hime — The Princess of Japan — “Was I born to Play? Was I born to Frolic?”

Kumi Nakata Doll of Sakura 2014 H12 W14 D11 1/2in H30.5 W35.5 D29cm

Kumi Nakata
Doll of Sakura
2014
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Ippodo Gallery New York is delighted to announce that it will present the ‘hime – The Princess of Japan -’ exhibition from March 12-30. This will coincide with New York’s Asia Week presenting the pinnacle of Japanese art crafts associated with Hime.

The samurai lived for victory in the battles that swept the country, creating the history of Japan in the process, but they could not have done so without the support of the brave yet elegant hime, who ran their homes, pursued beauty and produced a vibrant culture unique to Japan. These hime were the daughters of the most powerful families in the land, the Emperors, nobles, shogun and daimyo. Sometimes they served as bridges between rival families, other times they were used as political pawns. They devoted themselves to raising the fortunes of their families whilst being buffeted by the storms of life. Perhaps, that was why they strove to cultivate the refined arts, enjoying extravagant pastimes and living in graceful beauty.

The customs of each household were passed down from woman to woman, leading to the development of rich traditions in every aspect of life. They wore twelve-layered ceremonial kimono. The delicate combinations of color at the collar displayed their taste and sophisticated sensibilities, turning them into walking works of art. They were accomplished in ike-bana flower arranging, calligraphy and incense appreciation, bringing elegance and dignity to these ancient arts. If we compare the culture developed by the hime with that of the valiant samurai we see that much of it tends towards the delicate and decorative. The items created for their trousseaus were particularly outstanding, true jewels of Japanese traditional art crafts. They exemplified the highest possible levels of aesthetic technique.

The kimono and obi sashes that they wore and the items they used in their daily lives were epitomized by the Hatsune maki-e lacquer furnishings tended to be decorated with numerous lucky symbols: chrysanthemum, pine, plum, iris, bamboo, peony, gourd, flowing water, crane, turtle, and assorted treasures. All of these represented their parents’ wishes for a bright future for their daughters who were born into a world of strife. These objects doubtlessly served to help the hime to forget the sorrows of a life dedicated to fate and family tradition. In effect these became their symbolic guardians and friends allowing them brief moments of joy.

For this exhibition, Ippodo gallery has gathered various items that would have once delighted the hime. The beautiful silk kimonos and obis exhibit outstanding dyeing and weaving techniques; a fan with a yamato-e painting of a scene from the ‘Tale of Genji’ (1008); decorated hagoita battledores, kai-awase shell games, maki-e lacquer items dating from the 16th to 19th centuries, including incense and cosmetics boxes. Additionally, we present outstanding examples of contemporary art crafts, including dolls and small items utilizing kimono textiles.

 

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For more information and request for admission, please contact Shoko Aono 

For more information, you can also visit our exhibition page.

Kohei Nakamura Exhibition of 50 Tea bowls

Tea bowl, O-Ido style 2014 H6 3/4xW4 1/4xD4 1/4in H10.6xW17.6xD17.6cm

Tea bowl, O-Ido style
2014
H6 3/4xW4 1/4xD4 1/4in
H10.6xW17.6xD17.6cm

Ceramic artist Kohei Nakamura, whose father is the third master of tea bowls of Kanazawa Baizan Nakamura, and whose brother is Kinpei Nakamura, has been making utsushi (translated as “reproductions or copies with subtle nuances”) of Koetsu Honami and Chojiro for 40 years. In these past several years however, he has started to create his own Raku tea bowls.

Nakamura’s tea bowls, which all possess unquestionable dynamism, and each one a unique form, come freely out of his imagination. It is as though he is discovering new ways to create his works, which quietly shine in the spotlight. Among his many accolades, Nakamura has received high praise from Seizo Hayashiya, a master of tea ceremony. He refers to Nakamura’s refined works as “Ido tea bowls of the Heisei period”.

For this current exhibition, the focus is to highlight Ido/Oido tea bowls. However, we will also introduce Nakamura’s new works, such as those in the Kofuki style and his Kurobe style black tea bowls.

