Contemporary Japanese Artworks Showroom in Chelsea

Since its opening in 2005, Onishi Gallery has been featuring ceramic, glass, metal, and calligraphic works by contemporary Japanese artists. Across these diverse media, the artists all share a particular trait: they embrace tradition in the creative process while ultimately shaping exquisite pieces in contemporary modes. On May 16th, 2014, Onishi Gallery opens a permanent Contemporary Japanese Artworks Showroom at its Chelsea location. This unique showroom, exhibiting contemporary Japanese arts and crafts, is the only one of its kind in Chelsea today.

For centuries, Japanese artists have sought to capture genuine beauty by weaving together current techniques, sensibilities, and attention to detail with materials inherited from historic roots. This process has created an ongoing tension between old and new as traditional standards intersect with new expressions of contemporary life. Changing forms, fresh colors, and original designs emerge from this struggle, never ceasing to fascinate the viewer.

“Heritage” showroom features the work and technique of artists across the generations. Pieces by father and child and by master and pupil are exhibited side by side to demonstrate how cultural heritage is passed down from one generation to the next. The viewer travels in time and becomes witness to an evolution of art, an inheritance in skill and talent, an undeniable familial bond and influence, as they experience each of the artist’s triumphs, which are at once unique and steeped in history.

Many Onishi Gallery artists are represented today in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Worcester Museum of Art. Onishi Gallery itself represents several of Japan’s “Living National Treasure” artists, designated by the Japanese government for the important roles they play in the Japanese art world as they pass on their historic legacies to younger generations, as well as to the global audience outside Japan.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at
nana@onishigallery.com / 212.695.8035.