Ronin Gallery is pleased to present a selection of Japan’s brightest talents in Contemporary Talents of Japan. Featuring Yamaguchi Keisuke (Oz), the winner of the Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program, this exhibition presents diverse reactions to Japan’s recent earthquakes and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami across a wide range of media. This exhibition considers the wave that creates and destroys with works from AGIC, Sarah Brayer, Horiyoshi III, Yuki Ideguchi, Tomomi Kamoshita, Nao Morigo, Yuki Nishimoto, Masato Sudo, Cyoko Tamai, and Hideo Takeda. These contemporary talents blur the distinction between tradition and innovation, from new-age nihonga and kintsugi, to ultra-modern site-specific painting and prints that resound with popular manga. This exhibition is available for viewing Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In recent years, contemporary Japanese art has captured the interest of collectors worldwide. Across mediums and styles, Japanese artists are pushing limits and innovating techniques to stunning effect. Through Contemporary Talents of Japan, Ronin Gallery unites emerging and established contemporary artists working in Japan today. Our featured artist, Yamaguchi Keisuke (Oz), blends traditional techniques with thoroughly contemporary imagery, considering the power of forces unseen, both natural and human. From gods of the sea to the emotional landscapes of the human heart, he calls upon unique and subtle qualities of Japanese culture and art to evoke the events of March 11, 201l, as well as Japan’s recent earthquakes. This blurring of the traditional and the contemporary unites the artists in this exhibition.
This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program. This program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue through Japan’s vanguard of visual art. This opportunity provides housing, a tatami studio space, and inclusion in Ronin Gallery’s exhibition Contemporary Talents of Japan. As March 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, our theme during this inaugural year is “The Great Wave: Images to Support the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.” On May 10th, our distinguished panel of judges chose Yamaguchi’s striking paintings based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of theme.
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/.