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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Contemporary Photography: Asian Perspectives at Laurence Miller Gallery

Contemporary Photography: Asian Perspectives at Laurence Miller Gallery

Image above: ©Magdalen Wong,Milk Collection, 2013, collage of milk splashes cut from cereal boxes / Courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery

As part of ASIA WEEK NEW YORK this exhibiton, in addition to regular gallery hours, will be on view 11-5 Sunday March 13th. Following that date normal gallery hours of Tue-Sat, 11-5:30 will resume for the duration of the show.

DoDo Jin Ming_Early Spring II 2000
DoDo Jin Ming_Early Spring II 2000
Image above: ©DoDo Jin Ming, Early Spring II, 2000, archival pigment print / Courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery

Laurence Miller Gallery, since 1984 a pioneer in presenting Asian photographers, announced its participation in ASIA WEEK NEW YORK, a city-wide event founded in 2009 to celebrate and promote Asian art. This will be the first time that a photography gallery has participated in this annual event. ASIA WEEK brings together art specialists, museums, auction houses, and galleries, with an itinerary of exhibitions and special events focused on Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art.

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Image above: ©Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Katsura Villa-The Old Shoin viewed from the North - East, 1982, ektacolor print / Courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery

Contemporary Photography Asian Perspectives features over 50 works from six decades by more than 20 Asian photographers.  The underlying theme of the exhibition is memory.  Miyako Ishiuchi’s recent large-scale color images of charred clothing from the aftermath of Hiroshima is juxtaposed with Shomei Tomatsu’s classic image of a watch frozen at 11:02 A.M., the exact moment of the atom bomb over Nagasaki.  China’s Cultural Revolution and the strict rule of conformity under Chairman Mao, exemplified by earlier propaganda photos from the Xinhua News Agency, were an inspiration for Tseng Kwong Chi’s self-portraits in his "Mao suit." Reagan Louie’s street portraits of stylish Shanghai residents in European-influenced dress further emphasize the recent rebellion against conformity, and the embrace of capitalism.

Shibata-Okawa,Tosa County, Kochi Prefecture 2007
Shibata-Okawa,Tosa County, Kochi Prefecture 2007
Image above: ©Toshio Shibata, Okawa Village, Tosa County, Kochi Prefecture 2007, Type-c print / Courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery

The revisiting of tradition through a modern lens is evident in Fan Ho’s cinematic interpretations of mid-century Hong Kong and in Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s modernist pictures of the 17th Century Japanese villa Katsura.

Yoko Ikeda_Nagano City, 2008
Yoko Ikeda_Nagano City, 2008
Image above: ©Yoko Ikeda, Nagano City, 2008, Type-C print / Courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery

Traditional reverence for the splendors of nature has been challenged by the highly abstract color landscapes of Toshio Shibata, which embrace man-made infrastructure in harmony with natural surroundings, as well as in Hiroshi Sugimoto’s view of a polar bear in the snow, actually taken within our city’s Museum of Natural History.

Toshio Shibata_Juocho Hitachi City Ibaraki Prefecture 2008
Toshio Shibata_Juocho Hitachi City Ibaraki Prefecture 2008
Image above: ©Toshio Shibata, Juocho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, 2008 / Courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery

Other photographers in the show include: Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Masahisa Fukase, Fan Ho, Daido Moriyama, Yoko Ikeda, Yoshihiko Itō, Byung-Hun Min, Dodo Jin Ming, Masumasa Morimura, Yuji Hamada, Kazuo Sumida, and Magdalen Wong.

Contemporary Photography: Asian Perspectives will be on view at Laurence Miller Gallery until April 30, 2016 at 20 W 57th st, New York, NY
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