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Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu are pleased to announce that Katsutoshi Yuasa has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Ronin|Globus Artist-in- Residence Program. The program judges were enchanted by Yuasa’s woodblock prints. His work presents a conversation between the contemporaneity of photography and the tradition of woodblock printmaking. As artist-in-residence, he will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s fall exhibition, Contemporary Talents of Japan. In addition, he will receive a three-week stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a tatami mat studio space, a stipend, and transportation between Tokyo and NYC. Morigo Nao was named first runner up, while Asako Iwasawa and Yoshihito Kawase both received honorable mentions. Several of their works will also be featured in the exhibition Contemporary Talents of Japan. Yuasa will be in New York in September and a reception for the artist will be held by Ronin Gallery. In addition, a portion of the proceeds raised by this year’s program will go to the Japan Society Gallery to further exhibitions of Japanese art.

2016 Artist-in-residence

Katsutoshi Yuasa

Born in Tokyo in 1978, Katsutoshi Yuasa is a contemporary woodblock print artist. His work presents a conversation between the contemporaneity of photography and the tradition of woodblock printmaking. This interplay between the romantic and the straightforward—the emotional and the factual—is neither reality nor fiction: Yuasa creates a “neutral space... in a new dimension.” Yuasa received his BA in Fine Arts from Musashino Art University in 2002, where he studied painting and printmaking. He continued his study of printmaking in London, earning a MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2005. Yuasa has taught, lectured, and led workshops throughout Europe and Asia. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, most recently, Grand Prize at the 2015 CWAJ 60th Print Show Anniversary. His work is actively exhibited in solo and group worldwide, can be found at the world’s foremost art fairs, and resides in prestigious collections, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum.

First Runner Up

Nao Morigo

Honorable Mentions

Asako Iwasawa
Yoshihito Kawase

About the Program

The annual Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue through Japan’s vanguard of visual art while providing the opportunity for emerging and mid-career Japanese visual artists to live, work, and exhibit in New York City.

IKI: Stylish, Simple and Sophisticated

The theme of this year’s Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence program is “Iki: Stylish, Simple, and Sophisticated.” The concept of iki defies translation, existing as a culturally embedded phenomenon in Japan. The hint of form beneath the thin fabric of a summer kimono, or a slightly undone hairstyle embody this ethereal aesthetic concept developed by Edo’s urban merchant class during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868). From simplicity to spontaneity, originality to directness, the qualities of iki are those that defined a true Edokko or “child of Edo.” Iki continues to be a driving aesthetic concept, prevailing in its careful interplay between the romantic and the straightforward, the daring and the sophisticated.
The aesthetic concept of iki was articulated by Kuki Shuzo in his 1930 treatise The Structure of Iki. Shuzo argues that the phenomenon of iki was refined and expressed through the inter- actions within the pleasure quarter. Over the centuries, iki has evolved not only as a powerful aesthetic concept, but also as a way of being. As Iki extends from architecture to human mannerisms, it presents a Japanese aesthetic ideal tied to human imagination, clarity, and style. From the streets of Edo to modern Tokyo, Iki inspires and instills a distinct beauty.

Applicants can choose to interpret this theme anyway they see fit. Selections will be based of the following criteria:
  1. Artistic excellence
  2. Originality in interpretation of theme
  3. Clarity of concept

Meet Our Sponsors

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GALLERY SPONSOR
The Ronin Gallery is the leading family-owned Japanese and East Asian art gallery in New York City. It is home to the largest private collection of 17th-21st century Japanese prints for sale in the United States, as well as many works by Japan’s and East Asia’s contemporary talents.

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RESIDENCE SPONSOR
The Globus Family has long been associated with cultural interchange between Japan and United States. They have sponsored events at eminent institutions including Japan Society and Asia Society. Their scope spans dance, theater, cinema, art, craft, and performance groups. Globus Washitsu is a venue to spark the expression, knowledge, and wonderment that arise from dialogue between Japan and the United States.

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MEDIA SPONSOR
Spoon & Tamago is a Japanese arts and culture blog that spans the categories of fine art and architecture, to product and graphic design. It was founded by Johnny Strategy in 2007 as a means of attracting international attention to the Japanese art and design scene, and is currently based out of New York City and Tokyo.

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CHARITABLE BENEFICIARY
Founded in 1907, Japan Society is a multidisciplinary hub and is among the premier institutions in the U.S. for the exhibition of Japanese art and culture. Since 1971, Japan Society’s Gallery exhibitions have spanned prehistory to the present. As an American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, Japan Society cultivates a constructive, resonant, and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan.

Jury Team

Yukie Kamiya
Director of Japan Society Gallery

Tan Boon Hui
Director of the Asia Society Museum

Katsura Yamaguchi
Senior vice president and international director of Japanese and Korean Art at Christie's New York

Miwako Tezuka
Consulting curator for Reversible Destiny Foundation, Co-director of PoNJA-GenKon

Johnny Strategy
Founder and editor of Spoon & Tamago Japanese arts and culture blog

Yasuko Harris
Former gallery director at Honjo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

Nachi Das
Art collector and capital market executive

Mary Ann Roos
Art collector and philanthropist
 

Program Ambassadors

Kouji Hayashi
Sato Sakura Museum, Manager

Hiroko Ishinabe
One Piece Club, Founder

Everett Brown
Japanese culture promoter, writer and photographer

Oz Yamaguchi Keisuke
2016 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence

Kyoko Sato
Independent Curator, Art Consultant

Joji Mita
Global Art Management Advisor