Support the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.” On May 10th, a distinguished panel of judges chose Yamaguchi’s striking paintings based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of theme.
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