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‘Summer Gems’

Masterpiece Nihonga paintings and world-class mineral specimens

On view: July. 11 - September 28, 2019
Location: 501 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July. 11 , 5:30pm - 7:30pm

In collaboration with our partners at Wilensky Minerals, Sato Sakura Gallery is proud to present ‘Summer Gems.’ For this curation,we bring together masterpiece Nihonga paintings - a refined artistic tradition from Japan famed for its use of natural mineral pigments - alongside world-class mineral specimens - themselves works of art and the base of the pigments used by Nihonga artists.  In doing so, we seek to explore the relationship of rare gems and the transcendent beauty they lend to Nihonga Japanese paintings.

The practice of painting using colours derived from natural sources began thousands of years ago. Evidence of this still remains at sites like Lascaux and Altamira, where early humans used materials collected from the world around them to paint depictions of animals, people, and life, on the walls of their primitive homes. Although the use natural materials remained the standard for centuries around the world, the availability of oil and acrylic paints has all but eradicated the use of mineral pigments from the artist’s repertoire.

In Japan however, the tradition of using natural mineral sources for pigment has continued uninterrupted for generations. This is in part due to the appreciation by Nihonga artists of the rare beauty that using precious stones can lend their motifs - studies on landscapes, flowering trees, and even figurative works - all evince a lustre, depth of colour, and dimensionality that has permanently cemented Nihonga within the upper echelons of the global artistic canon.

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.