Spirit of Tea


May 16 – June 8, 2002

Curated by Midori Yamamura

Artist: Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

The exhibition entitled “Spirit of Tea” is an attempt to determine cultural space that emerged out of Western modernism but from a spatial conception exists outside the Western tradition. The exhibition is based on traditional Japanese aesthetic practice of Chado, or tea ceremony, which is now predominantly practiced by women in Japan. Chado is a cultural practice that weaves the spiritual and physical elements of everyday life in order to establish a new reality. The tea space derives its significance from conversation and pleasure over a bowl of tea. A host and guests observe the beautiful seasons unfolding every year while bring great joy to its practitioners. The intellectual exchange between the host and the guests helps to create the sprit of the epoch they live in. Spirit of Tea introduced two emerging Japanese artist, Yoshiaki Kaihotsu and Michiyoshi Isozaki, grantees respectively of the Pola Foundation and Asia Cultural Council, lived and worked in New York City for a year. Both artist create community-based communication art. Their works may be regarded as representative of a generation of Japanese artist, who came into the public view after 1990. In contrast to the 1980s’ formalistic tendency in Japanese art supported by the bubble economy, many artist started to doubt the commercial system of art represented by the Ginza rental gallery system, and ventured outside to examine different possibilities in the visual arts.

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