Tanabe Chikuunsai IV
July 26, 2019–August 24, 2019
July 26-August 24
Artist Reception: Friday, July 26, 5-7pm
In the world of Asian Art, it’s hard to miss Tanabe Chikuunsai IV. From his site-specific installations at the Museé Guimet in Paris and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to his recent solo shows in Paris and Japan, Tanabe must be one of the most visible bamboo artists around.
TAI Modern is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, in which the artist will create a site-specific installation within the gallery’s walls. His signature style results in enormous structures that seem to emerge from and meld into floors, ceilings, and walls, while his free-standing sculptures are organic and abstract in nature, resembling moving, living beings.
Being exposed to bamboo since his childhood, Tanabe aspired to work with nature and bamboo. Tanabe was born to one of Japan’s most prestigious bamboo pedigrees. Like his father, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, he attended art school and earned a degree in sculpture. Tanabe continues to keep his family’s heritage alive by mastering the traditional basket forms and techniques that the Tanabe family is known for, while also establishing his own career as a sculptor known for organic abstract forms and room-size installations constructed from tiger bamboo.
The artist has received many accolades, including the Enku Prize from the Gifu Museum of Arts in 2013 and Best of Show at the 44th Japanese Traditional Craft Arts Kinki Exhibition in 2015. He is also active outside Japan, exhibiting in the US, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. His work is in the collections of the British Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Savannah College of Art and Design, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Museé Guimet, and and Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The opening is Friday, June 28, from 5-7pm. TAI Modern is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information and image requests, contact the gallery at (505) 984-1387 or email@example.com. TAI Modern is able to provide translation services to the press for questions or written communication with the artist.