In the Gallery: Contemporary Talents of Japan 2017

Last Tuesday, the second annual Contemporary Talents of Japan exhibition opened to a full house.  Held in conjunction with the Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence program, the exhibition presents the vanguard of contemporary Japanese art through the work of program finalists, program alumni, and Ronin Contemporary artists. With sparkling drinks in hand, guests toasted Katsutoshi Yuasa, the 2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence and Contemporary Talents featured artist, who was kind enough to provide a demonstration of his specific printmaking technique. Exhibiting artists Yuki Ideguchi, Asako Iwasawa, and Cyoko Tamai attended the celebration, as well as judges and ambassadors of the Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence program.

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A glimpse at Yuasa's striking woodblock prints
Guests admire the paintings of Yuki Ideguchi
Guests admire the paintings of Yuki Ideguchi

This year's Contemporary Talents of Japan considers an enduring aesthetic in the contemporary imagination. The theme for the 2017 residency program and exhibition is iki, a traditional Japanese aesthetic distinguished by the careful interplay between the romantic and the straightforward, the refined and the daring. Contemporary Talents of Japan presents diverse interpretations of this dynamic aesthetic as artists use contemporary processes to challenge traditional media.

A packed house to celebrate the opening of Contemporary Talents of Japan 2017
A packed house to celebrate the opening of Contemporary Talents of Japan 2017
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Ronin Gallery President David Libertson and Steve Globus present award to 2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Katsutoshi Yuasa

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. As artist-in-residence, Yuasa received a three-week stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a tatami mat studio space, a stipend, and transportation between Tokyo and NYC. This year,  Morigo Nao was named first runner up, while Asako Iwasawa and Kawase Yoshihito both received honorable mentions.

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The table set for Yuasa's demonstration
Yuasa at work during his demonstration
Yuasa at work during his demonstration
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2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Katsutoshi Yuasa during his in-gallery demonstration

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate the second annual Contemporary Talents of Japan exhibition and welcome Katsutoshi Yuasa, the 2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence. Missed the opening celebration? Be sure to stop by the gallery before October 7th or visit the online exhibition here.

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