October 01, 2007

In spring 2007, we announced our association with the following two exhibitions of Japanese art:

During New York's Asia Week, Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art hosted Scrolls of Faith: Japanese Religious Art from the Tenth to the Fourteenth Centuries in our 76th Street gallery. Organized by the specialist dealer Mitsuru Tajima of London Gallery, Tokyo, the exhibition featured Japanese Buddhist and Shinto paintings, sutras, sculpture and textiles from the Heian through Kamakura periods. Of particular note was a section of the Illustrated Biography of Priest Honen (Shuikotokuden emaki) dating from the 14th century and a magnificent pair of carved wood Guardian Kings from the Heian period. For additional information, please visit the Exhibitions section of our website. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.

A highly important collection of paintings and lacquerware by the 19th century artist Shibata Zeshin was on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Entitled The Genius of Shibata Zeshin: Japanese Masterworks from the Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, the exhibition ran through May 6, 2007 before traveling to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Japan Society, New York. Comprising various storage boxes, inro, trays, and paintings, the show was the first to explore Zeshin's technical and artistic virtuosity in the lacquer medium. It was accompanied by a scholarly catalogue authored by Sebastian Izzard, who acted as advisor to the Edsons as they formed their collection.

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