“Contemporary Photography Asian Perspectives” Exhibition

Laurence Miller Gallery

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Laurence Miller Gallery announces its participation in ASIA WEEK NEW YORK, a city-wide event founded in 2009 to celebrate and promote Asian art. This will be the first time that a photography gallery has participated in this annual event. ASIA WEEK brings together top-tier art specialists, museums, auction houses, and galleries, with an itinerary of exhibitions and special events focused on Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art.

Contemporary Photography Asian Perspectives features over 50 works from six decades by Asian- born photographers, including Fan Ho, Daidō Moriyama, Toshio Shibata, and Miyako Ishiuchi, as well as anonymous photographers employed by the Xinhua News Agency on behalf of the People’s Republic of China. The exhibition reflects Laurence Miller’s 40 years of experience in the Asian fine art photography market – as a gallerist, curator, and collector. During that time, the gallery has hosted New York debut exhibitions for many of Asian photography’s modern masters.

The exhibition explores numerous themes. The revisiting of tradition through a modern lens is evident in Fan Ho’s cinematic interpretations of mid-century Hong Kong and in Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s modernist pictures of the 17th century Japanese villa Katsura. Cross-cultural identity is examined in Tseng Kwong Chi’s self-portraits in his “Mao suit” and in Reagan Louie’s portraits of stylish Shanghai residents in European-influenced dress. Personal identity intersects with collective history in Miyako Ishiuichi’s images of charred pieces of clothing in the aftermath of Hiroshima, and in Tomoko Sawada’s self-portraits. The natural world is sublimely interlaced with manmade engineering in Toshio Shibata’s large-format landscapes; and refracted, as a simulacrum, in Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photograph of a polar bear on display at the New York Museum of Natural History. Also included are artists who examine the transformation of contemporary culture, from Daidō Moriyama’s gritty breakdown of traditional values in Post-War Japan, to Magdalen Wong’s playful appropriations of the photography used for consumer products.


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