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Art Platform Tokyo is proud to present our New Year’s exhibition ‘MAI (DANCE)’to celebrate the arrival of the 2019 featuring Koji Kakinuma, calligrapher, Yuuki Sori and Kotaro Isobe, Nihonga artists (Japanese-style painters), in collaboration with MARUEIDO JAPAN.
Koji Kakinuma is the first living calligrapher ever to hold a solo exhibition at contemporary museum in the country. ‘Is calligraphy art? Am I an artist?’ - by taking on this perpetual quest, Kakinuma continues to push the boundaries of calligraphy, collaborating with contemporary artists and exhibiting works in museums and art fairs around the world. Along with Kakinuma, we invited Yuuki Sori, popular Nihonga artist known for his sophisticated color scheme and elegant composition, and Kotaro Isobe who had held his first solo exhibition in NYC. Sori portrays Japanese flowers of the four seasons and Isobe depicts the biotop in Japan.
In one section of this exhibition, the artists present works based on specific themes. Kakinuma, maestro of calligraphy, the art of ‘flow’ created in one go, was asked to express‘stillness.’ On the other hand, Sori and Isobe, both experts in Nihonga, the art known for portraying ‘stillness’ and ‘serenity,’ were asked to depict‘flow.’ Please visit and take a look at their works presented side by side on the first floor.
‘My brush sways in the air and dances on the paper’- Kakinuma once spoke of his creative process. We hope you enjoy the dance of brushstrokes by the three artists to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.