Date : 28 October – 19 November, 2016
Opening reception : 28 October 6-8pm
Venue : hpgrp GALLERY NEWYORK
Address : 434 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK is pleased to announce “Tengai 3.0”, a group exhibition of Japanese artists from October 28th to November 19th, 2016. On view will be the works of seven young artists who embody the BASARA aesthetic movement founded by Hisashi Tenmyouya.
Hisashi Tenmyouya is known in Japan for his street art, which embodies samurai themes contrasted with Japanese minimalist concepts that embody zen or wabi-sabi (the Japanese aesthetic embracement of flaws) promoted by masters of the tea ceremony. In 2010 he coined the artistic concept BASARA which promotes distinctly Japanese forms of extroversion, innovation, and eccentricity, in contrast to the delicate features and genre conventions typical of “yayoi” styled Japanese culture. Controversial among academics and more conservative critics in Japan, BASARA envisions itself as a continuance of Japanese movements such as the heroic samurai characters of the Sengoju era, and eccentric Ukiyo-e painters of the Edo era, brought to contemporary art.
In 2014 Tenmyouya started the Tengai project which promotes and fosters the careers of contemporary artists who embody BASARA. This third Tengai project, Tengai 3.0 introduces introduce seven artists ranging from illustrators and painters to artists who defy conventional genres. They revive some elements of samurai paintings, Japanese ironic paintings, Bijin-ga, bird-and-flower paintings and the mechanical dolls of pre-modern era in Japan.