FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LEADING DEALER OF CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITING AT:
JAPANESE BAMBOO ART AT ASIA Colnaghi Gallery
WEEK NEW YORK 38 E 70th Street
March 13 - March 23, 2019 New York, NY 10021
OPENING RECEPTION OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Wednesday, March 13, 6pm - 9pm March 16 – March 17, 2019
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – TAI Modern is returning to this year’s Asia Week New York to exhibit important historic and contemporary works of Japanese bamboo art. Asia Week draws an international crowd of collectors and curators, and as the world’s premier gallery for contemporary Japanese bamboo art, TAI Modern embraces this opportunity to provide education and guidance to established collectors and first-time viewers alike.
"I am thrilled to be able to bring these works to Asia Week. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic collectors we see there are the perfect audience for our bamboo artists, both historic and contemporary,” states Margo Thoma, gallery director.
Japanese Bamboo Art features works by bamboo’s most notable artists, including members of the historic Hayakawa and Tanabe family lineages and contemporary masters such as Kajiwara Aya, the first female bamboo artist to become a full member of the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association, and Living National Treasures Fujinuma Noboru and Katsushiro Soho. Yako Hodo’s Day on Osutaka Mountain, created to honor victims of the Osutaka Airline Disaster, and Kosuge Kogetsu’s 1966 Flower Basket, one of only two pieces submitted by Kosuge to the Nitten exhibition in Japan, will be exhibited for the first time in the West.
TAI Modern was established in 1979 by Robert T. Coffland, the leading expert in Japanese bamboo arts in the West. He authored and contributed to numerous publications on the subject. That today's bamboo artists live mainly from sales of their artworks to American collectors is largely thanks to Mr. Coffland and his team, whose passion for the medium fostered understanding and appreciation for bamboo art and its role in cultural heritage.
In 2014, Margo Thoma became the owner and director of TAI Modern, and she and top-tier Asian art specialist and longtime Director of Japanese Art, Koichiro Okada, have continued Coffland’s mission to maintain museum-quality collections. Works by TAI Modern artists have been placed in some of the country’s most prestigious institutions, including the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
This unique exhibition will be on view March 13-23 at COLNAGHI Gallery at 38 E 70th Street, with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 13th from 6-9pm and will provide Asia Week visitors with a distinctive opportunity to see a focused selection of Japanese bamboo art. For further information and image requests, contact Amy Weber, Director of Communications, at (505) 984-1387 or [email protected].