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Contemporary Photography Asian Perspectives

Asia Week New York

March 10 – April 30, 2016

Toshio Shibata Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, 2013
Toshio Shibata  Juocho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, 2008
Ishiuchi Miyako  Untitled, 2007
Yasuhiro Ishimoto  Katsura Villa 1982
Yoko Ikeda Kanichi, 2011
Toshio Shibata Okawa Village, Tosa County, Kochi Prefecture 2007
Shomei Tomatsu Time Stopped at 11;02 AM, 1961
Daidō Moriyama School Girl
Masahisa Fukase Sakotan Peninsula, 1977
DoDo Jin Ming Burnt Water Melting VI 2003
Kary Ka-che Kwok Self-Portrait
Jun Morinaga Sea, on the Waves, 1975
Kazuo Sumida Notes from the the Underground
Hiroshi Sugimoto  Polar Bear, 1976
Yasumasa Morimura Comedian (Dance 2), 2005 unique Polaroid print
DoDo Jin Ming Untitled (Blossoms)
Xinhua News Agency Archive, Beijing
Xinhua News Agency Archive, Beijing
Tseng Kwong Chi
Tseng Kkong Chi Lake Ninevah, Vermont, 1986
Reagan Louie Shanghai, China, 1987
Magdalen Wong  Love Arrangement  2013
Magdalen Wong  Condolence Arrangement
Magdalen Wong Milk Collection, 2010 collage
Yoshihiko Ito silver gelatin print
Min Byung Hun  Deep Fog Series
Yuji Hamada C/M/Y Waterfall , 2014
Sendai Sashin Kai Collective Japan 1920

Press Release

Laurence Miller Gallery, since 1984 a pioneer in presenting Asian photographers, is pleased to announce 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.