Toriawase

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Feb. 22 - May. 17, 2014
Focus Gallery

Opening Reception:
March 14, 2014
6pm-8pm

Talking Art
April 3: In Conversation with the Curators
6:30pm socializing
7pm-9pm
$5 Members, $10 Non-Members
Pay at the door

In the News
San Francisco Chronicle
Droste Effect

Press Release (PDF)

This group exhibition, co-curated by Misako Mitsui, juxtaposes traditional and historical Japanese art and objects with selected contemporary Western artwork.

Toriawase loosely means to select and combine elements of beauty and to enjoy the harmony that results from their coming together. This concept, which is central to the Japanese tea ceremony, informs the approach to this group exhibition. This presentation will juxtapose traditional and historical Japanese art and objects including ancient scrolls, lacquer works and Japanese tea ceremony utensils with selected Western artwork from contemporary artists Jaap Bongers, Tim Craighead, Jay DeFeo, Marc D’Estout, Bean Finneran, and Joel Shapiro, among others. Western artists whose works are on view in Toriawase have not been directly influenced or inspired by a Japanese aesthetic. Rather, they share a similar aesthetic across time and across continents. This exhibition co-curated by the ICA and Misako Mitsui, an internationally recognized curator and educator of Japanese art.

Toriawase is generously supported in part by Applied Materials and the ICA Director’s Circle.





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