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Japan Contemporaries Series 8 | Juried Open Call
STEPPING INTO A WORLD III
Curated by Motoichi Adachi and Kyoko Sato

 

Gallery Max New York

552 Broadway, New York、NY 10012 |(212) 925-7017

July 18-24, 2024

July 18, 19, 20, 23: 12-6pm | July 21, 22: closed

Reception and Performance:July 18, 6-8pm

 

Tenri Cultural Institute

43A W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 | (212) 645-2800 July 16-22, 2024

July 16, 17, 18: 12-6pm | July 19: closed during daytime | July 20, 22: 12-3pm

Reception and Performance:July 19, 6-8pm

Artists:

[Grand Prize] Keiichi Noro

 

[First Runner-Up] HARUMI MIYATSUKA | Hiroshi Itami | Hizawa Ryujin | Kumiko Miyoshi | MAMI TSUKIMINE Marumi Satoishi | MASANARI KONO | RASHER.M

 

[Second Runner-Up] mii | nakibokuro | Naoya Watabe | SAIKA TAKAHASHI | Saori Kashimura | Saya | Tomohiro Goto | watabe | YOSHIKO IWAI

 

[Honorable Mention] AyaNe. | Dragon Artist TAKAKO | Emi Funayama | Fumie Takagi | Hikaru | —(ichi) JINSUI Kazuko Onishi | kirk nuru | KOSHUN | MIKI GOTO | MIYUU | NOCCI | SAKI CHIKARAISHI | SATOAKI MITSUWA Satoshi Onish | Shelly CHEN | SHUZO HIROYASU (AMEDIOS AMEDIOS) | Sonoko Nakajima | SWAT | Takashi Furuya

 

[Guests | NY Front Runners] Firoz Mahmud | Hideki Takahashi | Joe Piscopia | Les Joynes | Masato Okano | Max Fujishima | M Yakub | Rainer Ganahl + more

This juried open call exhibition, "Stepping Into A World III," is the eighth installment in a series of shows that aims to collaborate with Emmy Award-winning writer Motoichi Adachi and Kyoko Sato, a renowned curator based in New York known for her expertise in Japanese culture. The overarching goal of this series is to showcase the talent of 39 Japanese and 8 New York-based global artists who produce captivating works across various genres and backgrounds, while integrating them into the forefront of the global art scene. By facilitating meaningful interactions and inspiration exchanges between these Japanese artists and leading figures in New York's artistic community, as well as those working internationally, the series aims to foster a dynamic and impactful artistic dialogue. Moreover, this time, the exhibition is expanded to two venues. Additionally, the most recent Japan Contemporaries (Series 9, Gallery 60) will be held simultaneously, creating a whirlwind of Japanese art in summer New York.

 

The jurors were Dr. Les Joynes (Research Scholar and Curator, Columbia University), Kenji Tokumitsu (President, Gallery Tagboat), Jun Hanada (President, Ginza Hanada Art), Motoichi Adachi (Emmy Award winning writer) and Kyoko Sato (NY Curator). We will exhibit the selected Japanese artists along with a few New York front runner artists.

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"I cut through the art world with the sensibility that has long been active in the world of Japanese television. We want to bring a new wind of free and unrestrained ideas to a world that values old traditions. Beautiful works are beautiful and interesting works are interesting, even if they are not from famous art universities or patronized by influential galleries. We want to let attractive artists run amok in the world. I would like to try an unconventional challenge this time.”                            

— Motoichi Adachi

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Japan was defeated in World War II, but in the years that followed, many Japanese artists came to New York with dreams of international success. Although the industry has changed in the nearly 80 years after the war, the trend remains the same today. Many of the artists selected for "Stepping Into A World III” will be exhibiting in New York City for the first time, and this opportunity will be a big step forward for them.

 

The works include photography, paintings, prints, sculptures and installations. Through this exhibition, visitors will receive a general view of what artists working in Japan today are interested in, what they express, and what techniques they use. In addition, many artists will perform, and during the reception at the Tenri Gallery, it will become lively with a jungle like atmosphere featuring performances happening one after another. At the Max Gallery, Kyogen actor Motoya Izumi will collaborate with Dragon Artist TAKAKO through a recorded voice performance newly produced for the exhibition.