<Biography>
Kohei Nakamura

1948 Born in Kanazawa, the third son of Baizan Nakamura.
1973 Graduated from the sculpture department of Tama University of Art.
1979 Selected as the 1st domestic fellow by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs
1989 Award – Grand-Prix, Yagi-Kazuo Prize Exhibition
1990 Asahi Contemporary Crafts Exhibition (Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka; Yurakucho Hankyu, Tokyo)
1993 Began representation by Garth Clark Galley in New York
1996 The Suntory Museum Grand Prize Exhibition’96 (Suntory Museum of
Art, Tokyo)
1997 Contemporary Ceramic Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
2006- Solo exhibitions at Ginza Ippodo Gallery
2012 Art Crafting Towards the Future (21st Century Museum of
Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Solo exhibition at Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto
2013 Contemporary Master Tea Bowl Exhibition (Musee Tomo, Tokyo)
Solo exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery

<Public Collections>
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Others

For more information and online catalogue, please visit our exhibition page

or please contact Shoko Aono.

Nobuyuki Okumura will be featured on a TV program called ‘Sekai Fushigi Hakken’ broadcast by TBS on February 7, 2015!

 

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Nobuyuki Okumura Bronze Sculpture Exhibition

February 6, 2015 – February 21, 2015 at Ginza Ippodo Gallery (Closed on Mondays)

Nobuyuki Okumura repurposes an ancient cave in Bracciano, the suburb of Rome, and uses it as his studio.

He is persistent in his focus on ‘figurative form’ even though abstraction is the mainstream in the world of contemporary sculpture. He continues making sculptures through the Italian lost-wax casting method of the Roman/Greek period –successors to carry on this artistic tradition are few and far between, even in Italy.

A key characteristic of his sculptures lies in the beautiful surface created after casting and during the finishing process. The surface is treated to look as if coated with powder. With great respect for the tradition of his craft, and under the mentorship of Emilio Greco, a master sculptor, he produces work that radiates a certain warmth of humanity. Many artists look up to Okumura and study under him, witnessing the pure craftsmanship in his production.

In October 2003, Okumura produced a bronze bust of Pope John Paul II in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his pontificate – to the Pope’s great fancy. Even after his death, the bust was displayed at the Vatican Library alongside a sculpture by Bernini. Okumura and the bust he created garnered widespread interest (this story will be featured on a TV program called ‘Sekai Fushigi Hakken’ broadcast by TBS on February 7, 2015).

In this exhibition, approximately 30 sculptures will be shown including the bronze bust of Pope John Paul II, statues of the Greek gods, and Buddha.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the world-renowned Okumura’s bronze sculptures.

[Biography]

1953 Born in Tokyo

1972 Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School

1974-80 Repeatedly accepted for Kokuten Exhibition

1975 Enrolled in Sculpture department of Academy of Fine Arts in Rome

Studied under Emilio Greco

1977 Graduated from Department of Arts, Sculpture Course of Tokyo Gakugei University

1985 Left for Italy and became an assistant to sculptor Milton Hebald

1988 Won a prize in the 2nd Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition at Hakone Open-Air Museum

1990 Became a pupil at Emilio Greco’s studio

1992 Solo exhibition at Studio NM in Rome

1993 Permanent exhibition at L’ IPPOCASTANO Gallery in Rome

1994 Solo exhibition in Tokyo

1995 Solo exhibition at Mitsukoshi Gallery in Osaka

1996 Solo exhibition at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

His relief,  ‘12 Ecliptical constellations’, was donated to the Seiryo Hall in Hibiya

Designed and established the bronze fountain, ‘Wood sprite’, at the Sasaki residence in Mita City

Received a message of endorsement and praise from the Italian Vice President

1997 Solo exhibitions at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Chiba Mitsukoshi, and Kobe Mitsukoshi

Installed the monument, ‘The Centaur and a girl’, at Senzoku Gakuen College

Produced a small relief for the 50th anniversary of foundation of Seiryo-kai

1998 Solo exhibition at Mitsukoshi Gallery in Osaka

Installed the relief, ‘Hisyou suru uma ni matagaru Diana’, at Otsuma Nakano High School

Installed a portrait of the Duke of Paul Borghese in Artena, Italy

His relief, ‘Amazon’, was donated at the 120th anniversary ceremony of Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School

Installed a statue of Lobstein for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome

Produced statues of Lady Pamela and her daughter Lala at Palazzo Borghese, Rome

1999 Installed a statue of Andrew Bertie, a leader of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome

Produced a memorial medal for Alan Campbell Johnson in London

Solo exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery

Nominated for Food and Agriculture Organization’s auction and sold works in Cairo

2001 Okumura Sculpture Exhibition formally joined “Italia in Giappone 2001” Exhibition

Solo exhibitions at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Osaka Mitsukoshi, and Ginza Ippodo Gallery

Produced a statue of Eitaka Tsuboi, President of Japan Medical Association, in Tokyo

2003 Produced and presented a bronze bust of Pope John Paul II

Happy New Year!

