Category Archives: Stories

Out of the Blue : Tamonten Tells his Story

Bon Voyage (NY) 2017 (Edition 2/3) Tomokazu Matsuyama Dupont Renshape, Polyurethane Paint and Gold Foil Artwork : 120 x 60 x 60 cm    Base: 81.25 x 83.75 x 51.25 cm Imagine how I felt to be shoved in the …
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Story IX | The Frog in the Well

井の中の蛙、大海を知らず I no naka no kawazu, taikai o shirazu The frog in the well cannot conceive of the ocean An ancient Chinese proverb, readily adopted by Japanese culture, is the starting point for our spring-summer series of exhibitions, Inside Looking …
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Story VIII | Threads of Significance

Shumei Kobayashi  Tsutsugaki and Yūzen painting “Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” Richard Feynman 1918-1988 Theoretical Physicist That Nature should be the …
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Story VII | The Art of the Vessel

Byōbu (vessel)   Mitsumoto Takeshi b. 1962   Reclaimed Iron ‘…the fact that a vase encompasses nothing, is the use of the vase’  Lao Tzu* Seemingly contradictory concepts introduce this article: ‘Vessel’ is defined by the Oxford dictionary as ‘a hollow …
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Story VI | Embracing the Ambivalent

Maio Motoko. Photo by William Hung Photography Maio Motoko: The artist has depths of creativity that distinguish her in the world of contemporary art where so many artists attain marketability and sadly simultaneous stasis. Once upon a time, in a serendipitous …
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Story V | The Nude

Nude Installation Shinichi Maruyama at Lesley Kehoe Galleries Naked or Nude? Sexualized, Objectified or Beautified? On January 15 1889 Directive number 39 from the Japanese Ministry of the Interior banned nude illustrations, defined as ‘nude pictures of beautiful females and …
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Story IV | The Red-Nosed Lover

Poetic allusion and autumn longing in Antique Lacquer ‘But then his mood changed, and he came to suppose that she might still have virtues to recommend her, that touching her in the dark might have left certain mysteries unrevealed, and …
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Story III | The Devil is in the Details

Netsuke Old and New A mysterious or hidden element in the details of something waits to be discovered: It is something that requires one’s full attention and Presence- physical, intellectual and psychic. It may well be overlooked without this Presence, …
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Story II | Seduced by the Other

Imamura Yoshio – Door to Silence – detail In the corner of Imamura Yoshio’s (b.1948) masterpiece ‘Door To Silence’ (Chinmoku no Tobira) is a small red square (pictured above): ‘Do you know what this is…’ quizzed an impassioned Italian art …
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Story I | Budgets and Beauty

Takahiro Kondō 2007. Oil & Water installation. Petroleum ash on fleece, stainless steel with silver mist glaze 80 × 250.8 × 5 cm view on artsy ‘Beauty’ is not a four letter word, but ‘lust’ is, and an undesirable, if not sinful, human …
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