ASIA WEEK NEW YORK 2024
Cosmic Sound: Master Paintings by Ken Matsubara
March 14 – April 4, 2024
Opening Reception with the Artist & Performance: Thursday, March 14th, 5-8pm (RSVP required)
Special Asia Week Hours: Open: Thurs-Sat, 11am-6pm; By appointment only: Mon-Wed. 11am-6pm
We are proud to present Cosmic Sound: Master Paintings by Ken Matsubara, a culmination of the artist’s concepts featuring 20 of the beloved painter’s unique artworks for this 15th year of Asia Week New York. Matsubara will showcase his series spanning his long and illustrious career, including three works depicting the auspicious and fearsome dragon zodiac, the spectacular 12-panel Kūkai’s View, and versions of Scenery and the Moon Sound.
Ken Matsubara (b. 1948) came to the medium of painting as a young man living amongst monks at a Buddhist temple in north-central Japan. Now residing in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, a natural landscape of rivers and waterfalls, Matsubara sojourned across the Japanese archipelago, finding inspiration through researching local imaginations of the dragon—sometimes a sky god or spirit of the water. The transcendental themes of his youth continue to permeate his works. One universal symbol is the circle, symbolizing the resonant sound of a ringing prayer bowl. The repetitive shape muddies the separation between sun or moon, sky or sea, or foreground from background: all is one and one is all.
There will also be a special otsuzumi drum performance during the opening reception by Shonosuke Okura. The acclaimed Nō musician is the 15th generation to receive the otsuzumi tradition.
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RECENTLY CLOSED EXHIBITION
Floating Vessels: Stoneware by Mitsukuni Misaki
January 18 – February 15, 2024
Opening Reception: January 18, 6-8pm (RSVP requested)
We are delighted begin the new year with our current exhibition, Floating Vessels: Stoneware by Mitsukuni Misaki. Showcasing over 30 of Misaki’s latest works, ranging from small vases to majestic containers, the exhibition explores his modern and hand-coiled forms. This is the master ceramicist’s return to New York after six years.
Mitsukuni Misaki’s creations, reminiscent of the timeless ceramics of ancient civilizations, stretch out like a boundless horizon, inviting viewers to connect with the rich legacy of craftsmanship. Be sure to visit and witness the evolution of Misaki’s artistic journey.
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ABOUT THE GALLERY
Ippodo Gallery is a cultural bridge to Japan’s living master artists. Founded in Tokyo (1996-), the New York gallery (2008-) presents fine handcrafted and rare works created using traditional materials and methods. Each piece selected embodies Japanese aesthetic sensitivity that is born of a spiritual bond with nature. Ippodo’s exhibition program features unique objects — fine ceramics, lacquerware, metal crafts, sculpture, paintings, and works on paper — that celebrate human invention, the natural world, and sublime beauty.