Tawara Yusaku Paints Universe Is Flux

HOUSTON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Society Texas Center will host a major exhibition of the work of Tawara Yusaku (1932-2004), a Japanese artist whose evocative gestural paintings convey the world as unstable and constantly changing. Organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where it debuted, Universe Is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yusaku comprises 77 works, mostly ink on paper, and runs June 19 through September 15, 2013. It constitutes the first large-scale U.S. exhibition of the artist’s paintings.

Recognized in Japan as a connoisseur, collector, and proprietor of a famous folk art shop in Tokyo, Tawara returned to painting late in life. The exhibition features works created during the 1990s, following a decades-long hiatus from painting, and pieces created just before his death.

Tawara saw all existence as composed of vibrational energy made up of wavelike forms he called “hado.” Through the cumulative effect of many brushstrokes, he translated this vision of reality into work of intense visual impact apparent even in his smallest paintings.

“I can’t think of a better artist to deepen Houstonians’ understanding and appreciation of the beauty of East Asian ink painting,” says Hao Sheng, formerly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and now a curatorial consultant for The Texas Center.

For more exhibition information and related events, visit: http://zulucr.bz/YusakuFlux

Opening Programs: On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, a private members reception will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a public opening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The evening’s highlight will be a gallery performance at 7:30 PM by Mercury—The Orchestra Redefined, Antoine Plante, Artistic Director. The acclaimed orchestra has created a program of contemplative music on period instruments inspired by Tawara’s work and philosophy. The free event is open to the public.

Admission Information: Exhibition admission is free for Asia Society members, $5 for nonmembers.

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