Fujio Kawagishi Tanakazari ( New Year's decoration )

Fujio Kawagishi
Tanakazari ( New Year’s decoration )

Thank you for helping make 2014 such a wonderful year! At our lacquer ware exhibition, individual after individual was drawn in by the tradition of lacquer ware and were privy to the rich depths of Japanese crafts. At our exhibition of teabowls, people were moved by the connections they felt with each on holding each teabowl in their hands, they were fascinated by the microcosm of each piece. Harumi Noguchi’s highly anticipated sculpture show featured pieces based on characters of Japanese folklore, possessing a vibrant energy – they came to life in the hearts of those who saw them. At the art fair in London, countless clients repeatedly stopped by our booth and many purchases were made. And at our 4th time participating in the art fair in Chicago, we had encounters with familiar faces, as well as fresh ones.
What do we take from art crafts and other beautiful objects? We believe it’s the opportunities that arise for connections between one human to another. Japanese art crafts are thoroughly born of both hand and soul – this is carried on not just in what we can see, but also in what we feel in our hearts. Whether times are rough or tranquil in our lives, pieces exist like good friends. They represent a celebration of the human experience.

To those masterful individuals who create splendid works of art, and to those who appreciate these works, with heartfelt gratitude, we thank you! In 2015, we will continue to strive to discover and present to you the most beautiful art crafts from all over Japan.

We hope that you have a beautiful year!

Shoko Aono & the Ippodo team
Ippodo New York
2015. 1.1.

Harumi Noguchi Okami – Wolf & The Elemental Spirits of Nature

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December 08, 2014 – December 27, 2014

“There was a time when I was small that I was looked after by a cross between a Japanese wolf and a dog.  

In Japanese the term for wolf, okami, has the same pronunciation as that for ‘great god’. 

Mountains are the site of death and rebirth; it is not actual wolves that people worship, rather they represent the Okami, the great god that controls the endless cycle of infinite life possessed by the mountains. The Japanese wolf is now extinct, but I would like to take this solo exhibition as an opportunity to consider ‘ the Japanese, God and Religion’. ”                  

- Harumi Noguchi

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Ippodo Gallery New York is delighted to announce that from December 8, it will be presenting Harumi NOGUCHI’s second exhibition of sculpture in New York, entitled OKAMI-The Wolf and The Elemental Spirits of Nature.

Since ancient times the Japanese people have believed that ‘Kami’, elemental spirits, inhabited the plants and wind, the mountains, seas, forests, and rivers. Even today, when we walk through the countryside we frequently come across shrines dedicated to these elemental spirits. Using clay as her medium, the remarkably talented woman sculptor, Harumi NOGUCHI , recreates the demons and spirits that appear in ancient Japanese tales or legends, as well as some of the countless gods that reside in nature.

Born in Tokyo in 1954, NOGUCHI delighted in reading books on mythology, legends and old tales from an early age, becoming fascinated with the view of nature held by the Japanese of the eighth century when Japan’s oldest books, the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki were written. As she grew, she played with the spirits that inhabited the great trees of the forests and whenever she stepped into the sea or a river, she fantasized that she was coming into direct contact with the god of water. She devoted herself to the study of documents and literature, becoming deeply versed in the Japanese character and folk beliefs. “The faith of the Japanese is based on an awareness of a vast, invisible power. As soon as a people is no longer able to feel this power, the beauty of their country will fade.” She was in her forties when she began to work in clay and ever since she has concentrated on the creation of thee-dimensional sculptures that express her unique worldview. She says that when she is working, she sometimes feels that her body is unable to keep up with the images that flow from her mind. It is as if the elemental spirits have taken over her hands in order to embody themselves in this world, appearing in an abundant variety of guises, richly individualistic and displaying lively expressions.

