Japan in Black and White


  • A joint exhibition of Japanese calligrapher Eritate Gyokuei and U.S. photographer Bryan Moore, entitled “Japan in Black and White,” will be held in The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club

    from December 5 through 7. We hope guests will come to appreciate the commonalities in the simplified monochromatic worlds of Eritate’s calligraphy works and Moore’s photography.

    Japanese kana consists of phonetic symbols adapted from Chinese characters, which gradually evolved into its own unique art form with complex aesthetic values. The calligraphy works will feature classical Japanese poetry from the “Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves” and Matsuo Basho’s famous haiku, with the size of one kana symbol varying from 5 mm to 50 cm, and page sizes from kojikishi (18 × 21 cm or smaller) to daigasen (45cm x 2.2 m) covering an entire wall. Guests will have the chance to appreciate a large array of compositions and rhythms created by Eritate’s calligraphy brush.

    Bryan’s photography will feature black-and-white scenes of a traditionally enriched modern-day Japan all shot with traditional silver gelatin film ­and printed on fiber-based paper. Both artists reduce the world down into simpler black-and-white terms to share their point of view of the world around them more clearly. We hope guests enjoy the collaboration between the hand-done Japanese calligraphy works and the traditional photographic image.

    During the period of the exhibition, free kana workshops will be held every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no participation fee. On December 7 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Eritate Gyokuei and Bryan Moore will hold a gallery talk, where they will discuss the similarities of artistic expression in calligraphy and photography.

    Exhibition period:December 5 through December 7, 2019 (Thursday through Saturday). (Photographs will be on display until December 11 at 12:00 p.m.)
    Place:The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
    145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019
    Open:10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.(weekdays)
    10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.(Saturday)
    Contact Info:Tel. (212) 581-2223 info@nipponclub.org

    ▼Eritate Gyokuei

    Kana-Shodo Calligrapher

    1942 Born in Osaka
    1965 Graduates from Nara University of Education, majoring in calligraphy

    Assumes the position of teacher of calligraphy in Kinrankai Academy

    2004 Leaves Kinrankai Academy
    1977 Becomes an apprentice of famous Japanese calligrapher Sugioka Kason (recipient of the Order of Culture, member of the Japan Art Academy, honorary professor of Osaka University of Education)
    1985 Artwork featured in Nihon Bijutsu Tenrankai (Japanese Art Exhibition) for the first time, featured for 35 consecutive years since
    Recipient of prizes in Yomiuri Calligraphy Exhibition, Zenkansai Comprehensive Art Exhibition and Nihon Shogeiin
    2002 Holds private exhibition of calligraphy works
    2011 Submits work to Neiraku Shoten (held in Takashimaya Department Store in Osaka)
    2018 Holds a class and demonstration at Warsaw University for students in the Japanology program
    Currently Member of Nihon Bijutsu Tenrankai, member of the board of directors of Yomiuri Calligraphy Association, lecturer at Takashimaya Tomo-no kai, vice-president of Rinchi-kai, president of Gyokkikai

    ▼Bryan Moore

    Parsons School of Design, BFA, Photography, 2004
    The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, AA, Photography, 2001

    Solo Exhibitions
    2009       Divani Photo Gallery – Art Prize, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    2006       The Grand Central Lounge
    2005       Gigantic Brand – “The Country Coast to Coast”

    Group Exhibitions
    2018       The Factory Gallery  – “Environmental Views”
    2017       Industry City Gallery – “Brooklyn Art Spring Event””
    2006       Centre Pompidou – “Fabrica: Les Yeux Ouverts”
    2005       Starving Artist Café
    2004       Aronson Galleries – “Annual Exhibition”
    2003       Photo District Gallery – “Visual Metaphors”
    2000       AIP Gallery – “Annual Juried Show”


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