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Onishi Gallery Opens Chashitsu – Japanese Tea Room

November 6, 2022

Chashitsu – Japanese Tea Room, Onishi Gallery
November 9-19, 2022
Tea Ceremony & Lecture: Thursday November 10, 4-5:30pm

Onishi Gallery is proud to present Chashitsu – Japanese Tea Room –a celebration of Japanese art and culture, tradition intertwining contemporary influence. This unique exhibition focuses on ceramic and metal work pieces specifically used for Japanese Tea Ceremony traditions. This exhibition will be introduced by a live Tea Ceremony and lecture by certified Tea Master Yoshitsugu Nagano on November 10th from 4-5:30 PM at Onishi Gallery. This special demonstration will bring a table-style Tea Ceremony and lecture on how to use and deeply appreciate the charm of tea ceremony related artworks and utensils created by Onishi Gallery artists.

Onishi Gallery is honored to bring the Tea Ceremony to your home through the works of our esteemed artists in metal, ceramics and glass: Hata Shunsai III (born 1976), Sako Ryuhei (born 1976), Iede Takahiro (born 1962), Hara Satoshi (born 1962), Oshiyama Motoko (born 1957) and Hagino Noriko (born 1949) working in metal; Ohi Chozaemon Toyasai X (born 1927), and Ohi Toshio Chozaemon XI (born 1958), father and son, and Itabashi Hiromi (born 1948) working in ceramics; and Noda Akiko (born 1975), working in glass.

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Sneak Peek at the National Museum of Asian Art

November 5, 2022

Spring Morning in the Han Palace (detail), Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign, 1672, twelve-panel kuancai lacquer screen; black lacquer on wood core with carved and pigment and gold filled (kuancai) decoration, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.42a–l

Sneak Peek—Under the Microscope: Conserving a Chinese Lacquer Screen
National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution
Online lecture, November 8, 12-12:40pm

Constructed in 1672 as a gift for Master Kong, a direct descendant of Confucius, the twelve-panel Chinese lacquer screen Spring Morning in the Han Palace had a long life before being purchased by Charles Lang Freer in 1906 and joining the National Museum of Asian Art’s collections. In this talk, objects conservator Ellen Chase will discuss various aspects of the screen as well as a recently completed, multiyear conservation project partially funded through a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Examination and collaboration by conservators, scientists, and curators revealed multiple ways in which the vulnerabilities and subsequent degradation of the screen are directly related to how it was made and how it was displayed and stored by Freer and its previous owners. The screen will be the subject of an upcoming exhibition in July 2023.

Ellen Chase is objects conservator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. She received her MA in art history and conservation from New York University. Prior to joining the museum in 1999, she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a fellow at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the British Museum.

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The Japanese Art Society of America Offers Two New Programs

November 4, 2022

This month JASA offers two informative and engaging programs.

Industry and Institutions: Woodblock Prints and the Meiji Cultural Imagination
Online webinar, Tuesday, November 8, at 5 p.m. EST

Alison J. Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Asian Studies at the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee)
Dr. Miller will provide an introduction to the woodblock prints of the 1870s and 1880s with a focus on how the images worked to create and reinforce social conceptions of Meiji values and ideals.

Philadelphia Visit
In person event, Thursday, November 10, 2-4pm EST

Join this in-person visit to the new exhibition Arthur Tress and the Japanese Illustrated Book and a special presentation of selected ukiyo-e prints from collections held in the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Professor Julie Davis will be on hand to talk with JASA members about the project, as well as to show select prints from recent gifts, including works by Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige, and others. The deadline to sign up is November 8.

Note: Advance registration is required for each event, click here.


Korean Cultural Center NYC Presents Bang! K-Toom

November 3, 2022

Bang! K-Toom, Korean Cultural Center NYC
October 31-December 16, 2022

Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY) and the Korean Manhwa Contents Agency, branches of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea are pleased to present the Bang! K-webtoon exhibit introducing major Korean webtoons, to be held from October 31st to December 16th, 2022 at the Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York (460 Park Ave, 6th Floor, New York, NY).

