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Toshiko Tochihara exhibition at NYCoo Gallery

My first venture into the Japanese culture scene here in New York was an incredibly fortuitous one.

NYCoo gallery began in 2000 as a web gallery, and then as a physical space in Midtown Manhattan in 2004. I learned at the premier that the gallery’s work has surprised even long-time visitors, critically selecting artists and generating an incredibly diverse exhibition history (see their online gallery).

Their most recent location is Chelsea, in an elegant space arranged ideally for viewing work. Even during the bustling premier, everyone could talk and move comfortably. This was of major benefit in their current exhibition – Toshiko Tochihara – as the scale of each work was a major factor in how the audience related to them. In fact, there was so much anima within the deceptively raw paintings that I have to jump straight into my impressions as they occurred during my viewing.

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NYCoo gallery / Kinokuniya bookstore

I had an unexpectedly brilliant Friday, with a gallery exhibition and premier, plus my first visit to otaku-haven in NYC, Kinokuniya.

My review of Toshiko Tochihara‘s beautiful exhibition at the chic NYCoo Gallery is just waiting for the film to be processed and the pictures – hopefully – ready to give a sense of the atmosphere. The work on display caught my imagination so much and the atmosphere was so welcoming that the experience deserves a higher quality post than my usual. So, to be continued…

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Japan Exhibition at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History

On one of the coldest days this winter in NYC, my husband and I crossed an icy Central Park to visit the Natural History Museum (yes, the one where Ben Stiller worked). We both share a fanaticism for museums, and ended up staying for 5 and a half hours with only a 15 minute break for lunch in the cafe. We missed some reptiles on Floor 3, but covered most of the exhibits. The walk back was bitterly cold and exhausting (we forgot about the 79th street bus and had to basically double our journey) but well worth it.

The Hall of Asian Peoples especially got my attention of course, and I snapped more pictures of the Japanese artefacts than the Japanese tourists. Well, seemed like it. Here is a little selection of my favourite pieces. The lighting in most of the museum is almost pitch black, so I had to use my digi cam on pretty grainy settings. Click them for larger sizes – apologies ahead of time for the quality, but I had to share.

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