Continuing their mission to expand the visibility of Asian artists in the United States, ASA is proud to present “Japanese Artists In New York”. Please join us to applaud the work of three outstanding artists Hibiki Kobayashi, Miho Takai & Yuko Ueno. Although differing in medium & composition, the works form a collective narrative, presenting a contemporary view of our world from a new perspective. Hibiki Kobayashi was born in Niigata Japan, currently lives in NYC. Kobayashi is a world-renowned photographer, celebrated for his influential work in documentary photography. In 1998 Kobayashi published the seminal work “Tribe” with Peter Beard and Fabian Baron. Published in Japanese, French & American, “Tribe” is the result of a monumental, decade-long journey documenting the fading indigenous tribes throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East & South America. Kobayashi’s work has been showcased in museums & galleries worldwide including the Louvre Museum in 1994. The ASA is honored to present Kobayashi’s “vivid, exquisitely rendered, and truly moving” (Harpers Bazaar) works at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York this July.
Miho Takai has lived in NYC for 12 years. Known for her exquisite depictions of urban life, Miho Takai takes her viewers straight to the heart of NYC. Depicting the bustling matrix of Manhattan, silver haired cafe patrons to punk-rockers, Hell’s Kitchen rooftops to the R-Train subway, the people and places of Takai’s urban vignettes are truly captivating. Takai has exhibited in the USA, Canada & Japan, she has received many awards including the National Arts Club & the Connecticut Pastel Society. Takai studied at the National Academy of Art & belongs to the International Sculpture Center amongst other New York art associations.
Yuko Ueno was born in Japan, since arriving in NYC in 1997 Yuko Ueno has established herself as an esteemed installation artist. Her installation “The Magical Butterfly Project” consists of dozens of uniquely crafted mixed-media butterflies ranging in size from a few inches to over a foot in width. With intricate designs and vivid color patterns the artist references her love of jazz with their visual rhythm, seeming to change at every glance. Music is central to Ueno’s every creative process – Afro Cuban, Mabo, Latin and New Orleans jazz are amongst her artist influences. The recipient of many awards including the National Sculpture Society, Art Kudos International & the National Academy. The artist has exhibited widely and been featured in a number of local and Japanese publications. ABOUT THE ASIAN SOCIETY OF ARTS The Asian Society of Arts is a 501© not for profit arts organization dedicated to facilitating international cultural exchange. The mission of the ASA is to promote the visibility of the creative arts in the United States, whilst fostering dialogue and creative opportunities on an international platform. http://asanyc.org/