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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.

2019 Artist-in-residence



Yoshihito Kawase

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.

First Runner Up

Masahiko Minami

Finalists

Kotaro Isobe
Mitsuki Noguchi
Fumio Shiozawa

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.

Ryusui

Meaning flowing stream or running water, Ryusui (流水) 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.

Meet Our Sponsors

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GALLERY SPONSOR
The Ronin Gallery is a leading family-owned Japanese and East Asian art gallery in New York City and home to the largest private collection of 17th – 21st Century Japanese prints for sale in the United States. Founded in 1975 in the Explorers Club Mansion of New York City, the gallery is now located on Madison Avenue and 49th Street.

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RESIDENCE SPONSOR
The Globus Brothers (Ron, Ric and Steve) have 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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U.S. 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 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.

OnBEAT

JAPAN MEDIA SPONSOR
ONBEAT=音美衣杜, is composed with four kanji characters, “音”(music), “美”(art), “衣”(fashion) and “杜”(forest, environment). ONBEAT magazine is a “Bilingual Magazine for Art and Culture from the Edge of the East” and is published biannually. It aims to introduce various arts and cultures all around the world as well as Japanese art and culture to the world.

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CHARITABLE BENEFICIARY
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. In the Garden, in its community, and well beyond, BBG inspires people of all ages through the conservation, display, and enjoyment of plants; with educational programs that emphasize learning by doing; and with research focused on understanding and conserving regional plants and plant communities.

Jury Team

Johnny Waldman
Founder and editor of Spoon & Tamago Japanese arts and culture blog
 
Katsura Yamaguchi 
Managing Director of Christies Japan
 
Kimiko Lupfer
Member, Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
 
Kyoko Sato 
Independent Curator and Director, East Asia Programming, WhiteBox
 
Mary Ann Roos 
Art collector and philanthropist
 
Masako Shiba
Director, Asian Cultural Council Japan Foundation | Director of Engagement and Outreach, Asian Cultural Council
 
Miwako Tezuka
Consulting curator for Reversible Destiny Foundation, Co-director of PoNJA-GenKon
 
Nachi Das
Art collector and capital market executive
 
Yasuko Harris 
Former gallery director at Honjo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan
 
Yukie Kamiya
Director of Japan Society Gallery

Program Ambassadors & Friends

Akiyo Yagyu
Project manager of Artothèque, assistant curator
 
Asako Iwasawa
2018 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence 
 
Everett Brown
Japanese culture promoter, writer and photographer
 
Hiroko Ishinabe
One Piece Club, Founder
 
Joji Mita
Global Art Management Advisor
 
Katsutoshi Yuasa
2017 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence
 
Kentaro Totsuka  
hpgrp GALLERY, Director
 
Kouji Hayashi
Sato Sakura Museum, Manager

Noburu Tsubaki
Contemporary artist, professor, regional director of Setouchi International Art Festival

Oz Yamaguchi Keisuke
2016 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence
 
Toyomi Hoshina
Vice President, Trustee and Professor, Tokyo University of the Art.



 
 

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