The title of this exhibition, ‘OKAMI’, can mean either ‘wolf’ or ‘great god’ depending on the Japanese characters used to write it. This has a great significance for NOGUCHI as when she was small, her grandmother kept dog that was a cross between a Japanese wolf and a dog and it protected her when she was small. In the area stretching from Mt. Mitsuminesan to Mt. Mitakesan, northwest of Tokyo, the shrines devoted to mountain asceticism, have statues of wolves, known as ‘Oinu-sama’, enshrined at their entrances in place of the usual guardian dogs and from this we can see that the ancient worship of wolves remains alive in Japan to this day.

Like foxes and deer, wolves are considered messengers of the gods, and in ancient times they were venerated as gods in their own right under the name, ‘Okuchi’ (Big Mouth). Ms. Noguchi believes that as the apex predator, the wolf symbolized the rich cycle of life and death upon which mountain worship is based and that is why it was given the name ‘Okami’ (great god).

Her works take us back to the primordial beliefs of Japan. They are neither judgmental nor subservient; they exist humbly and kindly together with nature, representing countless prayers to the souls that live within tiny things. Today, people think only of personal profit, destroying the mountains for the wealth they contain, polluting the oceans and slaughtering vast numbers of living creatures through the reckless exploitation of resources. The Japanese wolf is now extinct but we hope that the works in this exhibition will allow you to feel the close relationship that once existed between nature and humankind, taking you back to a vivid world, full of life. As NOGUCHI says, “I hope that this solo exhibition will provide an opportunity for everybody to consider ‘the Japanese, God and religion’. ”

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In Japan, people perceive the existence of gods throughout everything in nature.
These are not omniscient or omnipotent beings,
Rather, they are delicate, ephemeral forces.
However, the birth of life ensues out of the strength that is this fleeting nature.
It is awe-inspiringly precious.

Forests, trees, rivers, boars, birds, tigers, and wolves, all are alive.
And all eventually die.

What is life?
Why do we live?
Surely it is to meet with other life.
As far as the eye can see, the world is overflowing with life.
The sun rises, the wind blows.
We exist in order to interact with this life,
During our limited time here.

In ancient times, people and nature shared a strong affinity for one another.
Harumi Noguchi’s mythological and fantastical characters – made from lumps of clay – are brought to life in the real world through her hands.
They are like friends who listen to our words, sing and dance together with us.

Shoko Aono
Ippodo New York
October, 2014

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For more information and request for admission, please contact Shoko Aono 

For more information, you can also visit our exhibition page.

SOFA Chicago, a great success!

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SOFA Chicago, which started with a preview showing on Thursday, November 6, concluded on Sunday, November 9.

Out of a wide variety of media, encompassing pieces in bronze, lacquer, ceramic, glass, photography, wood, metal, jewelry and chairs, Ippodo chose only the finest pieces, totaling 120 items by 16 artists.

Pieces that took a whole year in the making, and just recently completed to perfection, were paired with patrons, both from within the US, as well as abroad. These pieces of Japanese contemporary fine art-crafts were distributed among individuals who had been to SOFA Chicago before, in addition to new visitors who we had the pleasure of meeting for the very first time. Our time at the exposition was marked by a feeling of warmth and vibrance; the three and half days were wrapped in smiles all around and a sense of deep emotional connections.

The humanity we are witness to keeps us courageously moving forward. We thank you for this!
For those who were unable to attend this time around, we look forward to the day when we can meet in person.

Many pieces found new homes in the US.
Toshio Tokunaga’s chairs in particular, captured the hearts of many. People touched, smelled, sat, and overall enjoyed the unique “forest bathing” experience that they provided. The chairs sold out completely, and we are currently continuing to take orders for them from all over the world.

WIth our “faith in the power of beauty”, Ippodo will continue in our promise to introduce genuine art to the world.

Ippodo Gallery

Ippodo Gallery to Participate in SOFA Again this Year

Eight Faces, 2014 Cast bronze, gold leaf, 37 x 16 x 34cm hatakeyama copy 2

Ippodo Gallery, which is based in Tokyo and New York, is proud to announce that it will participate in the SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) exhibition again this year from November 7–9, 2014. This year will mark the fourth consecutive year that Ippodo has participated in this renowned exhibition.

