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Exhibition: Immortal Present: Art and East Asia / Pittsfield, MA

05/23/2015 - 09/07/2015

This exhibition will feature the Berkshire Museum’s historic collection of Asian art and will showcase works by a number of significant and influential contemporary artists with ties to Asia. Participating artists include Nobuhito Nishigawara among others. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Nobuhito Nishigawara, 12, 2012, clay with iron coating, and pigment print. Courtesy Tally Beck Contemporary.]

Peace Exhibit: í╚70 Years After the Atomic Bombsí╔ / Indianapolis, IN

04/27/2015 - 08/09/2015

The University of Indianapolis will display posters from the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation through August 9, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The exhibit is part of UIndy’s grant project supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant program.

Exhibition: The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi / Washington, DC

04/03/2015 - 08/30/2015

The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the career of one of America’s great modernist painters and reveals the unique vision of an extraordinary artist. The exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Kuniyoshi’s work by a U.S. museum in more than 65 years and traces his career though 66 of his finest paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Strong Woman with Child, 1925, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation. © Estate of Yasuo Kuniyoshi/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.]

Exhibition: Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl / Los Angeles, CA

03/29/2015 - 06/07/2015

This exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents 450 years of Raku ware. It comprises 94 works from the serene, monochromatic tea bowls of founder Chōjirō, which most directly reflect the wabi tea ceremony ideals of legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu, to the strikingly original innovations of the current Raku master. This exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, the Raku Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

[Chōjirō, red Raku tea bowl named Tarōbō (an Important Cultural Property of Japan) photo: Masayuki Miyahara]

Exhibition: For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Houston, TX

03/07/2015 - 07/12/2015

This exhibition surveys photographs, photo books, paintings, sculpture, and film-based installations by 29 Japanese artists during the political and social turmoil of 1960s and early 70s, and demonstrates how the artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of such radical societal change. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Photo: Daidō Moriyama, from Accident, 1969, gelatin silver print, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Shadai Gallery. © Daidō Moriyama]

Exhibition: Masterpieces of Japanese Art at Cincinnati Art Museum / Cincinnati, OH

02/14/2015 - 08/30/2015

This exhibition features approximately 100 Japanese masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection. The show is designed to provide viewers not only with a better understanding of Japanese art and its aesthetics, but also a unique regional perspective through the history of the collection. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Ogawa Haritsu (1663–1747); Animal Story Scroll (detail); Edo period (1615–1868); Handscroll, ink and colors on paper; 24.6 × 668.3 cm; Gift of the Robert F. Blum Estate, 1906.4]

Exhibition: Between Action and Unknown – The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga at Dallas Museum of Art / Dallas, TX

02/08/2015 - 06/19/2015

This exhibition highlights the experimental and innovative quality of the two prominent artists associated with Gutai Art Association —the leading avant-garde group of postwar Japanese artists—, Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. It showcases creative production through nearly 60 works of paintings, drawings, photographs, films, small-scale sculpture, Gutai-related ephemera and re-creations of outdoor installations—many of which have never been exhibited in the United States. This exhibition is co-organized by The Japan Foundation and Dallas Museum of Art.

[Image: Motonaga Sadamasa, Red and Yellow, 1963, Oil, synthetic resin, and gravel on canvas
Mie Prefectural Art Museum © Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa]

Exhibition: Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park / Grand Rapids, MI

01/30/2015 - 08/16/2015

With the partnership with Shiga Prefecture, the sister state of Michigan, this exhibition will display more than 60 Japanese historical works of art from the 17th century to the present day, including Shigaraki pottery, delicate scrolls, screens, kimono, and functional objects. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Kimono“Flowers,”Yuzen style dyeing by Moriguchi Kakō (1909-2008)1983. Silk; Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan]

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