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Sato Sakura Gallery

501 W 20th Street, New York
212-741-2120
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Ryo Date and the Collection of Sato Sakura Museum
Apr 05-Jun 23
We are pleased to present this exhibition featuring the work of Nihonga artist Ryo Date, renowned for her emotionally moving renderings of the mountains, sea, and countryside of Japan’s landscape. Ryo Date was born in 1962 in the Shouzu district of Kagawa prefecture. After completing her graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1987, she exhibited her work in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions. In 1989, as part of the restoration of Nara prefecture’s Yakushiji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, she was responsible for reviving the color of two Deva King figures. Her work at the 1993 group exhibition Yuga no Kai was acquired by the Ministry of Justice. Known for her landscape paintings, Date depicts a range of subjects including her hometown, villages or towns for which she has a close affinity, plants that color the four seasons, animals, and more. Each of her works is rendered with a sense of nostalgia and intimacy, bringing a tranquility to the heart of the viewer. She is especially recognized for her sensibility with water and light. In recent years, she has broadened her vision beyond Japan, creating landscapes that portray the sakura trees of Washington D.C. We can continue to look forward to her work as an artist in the years to come. In this exhibition, we have included Ryo Date’s contemporary Nihonga landscape paintings in combination with a selection of pieces from the Sato Sakura Museum’s collection. In the midst of New York’s sakura season, please enjoy the beauty of contemporary Nihonga.


Artist Talk - Chinami Nakajima
Jun 23-Jun 23
June 23rd 3p.m Join us for this unique opportunity to hear an Artist Talk by one of the most celebrated Nihonga artists, Chinami Nakajima. Chinami Nakajima was born in Obuse in Nagano Prefecture. He is the third son of Kiyoshi Nakajima, who was also a Nihonga painter. During Nakajimas student years, he aimed to create a new style of Nihonga, breaking free from the existing traditional Nihonga style. His doubt and anger about the society later inspired him to create the series, Portrait. This became his life work. His subject matter is vast, however, he is well known for his depictions of fresh flowers, such as cherry blossoms and peonies. His motto, more real than real, is evident in his painted flowers, blooming proudly alive in the frame. In recent years, he completed curtains installed at the Shin Kabuki-Za Theater with the theme Spring and Autumn. He also created paintings on sliding screen doors in Sakura room at Koyasan Kongobu-ji. He was a professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts for 19 years and is currently a professor emeritus at the university. Enjoy his unique perspective on the art of Nihonga, and view one of his masterpieces, a four-panel folding screen, titled “Spring Night, a Weeping Cherry Tree in Miharu” exhibited at Sato Sakura Gallery. Space is limited and RSVP is recommended.