CHA-NO-YU - Shigeru Uchida and seven artists―
March 12, 2008 - April 05, 2008
Reception March 12, 6-8pm
Ippodo comes to us as a platform for exhibiting works by leading figures in contemporary Japanese craftwork. The works honor a tradition rooted in Japan’s verdantly sylvan landscape. And they transplant that tradition marvelously into contemporary lifestyles. This inaugural Ippodo exhibition in New York is a gratifying opportunity for me to present three different cha-no-yu formats—including one for people more comfortable seated in chairs.
Cha-no-yu (tea ceremony) is an occasion for arraying the finest beauty of a full range of Japanese craftwork. Host and guests enjoy a dialogue of word and spirit in the quiet setting. Shaping the moment is the graciously unimposing hospitality of the host, including careful attention to the tea, to the tea implements, to the flowers and incense and other crucial elements that define the mood, and of course to each guest.
The participants partake of confectionery, as well as drinking matcha tea, prepared in differing richness. They handle diverse utensils and other items, which are famously exquisite works of different kinds of artisanship. Gracing this exhibition are works for cha-no-yu by seven distinguished artists. Be sure to take this opportunity to examine their remarkable creations and to venture into the enchanting world of cha-no-yu.