Historical masters such as Yasuo Kuniyoshi (who moved to New York in 1910), Yoko Ono (1951), Yayoi Kusama (1957), On Kawahara (1965), Ushio Shinohara (1969), Hiroshi Senju (1993), and Takashi Murakami (2001) also had their first steps and first exhibitions in New York. We cannot help but hope that such world-class artists will be born in the future from the artists in this exhibition.

 

When artists come to New York and start living here, their style changes with every moment. The international artists in the guest exhibition also have cultural backgrounds from Bangladesh (Firoz Mahmud), Kenya (M Yakub), Austria (Rainer Ganahl) , New York (Joe Piscopia, Les Joynes) and Japan (Hideki Takahashi, Masato Okano, Max Fujishima), and you can sense from their works how they were inspired by their own cultural backgrounds.

— Kyoko Sato

[Grand Prize] Keiichi Noro

Born in 1972, Noro is a self taught photographer and artist based in Hokkaido. Known for capturing the harsh and beautiful nature around Lake Toya. He is a recipient of the LUMIX AWARD Snap Division Excellence Award (2019, Panasonic, Tokyo), Grand Prize at the 4th Life with Coffee Photo Contest (2019, All Japan Coffee Association, Tokyo, Ikebukuro Sunshine), Best Video Award at the LUMIX AWARD 2020 PHOTO & MOVIE CONTEST (2020, Panasonic, Tokyo), featured on the Hokkaido Tourism Organization's LOVEHOKKAIDO website (2020, Hokkaido), selected as one of the 45 participants in the GFX Challenge program (2022, Fujifilm, Tokyo), and exhibited at KYOTOGRAPHIE KG+ "JAPAN PHOTO AWARD + INTUITION" (2023, Japan Photo Award, HOTEL ANTEROOM

KYOTO l Gallery 9.5, Kyoto).

Keiichi Noro

Keiichi Noro

RUKOU 2023 Photography 40.64×60.96 cm|16×24 in $1,000

Keiichi Noro

Keiichi Noro

YASYU 2023 Photography 40.64×60.96 cm|16×24 in $1,000

Keiichi Noro

Keiichi Noro

YUKIMITSU 2023 Photography 40.64×60.96 cm|16×24 in $1,000

Keiichi Noro

Keiichi Noro

USURABI 2023 Photography 40.64×60.96 cm|16×24 in $1,000

Keiichi Noro

Keiichi Noro

HYOURO 2023 Photography 40.64×60.96 cm|16×24 in $1,000

Hiroshi Itami

Hiroshi Itami

Quantum painting “Rainbow in 0 magnetic field” 2023 Mixed Media 85x65 ㎝|33.465x25,591 in $5,779.28

Hizawa Ryujin

Hizawa Ryujin

After the Rain 2004 Sumi ink and Gofun on paper 91 x 116.7 ㎝|35.8 x 45.9 in $50,000

Hizawa Ryujin

Hizawa Ryujin

Cherry Blossoms of Manabe Elementary School 2015 Silk and Mineral Pigments 172 x 376㎝|67.7 x 148.0in $500,000

Hizawa Ryujin

Hizawa Ryujin

Autumn 2011 Sumi ink and Mineral pigment on paper 91 x 65㎝|35.8 x 25.6in $50,000

Kumiko Miyoshi

Kumiko Miyoshi

Annual Rings of Memory 2024 Oil on canvas 72 x 53㎝|28 x 21in $4,000

MAMI TSUKIMINE_『 Flower Moon 』 Dreamy Moonlight 日本語『 フラワー ムーン 』 夢幻の月光_2023_デジタルプリント_72×72c

MAMI TSUKIMINE_『 Flower Moon 』 Dreamy Moonlight 日本語『 フラワー ムーン 』 夢幻の月光_2023_デジタルプリント_72×72c

『 Flower Moon 』 Dreamy Moonlight 2023 Digital print 72×72 cm|28.3×28.3 in $2,100

Marumi Satoishi

Marumi Satoishi

Thousand-Persons Knots 2024 Mizuhiki, Paper, Design Project 170×70×10 cm|67×28×4 inch $15,000