We will be introducing the most current works by 15 contemporary Japanese artists selected from a wide range of fields including: bronze, woodwork, ceramics, porcelain, glass, lacquerware, metal, painting, photography and furniture.  These works – which display an exquisite pairing of skill and sense of design, combined with refined aesthetics – are representative of the fine caliber of art crafts in Japan today.  These artists have not simply inherited traditional techniques or adopted the philosophies of contemporary art, rather, their works truly embody the world of SurJaponisme.  This year’s booth is larger than in previous years, allowing us to present many large-scale works.

SOFA CHICAGO 2014 (Navy Pier’s Festival Hall600 East Grand Avenue,Chicago,IL,60611)

Ippodo Gallery : Booth #1021

Exhibiting Artists

Yukiya Izumita(ceramics) / Katsuya Ohgita(glass)/ Shô Kishino(sculpture) / Ryoji Koie(ceramics) / Shota Suzuki (metal)/ Midori Tsukada (glass)/ Yui Tsujimura(ceramics)/ Toshio Tokunaga(chair) /Takashi Tomo-oka(photography) / Koji Hatakeyama(bronze)/ Yuki Hayama(porcelain) /Tohru Matsuzaki (lacquer)/ Jihei Murase (lacquer)/ Akio Mori (jewelry)/ Ikuro Yagi(painting) /Shinya Yamamura(lacquer)

 VIP Opening

Thursday, November 6

First Choice Preview (Invitation Only): 5-7 pm

Public Preview (Tickets Available): 7-9pm

General Admission

Friday, November 7, 10am-7pm (VIP Admission from 10-11am)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-7pm (VIP Admission from 10-11am)

Sunday, November 9, 12pm-6pm

 

For more information and request for admission, please contact Shoko Aono 

For more information, you can also visit our exhibition page & SOFA web site.

 

CHAWAN – Tea Bowls – An Exhibition of Tea Bowls by Contemporary Potters

 

 

 

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August 15 ( Mon ) – October 6, 2014

Ippodo NY is delighted to announce that it will be holding an exhibition of tea bowls in celebration of Jugoya, the Japanese Moon-Viewing Festival. Traditionally falling on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the lunar calendar, the date of this festival varies. This year it will take place on September 8. The full moon on this night is considered the most magnificent of the year, shining high in the autumn sky. Its beauty is marveled today as it has been for centuries. Numerous poems have been written praising its beauty, and offerings are made to it in gratitude for the harvest. Ippodo NY will present a selection of tea bowls by 16 contemporary Japanese potters, ranging from young artists to master craftsmen, creating a wonderful feeling of harmony.

The appreciation of tea bowls is quite unique and differs from that of other art-crafts. During the tea ceremony, the bowl is raised in both hands and touched to the lips, its weight transmitted through the hands, its texture on the lip, and the color of the green tea inside all providing sensory pleasure to the guests. Even the shape of the kodai, as the foot of the bowl is known, is highly regarded, with people unraveling narratives in its form. Texture is experienced through the distortions of the clay; the glaze can be enjoyed throughout the entire 360 degrees of the form, and the transformations resulting from use become a source of appreciation. Each small bowl represents a culmination of Japanese aesthetics.

The Japanese tea ceremony, particularly the wabi-cha style perfected by Sen-no-Rikyu (1522-91), was developed during the Azuchi Momoyama period (1573-1603) and spread widely among the samurai class. The guest entrance to the tea ceremony room is extremely small and low, forcing the guests to enter on their knees – the idea being to oblige the samurai to leave his sword outside, thereby making all who enter equal. A samurai valued his sword as highly as his life, so to part with it in order to partake in a bowl of tea must have created a heightened atmosphere we can only conjecture upon today. The small, rustic tea room must have offered a unique form of freedom. The tea ceremony expresses an unparalleled refinement, combining Zen Buddhism with the Way of the Samurai. In the beginning, its practice was restricted to the feudal lords and high-ranking samurai, but gradually spread to the rich merchant class during the mid-Edo period (18th century). Sublimated to a deep spiritual level in both society and the realm of art-crafts, its utensils, particularly the tea bowls, have cultural and historic importance. In the past, there have even been occasions when a single tea bowl was considered more important than territory.

