From Another Perspective: the 150th Anniversary of US-Japan Relations


June 01 – July 30, 2004

Artists: Selected member by NIKA ASSOCIATION

Reception: Tuesday, June 29, 2004, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Ise Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce the first exhibition held by the Nika Association in New York. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of US-Japan relations by Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Nika Association is a prestigious art organization that represents contemporary Japanese artists abroad. The organization was originally founded in 1914, and it has continued to support artists and promote art through global exchange.

The exhibition is entitled “Nika Association: From Another Perspective”. The concept and theme is further elaborated upon by Mie Iwatsuki in “Nika Association: From Another Perspective¡É in the accompanying exhibition catalog. In her article, Iwatsuki provides critical insight into the role of the art organization in relation to Japanese society. She also reviews the current state of contemporary Japanese art world, relating it to issues that concern the definition of independence and individuality as well as the definition of values and identity. Iwatsuki examines the formation of identity, marketability, and the effect of such art organizations have had on cultural production in Japan.

At this time, the Nika Association has approximately one thousand members. Sixteen hundred artists have participated its juried exhibitions. The association holds an annual exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum that regularly draws sixty thousand visitors. In 1960, the organization had their first international event at the Musee National d’Art Moderne Paris and has organized and facilitated exchange exhibitions with artists from France, Mexico, Denmark, Bulgaria, Portugal, Thailand and the Netherlands through the cooperation of embassies, various museums, and other intermediaries.
The artwork of Yoshio Tsuruoka, Hiroki Oda, Toshio Yodoi, will be featured in this exhibition. The three artists are currently board members of the Nika Association and are also members of the Japan Art Academy, the highest honor in the field of Fine Arts in the country. In addition, works by one hundred fifty three other academic members will be on view.

*About forty selected works will also be exhibited at the Plaza Hotel in New York as a special event on June 27-29. After the New York exhibition, the show travels to Honolulu for a joint exhibition with Hawaiian artists. There it remains open from October 17 to 22.

Accompanied Text: Mie Iwatsuki “Nika Association: From Another Perspective”
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