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Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu are pleased to announce that Yoshihito Kawase is the winner of the 2019 Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program. As artist-in-residence, he will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s summer exhibition, Contemporary Talents of Japan (July 9– July 26 and Aug 20– Aug 29). In addition, he will receive a three-week residency at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a one month stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a stipend, and transportation between Tokyo and NYC. Masahiko Minami was named first runner up and four of his works will be on exhibit in Contemporary Talents of Japan.
On March 27, our distinguished panel of judges chose Kawase from over 50 applicants based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of this year’s theme: Ryusui (流水), meaning flowing stream, running water. Ryusui represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the natural world, changing according to the seasons and the gentle flow of water. This theme commemorates the completion of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s major water conservation project that connects various water systems throughout the Garden, linking the pond in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden with the pond and water features in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. In addition to providing a freshwater habitat for plants and local migrating birds, the pioneering design of this project will help to save 21 million gallons of water annually, and will significantly mitigate water runoff into the city’s waterways during major storms.
Working as a nihon-ga or “Japanese-style painting” artist, Kawase is driven by the idea of yohaku –characterized not by emptiness, but through an anxious presence, an ever-present atmosphere. As rich mineral pigments create a vibrant spectrum of color, Kawase integrates gold, silver, and textural carbon ink to create endlessly intriguing reflections of the overlooked wonders of the natural world. Though he has held successful solo exhibitions in Japan and his work can be found in the permanent collections of museums throughout Japan, this will be his first major exhibition in the United States.
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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 an opportunity for emerging and mid-career Japanese visual artists to live, work, and exhibit in New York City. A private reception will be held for Kawase by Ronin Gallery on July 9, and he will be in residence at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Tuesday through Friday from July 9 – July 26. During his time in NYC, public lectures and other events will take place at both Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu. For the second year in a row, a portion of the exhibition proceeds from Contemporary Talents of Japan will go our charitable beneficiary, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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JAPAN MEDIA SPONSOR
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Managing Director of Christies Japan
Member, Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Art collector and philanthropist
Consulting curator for Reversible Destiny Foundation, Co-director of PoNJA-GenKon
Art collector and capital market executive
Former gallery director at Honjo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Director of Japan Society Gallery
Program Ambassadors & Friends
Japanese culture promoter, writer and photographer
One Piece Club, Founder
Global Art Management Advisor
2017 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence
Sato Sakura Museum, Manager
Contemporary artist, professor, regional director of Setouchi International Art Festival
Oz Yamaguchi Keisuke
2016 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence