Japanese Art and Modern Living
Exhibition I: Dalva Brothers, Inc.
53 East 77th Street, New York, 10075
Exhibition Dates: March 9–18, 2017
Open House Weekend: March 11–12; Sat-Sun: 11am–5pm
Hours: Daily, 10am–6pm (otherwise by appointment)
Exhibition II: Onishi Gallery
521 West 26th Street, New York, 10001
Exhibition Dates: March 9-April 22, 2017
Hours: Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm (otherwise by appointment)


In celebration of Asia Week New York 2017 and its 11-year anniversary as a leader of Japanese arts in the international art market of New York City, Onishi Gallery is proud to present a unique new exhibition to Western audiences, “Japanese Art and Modern Living.” Returning to the Dalva Brothers gallery this year for this landmark show, Onishi Gallery demonstrates how contemporary Japanese kōgei arts can be incorporated into the classic 19th century European decorative arts and interior designs that Dalva Brothers displays. “Kōgei” refers to a class of artistic creations produced with advanced skill and refined aesthetics. Japanese artists develop kōgei in close association with the needs and conditions of everyday life in cities and prefectures throughout Japan, drawing upon local aesthetics and regional materials to reflect diverse social, cultural, and physical environments. The juxtaposition of these Japanese arts and a European-designed space highlights the beauty of merging Eastern and Western arts, cultures, and lifestyles. Visitors will step into a modern international setting decorated with Japanese art objects that illuminate the material histories of other cultures. They will have a special opportunity to immerse themselves, visually and physically, in spaces of cross-cultural imagination.

Impressively, this year’s exhibition features 27 artists who fall into two categories based on their creative media, ceramics or metalwork. Within this talented group, 10 of the artists have been designated “Living National Treasures” by the government of Japan for their contributions to the preservation and transmission of traditional Japanese artistic heritage. These artists include the esteemed Imaizumi Imaemon XIV, Isezaki Jun, Ito Sekisui V, Maeta Akihiro, Nakajima Hiroshi, Tokuda Yasokichi III, Yoshita Minori, Nakagawa Mamoru, Osumi Yukie, and Tamagawa Norio. Additionally, four of the 10 featured metalwork artists are female, offering innovative designs characterized by organic, curved techniques that expand the reach of traditional Japanese creative expression. These 27 artists introduce rare reinterpretations of Japanese traditional arts to the international art world, uniquely presented here in the context of Western interior design to bridge history with contemporary circumstance, function with fine aesthetics, creativity with custom, and Eastern with Western tradition.

This is the fifth year that Onishi Gallery is participating in Asia Week New York. For the duration of this Asia Week New York 2017, we will be conveniently located at our temporary Upper East Side location at 53 East 77th Street. We are also exhibiting featured works from Asia Week Exhibition and having Ito Sekisui V’s solo exhibition at our permanent gallery location at 521 West 26th Street from March 9th till April 1st.





March 9–April 22, 2017 (exhibition dates have been extended)
Exhibition Location: Onishi Gallery
521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tue–Sat, 11am–6pm



Onishi Gallery is very pleased to host the first solo exhibition in the United States for Ito Sekisui V, the 76-year old master Japanese ceramist. Ito’s artwork is recognized by world-class art institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and others, but as Ito’s first solo exhibition in the United States, this show marks a defining moment in his international career.

Ito Sekisui V is a 14th generation ceramic potter, recognized in 2003 by the government of Japan as a “Living National Treasure” for his work in mumyōi. Mumyōi is a reddish brown clay extracted from the gold mines native to Sado Island in Niigata prefecture, where Ito was born. Ito spent years experimenting with mumyōi to create his signature aesthetic—black on red. This unique material and visual aesthetic are highlighted by Ito’s mastery of neriage, a type of earthen ware characterized by delicate patterns created through the layering and patching together of different reddish brown-toned clays. To bring out the vibrancy of the red, Ito does not apply glaze, but rather, uses different flame streams inside a wood-fired kiln—a rare firing technique called yōhen. The areas on his pots that are touched directly by the flames create a black hue. As a result, Ito’s mumyōi ware are decorated with colorful floral, mosaic, striped, and gradated patterns that mimic painted pottery. Ito’s lifelong ceramic experience and his creative ingenuity within traditional methods of mumyōi production, single him out as a visionary ceramist and leading artist in Japan.

Ito Sekisui V has said that the artist’s creative calling is to “bring forth what has never existed, something new and attractive.” Through this landmark exhibition of his work, Ito brings forth his unmatched skill and unique talent to present new and stunning pieces of art. Ito has been the recipient of many prestigious awards in the past, including the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2005, and in 2011, the Order of the Rising Sun – Gold Rays with Rosette from the Emperor of Japan. With this solo American debut, we do not doubt he will continue to be honored for his contributions to the history and growing tradition of Japanese ceramic arts in the United States.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035 or 917-214-8108, or by email at nana@onishigallery.com. Or, please visit the gallery website at www.onishigallery.com.


Special Collaboration: The Nippon Club, Inc.; Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.; Otsubo Realty; Broadcasting System of Niigata, Inc.
Cooperation: Hokusetsu Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.; Nobu Restaurant Group