Sato Sakura Gallery Presents “Summer Gems,” an Exhibition of Nihonga Paintings and Exceptional Mineral Specimens

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A gallery collaboration between Wilensky and Sato Sakura, the line between natural minerals and fine art merge to celebrate Japanese masterpieces in New York.

"Summer Gems" Exhibition

We are very honored to be part of a joint exhibition; a crossover concept of nature and art made for a natural and distinctive pairing. Aesthetic mineral specimens are displayed with Nihonga paintings, the same material with which the artists have created their pigments.

Art is inspired by nature, often elevated to greatness by its adaptation and heightened aesthetic. Nihonga creates from nature, using natural mineral pigments as the base for painting—part of a longstanding artistic tradition. Coming from a practice that is thousands of years old, with evidence remaining at sites such as Lascaux and Altamira, Nihonga embraces nature-derived color, transforming minerals onto materials such as washi (Japanese paper) and eginu (silk). “Summer Gems” juxtaposes paintings by Nihonga artists alongside many of the world’s finest mineral specimens, in conjunction with Wilensky. The resulting duality of minerals alongside paintings is a celebration of contrasting color, light, balance, and composition.

Stuart Wilensky, President at Wilensky says, “Wilensky Gallery solely displays nature's art, the finest examples of mineral specimens from around the world. It was serendipitous that we opened our gallery next door to the Sato Sakura Gallery, which exclusively displays the Japanese art of Nihonga painting. As our friendship developed, we both realized the connection between our natural mineral specimens and their Nihonga paintings. We are very honored to be part of a joint exhibition; a crossover concept of nature and art made for a natural and distinctive pairing. Aesthetic mineral specimens are displayed with Nihonga paintings, the same material with which the artists have created their pigments. This exhibit will show how the natural colors of mineral specimens link with the rich vibrant colors used by Nihonga artists. To be able to actually see a perfect electric blue Azurite crystal next to its visual representation and transformation to a compelling work of art is a unique experience, one that can only be had by a visit to this exhibit at the Sato Sakura Gallery.”

Although oils and acrylics eventually reigned in popularity and convenience, Nihonga has remained a steady, distinguished fine artistic expression in Japan throughout the centuries. A term and concept created in response to Western painting, beginning during the Meiji period, the word Nihonga itself refers to both traditional Japanese painting, and new styles that incorporate Western painting methods within Japanese traditions. The concept includes paintings on substrates like paper and silk, as well as coloring materials, such as mineral and soil pigments.

Gemstone-derived pigments pop with their electric, natural base, mesmerizing with vibrancy. Bespoke artworks echo the rarity of their mineral inception. The intertwined relationship of fine art and nature is explored, giving viewers a next-level view of natural components in the creative process.

Featuring fourteen masterpiece Nihonga paintings, and five mineral specimens, “Summer Gems,” runs from July 11th through September 28th, 2019, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at the Sato Sakura Gallery at 501 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011. The opening reception for “Summer Gems” will be held on July 11th, from 5:30-7:30 PM at Sato Sakura Gallery. For Nihonga inquiries or, for questions regarding the artists exhibited, use the gallery’s online contact form, call 212-741-2120, or visit https://www.satosakuragallery.com/. For fine mineral inquiries or sales, contact Wilensky directly at info@wilenskyminerals.com, 646-822-0837, or visit http://www.wilenskyminerals.com. For press inquiries, or questions regarding this release, contact Olga Gonzalez at Pietra PR at info@pietrapr.com, or 212-913-9761.

About Wilensky Fine Minerals
Wilensky Fine Minerals has entered a new chapter with the opening of a gallery in the Chelsea Art District of NYC, presenting fine minerals among the world’s great art galleries, displaying minerals as works of art. The new gallery opens up the amazing world of minerals to everyone. Minerals are displayed alongside neighbors exhibiting Warhol, Basquiat, Pollock and Picasso. Achieving the impact of art through natural mineral specimens is the goal. Not a competition, but a convergence.

About Sato Sakura Gallery
Sato Sakura Gallery New York aims to showcase the compelling beauty of contemporary Nihonga Japanese paintings to the people of the world through its establishment in New York—the world’s prominent capital of the arts.

The organization specializes in the acquisition, preservation, and commercial evaluation of Nihonga works from Japanese painters born after the start of the Showa era (1926). The gallery curates each exhibition to include post-war masterpiece works from their museum collection, alongside artwork from the greatest contemporary painters for future generations. In doing so, the gallery ensures guests are always able to experience the past, present, and the future of this rare and beautiful art form.

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