Korean webtoons are gaining huge following worldwide and are often the source materials for TV and film content as well, further fueling the “K-Drama syndrome.” Bang! K-webtoon being held in New York is all the more meaningful as the city is the mecca of pop culture, to present the globally beloved qualities of webtoons. This K-webtoon exhibition in New York, the mecca of world fashion, culture, and art, will provide an opportunity for New Yorkers to experience the charm and global appeal of webtoons as the source of so many of the contents we enjoy.

Sarasvati’s Gift: The Art & Life of a Modern Buddhist Revolutionary Opens at Tibet House

November 3, 2022

Mayumi Oda, White Tara

Sarasvati’s Gift: The Art & Life of a Modern Buddhist Revolutionary,
Tibet House US

November 4, 2022-February 10, 2023
Opening reception: November 4, 6-8pm

Known as the “Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda is a painter, environmental activist, and Buddhist practitioner whose life reflects both the brilliance and shadows of modernity. Sarasvati’s Gift explores her tremendous artistic talent and inspiration drawn from her Buddhist practice and her commitment to healing the planet.

Sarasvati’s Gift, Mayumi Oda’s great gift—how wonderful to receive it in this beautiful, heartfelt, honest book. Sarasvati, the goddess of art, the Lady of the River of Beauty, is the cleansing divine flow of the waters of truth and beauty, and she emanates to heal and cleanse our stressed-out lives on our stricken planet through the undaunted art and golden heart of Mayumi Oda.” — Robert A.F. Thurman

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New Art Events at the Nelson-Atkins Museum

November 2, 2022

Found in Translation: Explorations by 8 Contemporary Artists,
Nelson-Atkins Museum

October 8, 2022 - August 20, 2023

We often hear of the risks of losing meaning in translation. But visual artists are skilled at converting ideas and questions into art. Found in Translation: Explorations by 8 Contemporary Artists reveals the richness and nuance that can be discovered through this process of change and transformation.

The art in Found in Translation is informed but not defined by artists’ individual experiences with immigration from places across Asia to the Kansas City region. It reflects their perspectives on the world and their places in it, shaped through a range of styles and media. These eight artists use their practices to explore evolving personal questions tied to place, memory, relationships, and other complex topics.

Found in Translation is the second exhibition in the Nelson-Atkins initiative KC Art Now, which celebrates the talent of local artists.

Heinrich Toh (born Singapore)
Hong Chun Zhang (born Shenyang, China)
Hye Young Shin (born South Korea)
Kathy Liao (Taiwanese American)
Noriko Ebersole (born Gumma Prefecture, Japan)
Priya Suresh Kambli (born Solapur, India)
Shreepad Narayan Joglekar (born Mumbai, India)
Yoonmi Nam (born Seoul, South Korea)

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In Conversation: The History of the Dungarpur Thrones
Online event: November 5, 2022, 11am CDT

Join the conversation as curator Kimberly Masteller and the London-based silver expert Wynyard Wilkinson discuss the history and artistry of the silver thrones of Dungarpur, India in this online event. This program supports the current exhibition Silver Splendor: Conserving the the Royal Thrones of Dungarpur, India.

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Thomsen Gallery Presents Golden Treasures: Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes

November 2, 2022

Gold Lacquer Tea Caddy with Autumn Leaves, maki-e gold lacquer, 1990s, 3 x 3 x 3 in. (7.7 x 7.4 x 7.4 cm)

Golden Treasures: Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes, Thomsen Gallery
November 4-December 16, 2022
Opening reception: November 3, 5-7pm

Thomsen Gallery is delighted to open their annual gallery exhibition of Japanese gold lacquer boxes dating from the 18th century to the present.

The exhibition features exceptional works with designs in maki-e, which literally means "sprinkled pictures" and refers to the technique of sprinkling powders of gold and silver onto wet lacquer, a uniquely Japanese tradition that developed in the Heian Period (794–1185).

