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Silent Auction: Music and Art at NYCoo gallery

Nobuko Miyazaki played softly during bidding and conversation

NYCoo gallery held an evening of music and fine art to accompany their silent auction on 19 March. There was a bustling mixture of artists and aficionados and I met/hassled a lot of interesting people. Again, I deplored my 日本語 deficiency and there were so many questions I wish I could have asked. じゃおない, as I believe they say in Osaka.

All forms were available for bidding, from large oil paintings to tiny sculptures. Among the teapots, lanterns, and ceramics, exquisite antiques mingled seamlessly with modern Japanese craftsmanship. My sister and I went on an imaginary shopping spree where we could casually outbid anyone for one-of-a-kind ceramic dishes or paintings of cigar-smoking rabbits (more on that in a moment).

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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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