December 01, 2002

In March 2002, at the Dickinson Roundell gallery in New York, we held a successful exhibition of Japanese and Korean paintings and works of art. Its highlight was a number of spectacular No theater robes, part of a larger group of No costumes acquired earlier in Japan. These have proved to be very popular, and over the past year have aroused a great deal of interest among museums and institutions in the United States and Asia.In September, in association with London Gallery, Tokyo, we exhibited at the Biennale des Arts Asiatiques in Paris. Over 5,500 visitors attended, and we were delighted with the eager response. Currently we are preparing a spring 2003 exhibition in New York of ukiyo-e paintings from the Manno Art Museum, which was founded in Osaka in 1988 by Mr. Yasuaki Manno and has recently closed. Ukiyo-e is a special concern of mine, and I am happy to be able to report that these paintings are truly exceptional in their beauty and historical interest. To mark the occasion, a special hardbound catalogue was in the works. Another item of news was the recent formation of the Japanese Art Dealers Association by five New York dealers, ourselves among them, to promote high standards of scholarship and connoisseurship in the many fields of Japanese art, as well as to foster appreciation of the art itself. Our inaugural exhibition took place in San Francisco in March 2003, to coincide with the opening of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Among the artworks exhibited were ceramics, paintings, lacquer, and prints. For further information about our spring 2003 exhibitions, please visit the Exhibitions section of our Web site.

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