After the Bath
WHERE: Ronin Gallery
425 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
WHEN: July 6 - Aug. 17, 2017
Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This summer, Ronin Gallery invites you to refresh the senses with images from the Japanese bath. The exhibition After the Bath presents a selection of woodblock prints from the 17th through the 21st century that celebrate this timeless Japanese tradition. From onsen nestled within stunning views to the beautiful bathers that frequent them, this collection considers both the bath and the intimate moments that follow.
Bruce Smith wrote in his book The Japanese Bath, “in the West, a bath is a place one goes to cleanse the body…In Japan, one goes there to cleanse the soul.” The act of bathing provides a stillness amidst the unceasing pace of life, an opportunity to emerge renewed for the next day to come. Whether one enters a community sento (public bathhouses), serene mountain onsen (hot springs), or a private furo (Japanese bathtub), the warm water provides a time for reflection and revival.
Throughout the history of the Japanese woodblock print, artists found inspiration in the tradition of bathing. These artists evoke the beauty of the quotidian: running a comb through wet hair, applying powder to dewy skin, or fastening a kimono. At the artist’s hand, each gesture is elevated to a graceful ritual of its own. The striking beauties in these prints capture the quiet elegance of the bath. Spanning ukiyo-e to contemporary printmaking, After the Bath considers the bath through the eyes of Japanese print masters, including Koryusai, Eishi, Hokusai, Goyo, Kotondo, Shunsen, Hasui, and more.
About Ronin Gallery
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. For more information about the gallery and to access the gallery’s online exhibits, visit: http://roningallery.com/