Gregg Baker at Asian Art in London
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Gregg Baker at Asian Art in London

INFINITE SPACE: THE NEW JAPAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO POST-WAR AVANT-GARDE JAPANESE ART:

Purveyor of the largest collection of Japanese screens in the world, Gregg Baker Asian Art gallery will participate in the Asian Art in London event this year, with its inaugural exhibition of post-war Avant-garde art from Japan. The show is devoted to seven prominent Japanese artists of that era and the work they created in the post-World War II art scene. After the hostilities ended, the country found itself under pressure to modernize. Its artists sought to reinvent themselves and their art by exploring new visual forms without overlooking the preservation of their ancestral cultural heritage.

Morita Shiryu, “En”, 75.5 x 104cm, wood and paper panel painted in aluminium flake pigment in polyvinyl acetate medium and yellow alkyd varnish with abstract calligraphy; Japan 20th century Shōwa period, dated 1967 (Courtesy of Gregg Baker Asian Art)

Morita Shiryu, “En”, 75.5 x 104cm, wood and paper panel painted in aluminium flake pigment in polyvinyl acetate medium and yellow alkyd varnish with abstract calligraphy; Japan 20th century Shōwa period, dated 1967 (Courtesy of Gregg Baker Asian Art)

Suda Kokuta, Takeo Yamaguchi, Morita Shiryū, Yūichi Inoue, Hisao Domoto, Ochi Kenzo and Tagashige Mori are the focus of Gregg Baker’s exhibition and among the artists for whom art represents a mystical experience – its creation a daily practice. The lives and works of these eminent artists reflect a tireless search for an art of purity, sincerity and transcendence, deeply infused with influences from a culture that is adoring of nature, form and texture, along with the underlying aesthetic of Buddhism and its philosophy.

SudaKokuta, ‘Symbol of Infinite Space’, 91.5 x 65.6cm, oil and mixed media on canvas; signed and dated 1960 (Courtesy of Gregg Baker Asian Art)

Suda Kokuta, ‘Symbol of Infinite Space’, 91.5 x 65.6cm, oil and mixed media on canvas; signed and dated 1960 (Courtesy of Gregg Baker Asian Art)

Infinite Space: The New Japan will run from 3rd until 12th November for its participation in Asian Art in London, an annual event which unites leading Asian art dealers, major auction houses and societies in a series of gallery-selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions, lectures and seminars, all further complemented by exhibitions at the leading museums of London.

Inoue Yūichi, ‘Shoku’ (Belonging), 126 x 227cm, ink on paper, dated 1976 (Courtesy of Gregg Baker Asian Art)

Inoue Yūichi, ‘Shoku’ (Belonging), 126 x 227cm, ink on paper, dated 1976 (Courtesy of Gregg Baker Asian Art)

Gregg Baker Asian Art will be open specifically from Monday to Friday for the Asian Art in London event, as well as on Saturday 5th November, between 5pm and 9pm, for an open evening reception. For more details, visit the Asian Art in London and Gregg Baker Asian Art websites.

 

 

  • Louis Georges

    The underlying aesthetic and philosophy is just incredible. Thumbs up to Japan for an impressive preservation of their ancestral cultural heritage.

    October 24, 2016 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Sebastian Laurence

    Thank you for this informative share.

    October 24, 2016 at 8:48 am Reply

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