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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.
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.
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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 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:
- Artistic excellence
- Originality in interpretation of theme
- Clarity of concept
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