Dreaming in Mino: The Art of Oribe & Shino Opens at
Dai Ichi Arts

November 1, 2022

Dreaming in Mino: The Art of Oribe & Shino, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
Exhibition dates: November 1–December 15, 2022

Dai Ichi Arts is delighted to present the Winter group exhibition Dreaming in Mino: The Art of Oribe & Shino, which explores the work of modern and contemporary artists who practice in these two beloved styles of Japanese pottery from Mino: Oribe and Shino yaki.

Heralded for its patches of copper green, its variety of colorful gradations that the glaze type permits, and the playful decorations that are often employed, Oribe ware is an indispensable part of any Japanese modern art collection. The pioneering experimental spirit of Oribe lives on in modern ceramics in the work of the artists and potters featured in our winter selection, who are all at the forefront of carrying the tradition and spirit of Oribe into the future.

Shino-yaki was first fired during the Momoyama era (1568-1603) at kilns in Mino (present-day Gifu). Usually fashioned in stoneware, it is characterized by a thick yet porous and viscous glaze. Traditionally fired in anagama kilns, Shino-yaki can assume a dramatic appearance with a stark contrast between colors, or subtle, muted tones of white gradation. Modern artists take on this traditional glaze and play with its opacity, for the silica in the glaze may oxidize differently and produce different degrees of translucency. This exhibition presents the various types of Shino-yaki by contemporary artists and ranges from various shades of blue-gray, to a fiery rust-red to a clear, pure white.

A full online exhibition catalog is available on Dai Ichi's website, click here.

Visit Songtsam's Spectacular Lijiang Lodge

October 30, 2022

Instead of the touristic and commercialized old town of Lijiang, our retreat is located at a nearby small Nashi-ethnic village named Ciman, where the traditional way of living still thrives. Surrounded by pinewoods and a pear garden, Songtsam Lijiang Lodge offers spectacular views of the old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Lashi Lake. The hotel’s design is grand in appearance and has an interior layout in the style of a Nashi courtyard that is decorated with exquisite Hui-style stone sculptures. The property also exhibits a unique combination of Nashi-Dongba, Chinese-Tang, and Tibetan influenced art.

Songtsam Linka Lijiang dishes are dominated by Lijiang special hot pot, Naxi traditional dishes, and other representative Yunnan dishes. Spring-like Lijiang is rich in resourceswild vegetables and flowers in spring, mushrooms in summer, fruits in autumn, all of which enrich the dining table of Songtsam Linka Lijiang.

A special feature of this lodge is the spa, which includes four therapy rooms, as well as sauna cabins and is elaborately designed for traditional Kum Nye Tibetan massages. Leave time for Songtsam's one-day body & mind rejuvenation program. Our rejuvenation program is based on different techniques and offers a unique Tibetan experience of well-being: Food Cleaning, Hydrotherapy (Manna Bath), Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, Ku Nye Massage, and Packs with Tibetan herbs.

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Hitoshi Fugo: Watchers at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA

October 29, 2022

Hitoshi Fugo (born 1947), Watchers-City 6, 2008 & 2006, archival pigment print, printed 2022,
15 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (38.9 x 25.8 cm), Edition of 10 plus 2 APs

Hitoshi Fugo: Watchers, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA
November 2-December 17, 2022

Hitoshi Fugo’s photography not only captures his subjects with surrounding realities but also inspires a new set of perspectives through his conceptual approach. This exhibition features the artist’s lesser-known color series entitled Watchers consisting of a series of head-and-shoulder portraits of an anonymous person watching a scenic view from a distance. Viewed from behind, Fugo’s camera focuses on the person’s back, leaving the scenery blurry and abstract.

Between 1994 and 2008, Fugo photographed these portraits in universally attractive sceneries such as a waterfall and a cityscape. The former were shot in Kegon Falls in Japan and Niagara Falls in Canada in the same year (1994) and the latter at the Empire State Building in New York City (2004) and the Tokyo Tower (2008) in Tokyo. These portraits are presented in pairs in single frames: Kegon vis a vis Niagara; Tokyo Tower vis a vis the Empire State Building). These pairs seem to be random combinations but similar in gender and age. These contrasts, apparent or nuanced, urge the viewer to further engage in comparisons and the rear-view portraitures allow the viewer to enter into the spiritual realms surrounded by the spectacle.

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