Maverick Tea Ceremony on the Lower East Side

NYAB attended the inaugural opening of Gallery KUMUKUMU. Artist Ken Hamazaki welcomed the audience with a tea ceremony performance.

poster for

"BUN" Exhibition

at Gallery KUMUKUMU
in the Lower East Side area
This event has ended - (2008-10-23 - 2008-11-23)

In NYAB Video Photo Reports by Kosuke Fujitaka 2008-11-03 print

Two young directors, Atsumi Fujita and Brandon Schneider, have just opened a new gallery, KUMUKUMU, at Rivington Street on the Lower East Side, where the number of galleries is steadily increasing. The opening group show is organized around a rabbit theme, and the wide range of artists includes the famous, Joseph Beuys, and the up-and-coming. The Osaka, Japan-based artist Ken Hamazaki performed his original tea ceremony on the street to welcome not only the guests, but also passersby.

The audience spills onto Rivington Street.

Hamazaki in red kimono and white makeup.

NYAB was treated to some great cake and a cup of tea too.

Hamazaki’s performance in two short clips.

The artist gave away this empty cake box as a signed piece of artwork.

A very, very crowded gallery.

Ken Hamazaki and Atsumi Fujita, gallery director, at the after-party held at the home of Roland Flexner, who just recently had a show at D’Amelio Terras Gallery.

Kosuke Fujitaka

Kosuke Fujitaka. Born in Osaka, 1978. Graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo. He wrestled with Excel and Power Point in the Sony Ericsson R&D, cost control and marketing departments for three years before launching Tokyo Art Beat with Paul Baron and Olivier Thereaux in 2004. In 2008, he moved back to NYC, where a decade ago he had come across many important life elements, and has now launched New York Art Beat. Kosuke is also a co-founder of 101 Tokyo, a young international art fair in Tokyo happening every April. He thinks that art leveraged by IT, wine and beer can make the world a better place. Personal page as art guide (Only in Japanese) » See other writings

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