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    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Black and White:
    Japanese Modern Art

    September 30, 2017 – June 3, 2018

    Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts,
    465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), this exhibition showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity, and remains influential today. The works in the exhibition are the results of transnational exchanges between Japanese artists like Inoue and their American Expressionist contemporaries, including Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, who drew inspiration from Asian calligraphy for their gestural paintings. Among the nine works on view are prints, ceramics and sculpture, primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection.

    • 02 Feb 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063

    体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia

    Smith College Museum of Art
    20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063
    February 2 - August 26, 2018

    体 is a character and concept commonly used in East Asian languages (traditional Chinese: 體; Japanese Hiragana: からだ or たい; Korean Hangul: 체). It refers to the material existence of a person, as seen in compound words such as 身体 (human body) and 体格 (physique). In an abstract sense, it also connotes substance, form, and organizing principles, as seen in compound words such as 体系 (system) and 国体 (national polity).

    Using this character as a point of departure, this exhibition looks at the multifaceted representations of the body in East Asia from the nineteenth century to the present. In this period, the region became more enmeshed in the worldwide circulation of things and ideas, and paradoxically, the personal and the collective both found very strong expressions in society. The exhibition explores modern and contemporary portrayals of physical appearances in East Asia, and particularly how these bodily images have come to symbolize identities, reflect socio-political changes, serve as vehicles for artistic expression, and challenge preconceived notions of humankind.

    The art works, ranging widely in media and culture, are mostly drawn from the Smith College Museum of Art’s collection. The exhibition thereby has evolved around but also brings visibility to a significant section of the museum’s holdings, which corresponds to the college’s global and multidisciplinary curriculum. It opens up inquiries into issues including colonial history and Orientalism, global exchange of material and knowledge, rise of nation-states, myths and spectacles, body politics, and biological and technological evolutions.

    Museum Hours
    Tuesday–Saturday 10–4
    Thursday 10–8
    Sunday 12–4
    Second Friday 10–8

    • 02 Mar 2018
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

    Japanese House Gallery Exhibit: “HOME”

    Boston Children's Museum
    308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
    Friday, March 2 – Sunday, September 30, 2018

    “HOME” is an exhibit that explores the meaning and influence of home from the perspective of Japanese students. The exhibit will showcase artwork created by the students of the “Art Thinking” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design (TUAD) in Japan. This is their sixth annual international friendship project bringing their art exhibition and hands-on activity programs to Boston.

    Using the theme home, the artists encourage Museum visitors to explore how home shapes identity, a sense of belonging, and responsibility toward others. This gallery exhibition asks the visitors “What is the definition of home to you?” and “What makes your home special?” In this gallery exhibition, located next to the Museum’s Japanese House exhibit, an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan, the artworks share the ideas of today’s multifaceted youth culture of Japan, and demonstrate each individual’s thoughts and narratives.

    Akemi Chayama, the Museum’s Japan Program Manager said, “Creating a space of such experience for our visitors is important to understanding Japan today, especially in a historic house exhibit like the Japanese House which tends to heavily present more traditional cultural elements. The exhibit will expose our visitors to the complexity of how various identities develop within a culture today.”

    The Art Thinking project is part of TUAD’s school curricula and research to create a space for community building through art experience. Artists in this show are students from the Tohoku region of Japan, where many of them witnessed and experienced the loss of homes and hometowns during the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Through the art, these students search for the meaning of home and welcome Museum visitors to share ideas.

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA
    Pucker Gallery
    240 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

    March 10 - April 22,  2018

    Hideaki Miyamura was Born in 1955 in Niigata, Japan, and traveled to the United States to study art history at Western Michigan University. After college, he returned to Japan in 1987 to pursue his interest in ceramics as an apprentice with master potter Shurei Miura in Yamanashi. Stemming from his interest in rare ancient Chinese tea bowl glazes, Miyamura seeks to create glazes that have a three-dimensional quality and convey purity and peacefulness. His vessels are pristine, disarmingly simple, contemplative objects whose finishes reflect the panoply of the natural world — geologic phenomena, star-filled nights, undulating ocean waves, and fiery sunsets. His work is included in numerous public collections, including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • Gurari Collections, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

    Metropolitan Shift

    April 6 – May 27, 2018

    Gurari Collections, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

    Gurari Collections is pleased to present Japanese artist Mitsushige Nishiwaki’s solo exhibition of copperplate etchings in METROPOLITAN SHIFT

    Reminiscent and familiar, yet fanciful and imaginative, Mitsushige Nishiwaki’s metropolitan etchings offer narrative stories that have an “outsider art” point-of-view. He depicts his characters with child-like and cartoonish expression, yet they seem universally commonplace - doing chores of everyday life. Street scenes are naïve and whimsical, often presenting everyday contexts – the bakery, flower shop, and the like. Or, he conjures up urban icons in all sorts of unusual ways. Rooftops turn into outward expressions of the private lives and activities from within. What becomes revealing, is that Nishiwaki seems to make each culture immediately identifiable by the way he personifies everyday life.

    In some of his artwork, scale relationships are exaggerated, creating juxtaposing in the composition. This mixing up of scale enhances the story that is being told. Nishiwaki’s art turns urban fabric and city living into matter that heightens and amuses us about metropolitan life everywhere.

    Beginning in 2009, and self taught in intaglio, Mitsushige Nishiwaki’s etchings are on copperplate, and for highlighted color, on plastic. He uses German Hahnemuhle paper and Charbonnel etching ink. His larger works are made up of a series of abutting small print-plate sizes, providing a visible armature for the artwork.

    Nishiwaki is a graduate of Hosei University in Tokyo and received a graduate degree in graphic design while studying in Arizona. He works as an artist and graphic designer in Tokyo. His artwork has been exhibited in Japan, France, England and the United States.

    Gallery hours are by appointment or Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 6:00 pm; Sundays 12 – 4 pm.

    Telephone: 617.367.9800; email: inquiries@gurari.com.

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