MASANARI KONO

MASANARI KONO

What High Heels Carry 2023 Styrofoam and Stone Clay with Synthetic Resin Paint 118×95×47 cm|46.5×37.4×18.3 in $9,500

RASHER.M

RASHER.M

JAPAN LOVE 2022 watercolor paper canvas.color pen 72.7 × 60.6 ㎝|28.6 ×23.9 in $7,800

Mii

Mii

Noble World 2023 70×60 ㎝|279inch×235 in $2,955

Nakibokuro

Nakibokuro

cat staring at you 2024 ink on canvas 69×69 cm|27.2×27.2 in $3,000

Naoya Watabe

Naoya Watabe

One 2024 Mixed media  127×127×10 cm|50×50×4 in $30,000

SAIKA TAKAHASHI

SAIKA TAKAHASHI

Blue Rose ~Possibilities are Infinite~ 2023 Photography 70×70 ㎝|27.5×27.5 in $7,700

SAIKA TAKAHASHI

SAIKA TAKAHASHI

Red Spider Lily ~ Dance of Ethereal Flowers ~ 2023 Photography 70×70 ㎝|27.5×27.5 in $7,700

Saori Kashimura

Saori Kashimura

Cyber Muse 2024 Watercolor on canvas with pulp-based gesso 60.6×60.6 cm|23.6×23.6 in $3,000

Saya

Saya

Acceptance 2024 Mixed media, Acrylic, ink, pigment on wood 80×53 ㎝|31.50 × 20.87 in $6,000

Tomohiro Goto

Tomohiro Goto

Facing the Darkness 2024 Acrylic and sumi ink 27㎝×22㎝|10in×8in $1,400

watabe

watabe

Canal St station 2019 Acrylic on cardboard 72.8x 51.5 ㎝|28.6 x 20.2 in $3,300

YOSHIKO IWAI

YOSHIKO IWAI

A musical 2023 Acrylic on canvas 38.0×45.5×2.0 cm|15×17.9×0.8 in $1,800

YOSHIKO IWAI

YOSHIKO IWAI

Island 2023 Acrylic on canvas 45.5×38.0×2.0 cm|17.9×15×0.8 in $1,800

YOSHIKO IWAI

YOSHIKO IWAI

The city of twilight 2023 acrylic on canvas 38.0×45.5×2.0 cm|15×17.9×0.8 in $1,800

AyaNe.

AyaNe.

Energy in JAPAN 2024 Mixed media 91×91×3 cm|35.8×35.8×1.1 in $7,700

AyaNe.

AyaNe.

How to save the world 2024 Mixed media 91×91×3 cm|35.8×35.8×1.1 in $7,700

AyaNe.

AyaNe.

THE ZEBRA 2024 Mixed media 91×91×3 cm|35.8×35.8×1.1 in $7,700

Dragon Artist TAKAKO

Dragon Artist TAKAKO

Fabulous Dragon 2024 Acrylic on Photographic Paper 42.8cm×54.3 cm|16.85×21.37 in $8,000

Emi Funayama

Emi Funayama

From a dream/Creativity 2023 Watercolor paint and colored pencils on paper stretched on wood panel 65.2×53×3 ㎝|25.7×20.9×1 in $10,000

Emi Funayama

Emi Funayama

From a dream/The story begins 2023 65.2×53×3 cm|25.7×20.9×1 in $10,000

Emi Funayama

Emi Funayama

From a dream/Infinite possibilities 2023 Watercolor paint and colored pencils on paper stretched on wood panel 65.2×53×3 ㎝|25.7×20.9×1 in $10,000

FUMIE TAKAGA

FUMIE TAKAGA

light of your life 2024 Acrylic on canvas 140x73 cm|55.1x28.7 in $6,500

HARUMI MIYATSUKA

HARUMI MIYATSUKA

Life is born 2024 Oil on Canvas 91x72 cm | 36x29 in $12,000

Hikaru

Hikaru

Blessed solitude 2024 Mixed media 68.5×48.5 ㎝|26.97× 19.09 in $1278.19

一(ichi)

