“Japanese Artists in New York" Exhibition

Tenri Cultural Institute

poster for “Japanese Artists in New York" Exhibition

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Known for her rich and nuanced depictions of urban life, Miho Takai takes her viewers into the heart of New York City. French writer Emile Zola, champion of artwork that was unflinching in its realism to everyday life, said “art is a corner of the creation seen through a temperament.” Takai has exhibited internationally at World Fine Arts Gallery and CRS Gallery in New York City, Galerie Gora in Montreal, Canada, and UNESCO in Tokyo, Japan. She is the recipient of numerous institutional awards, including those from Arts International, The National Arts Club, and the Connecticut Pastel Society. She received her formal arts education in New York at the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League, and is currently an active member of the International Association of Art, the Salmagundi Club, and International Sculpture Center.

Hibiki Kobayashi is a world-renowned photographer whose importance has been celebrated for over a decade. In 1998, Kobayashi published Tribe, a seminal work in documentary photography. Tribe is a 160 page book with 100 lustrous reproductions, published by Japanese, French and American editions. It is the fruit of Kobayashi’s monumental, decade-long journey documenting fading indigenous tribes throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Harper’s Bazaar called the portraits, “vivid, exquisitely rendered … stark in their differences and details. The results are moving.” Evian, Honda, Sony and Goldman Sachs are among his clients, just as his work has been showcased in galleries and museums worldwide. In 1994, his work was featured at the Louvre Museum at the Festival International de la Photo de Mode Paris.

Installation artist Yuko Ueno has initiated the Magical Butterfly Project, consisting of dozens of uniquely crafted mixed-media butterflies ranging in size from a few inches to over a foot in width. Taking her cue from Mother Nature, Ueno attentively recreates the anatomical features of the insect’s various species, while infusing each with her own intricate designs and vivid color patterns. Yuko Ueno has been the recipient of awards from the National Sculpture Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Art Kudos International and the National Academy. In 2008 she had a one-person show at Tribal Spears Gallery in New York City. Her work has been featured in NY Arts magazine, Art Calendar magazine, Blackan and Sculpture magazine in addition to many Japanese publications.



from July 20, 2011 to July 27, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-07-21 from 18:00 to 21:00

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