There are various traditional styles of tea bowl that have been transmitted to the present, with Raku, Ido, Hagi, Karatsu and Shino still being created today. All Japanese potters, whoever they may be, strive to create a perfect tea bowl in their respective careers. This is probably due to the fact that the simple tea bowl contains a sense of great presence and infinite power. They can be described as being microcosms or expressions of the great maternal spirit. The tea master devotes all his energies to a single bowl of tea to make it a unique encounter, allowing the guest to appreciate the experience through all five senses. Unlike an artwork that is only appreciated visually, it embodies organic joy, contemplation, tranquility, and living beauty. It represents the essence of entertainment and the true nature of human happiness that has remained unchanged throughout history. A tea bowl always plays an important role in the ultimate communication that joins people together, giving rise to an endless power of imagination.

Exhibiting artists:
Ryusuke Asai, Shin Fujihira, Yasushi Fujihira, Sho Fujita, Kenji Hishida, Yukiya Izumita, Ryoji Koie, Takuro Kuwata, Masahiro Maeda, Kohei Nakamura, Chozaemon Ohi, Toshio Ohi, Shiro Tsujimura, Yui Tsujimura, Hideki Yanashita, Aiko Watanabe

For more information, please visit our Exhibition page.

Love Stone Project

Atsuya Tominaga’s Love Stone Project arriving to NYC !

July 29, 30, 31, 2014

“If every one becomes one with nature, the whole earth will become one.” - Atsuya Tominaga

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Atsuya Tominaga, stone sculptor and winner of the Grand Prize at the 25th UBE Biennale International Sculpture Competition, with his piece titled, “Our Love”, will be presenting Love Stone Project* to New York City – a project that the artist started in May 2014.

This interactive art project follows many large heart-shaped stones as they are brought to various locales in Japan, and throughout the world, where the people of the land – young and old – gather and polish the stones until they are completed. One year from now, all of these hearts will be joined together and exhibited in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, as a single work of art.

 In New York City, the project will have 3 sites of temporary installation: Central Park, Rockaway Beach, and High Line Park.

We invite you to join other New Yorkers in helping realize this exciting art project!

July 29 ( Tue ) Central Park Sheep’s meadow       West side of central park from 66th to 69th st ( Starts at 2pm )

July 30 ( Wed )  High Line Park   Westside of Manhattan b/w 10th and11th Ave on West 21st street  ( Starts at 2pm )

July 31 ( Thu )  Rockaway Beach                  Take A or S train and getting off at Beach 98th ( Starts at 2pm )

This project is open to the public and participation is free and encouraged.

To confirm the location and hours of the installation, please reach me at any time: Shoko Aono + 212 967 4899

mail@ippodogallery.com

* What is “ Love Stone Project”

Ippodo Gallery is working with the sculptor, Atsuya Tominaga, to spread his “Love Stone Project” throughout Japan and the world. In this project, where people come together to polish heart-shaped stones, we hope to use the universal language of art to encourage people – children and adults alike – to open up their hearts to one another on a fundamental, human level. We hope that through the act of polishing the stones one by one, participants will gain greater insight into the joy of life and living together – a perspective that will gradually help achieve love and peace in the world.

“ The act of polishing a stone is simple in the extreme – a rock gets swept down from the mountains in a river, its corners gradually wearing away until it becomes round. It is truly a natural process. The difference here is that we become the river current. My experience of having lived through two major earthquakes has taught me to stop opposing nature in my work as a sculptor. It also taught me that mankind should become a part of nature and that we are able to bring the world together through the warmth of our hands. “ – Atsuya Tominaga

Artist and girl

Dear Exclusive customer,

Announcing of the Exclusive Page

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Ikuro Yagi
” Seaside ”
2014
Japanese painting on old wooden door
H 24 x W 88 x D 11 cm
H 9 1/2 x W 34 1/2 x D 4 1/4 in

The Ippodo Gallery New York homepage has debuted a new section called the “Exclusive Page”. To those who have become exclusive members, we have created a page just for you. We will provide you with a login ID and password.

Not only will you have access to more information regarding various artworks, but as an exclusive member, we can recommend and show pieces of art specifically for you.

If you are interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In order to become an exclusive member, and furthermore, to ensure the confidentiality and security of information about our artworks, approval by Director of Ippodo New York, Shoko Aono, is required.

With our locations in both Tokyo and NY, we have close ties with contemporary Japanese art-craft artists. We seek out superb pieces by these artists, and continue to expand our diverse collection.

We strive to continue to provide you with the latest, up-to-date information about new pieces no matter where you are.