一(ichi)

Moonlight 2024 アクリル画、アクリル絵の具、水彩色鉛筆 42.0×59.4 ㎝|16.54×23.39 in $2,000

JINSUI

JINSUI

The Earth~Love Planet~ 2023 Acrylic on canvas 27.3×27.3 cm|10.7×10.7 in. $3,800

JINSUI

JINSUI

Lakshmi 2022 Calligraphy ink on japanese painting paper 'shikishi' 27×24 cm|10.6 ×9.4 in $3,800

Kazuko Onishi

Kazuko Onishi

Cosmic Egg 2021 Oil on canvas 162×130 cm|63.8×51.3 in $8536.78

kirk nuru

kirk nuru

play make-believe 2024 Oil 24.3×33.3 cm|9.6×13.1 in $650

KOSHUN

KOSHUN

Black dragon 2022 Japanese calligraphy and Japanese ink brush painting 290×100 ㎝|114×39 in $38,000

KOSHUN

KOSHUN

rainbow dragon 2022 Japanese painting (Gansai) / Japanese ink, 284×100 ㎝|112×39 in $35,000

MIKI GOTO

MIKI GOTO

To Be Me 2024 acrylic color, mixed media on canvas 80.3×100×1.5 cm|31.6×39.3×0.5 in $5,500

MIYUU

MIYUU

The heart is playing "Thank you" 2024 Sumi ink on Washi paper 90×73×3 ㎝|35.4×28.7×1.18 in $16,000

NOCCI

NOCCI

MUSHO NO AI-Unconditional LOVE 2024 Acrylic and Sumi ink on canvas 40x50 ㎝|16x20 in $22,222

SAKI CHIKARAISHI

SAKI CHIKARAISHI

Drawing Entwined with the Earth_Emotional Support 6 2023 60.5×45.5×0.8 cm|23.8×17.9×0.3 in $520

SATOAKI MITSUWA

SATOAKI MITSUWA

No.2 2014 Acrylic on canvas 116.7×91×3.7 cm|45.9×35.8×1.46 in $75,000

SATOAKI MITSUWA

SATOAKI MITSUWA

No.3 2023 Mixed media acrylic oil on canvas 130.3×97×3.6cm|51.3×38.2×1.4 in $750,000

Satoshi Onish

Satoshi Onish

Origins 2024 Photography 42x 59 cm|16x23 in $5,000

Shelly CHEN

Shelly CHEN

Sunset 2024 Oil painting on canvas 70.7 x60.6 cm|28.62x23.86 in $6,600

SHUZO HIROYASU (AMEDIOS AMEDIOS)

SHUZO HIROYASU (AMEDIOS AMEDIOS)

Auspicious Arrangement reproduced in 2024 (original painting was in 2019 Mixed Media 65.2 x 45.5 ㎝|25.7 x 17.9 in $3,500

SHUZO HIROYASU (AMEDIOS AMEDIOS)

SHUZO HIROYASU (AMEDIOS AMEDIOS)

Orphans of Shogun: Newborn Universe 2024 Mixed Media 72.7 x 72.7 cm|28.6 x 28.6 in $3,000

Sonoko Nakajima

Sonoko Nakajima

Line vol.1 2024 Oil 81×65 ㎝|31.8×25.5 in $3,300

Sonoko Nakajima

Sonoko Nakajima

Red Line 2024 Oil 73×61 ㎝|28.7×24.0 in $3,300

SWAT

SWAT

focus 2023 Iron, Wood, and glass 15×27×15 ㎝|5.9× 10.6 ×5.9 in $4,300

SWAT

SWAT

Reason 2023 Iron and glass 15×30×15 cm|5.9×11.8×5.9 in $5,800

Takashi Furuya

Takashi Furuya

Digital Princess 2024 Mixed media 28×28×48 cm|11.0×11.0×18.9 in $6,000

Takashi Furuya

Takashi Furuya

Peace of the Next Ten Thousand Years 2023 Mixed media 120×120×6 ㎝|47.2×47.2×2.4 in $12,000

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