Hisao Hanafusa, a contemporary artist and a superb craftsman of traditional Japanese carpentry, and Yoshitsugu Nagano, a tea master, will be in conversation.
Join us at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art for a lecture on historic tea houses in Japan and a conversation with artist Hisao Hanafusa who designed and built the Globus Chashitsu in Union Square, New York.
On the occasion of contemporary Japanese-American artist Hisao Hanafusa’s solo exhibition Borrowing Nature’s Powerat Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Chanoyu Week NYC collaborates with the gallery to present a lecture on historic tea houses in Japan and a conversation with Hanafusa on his artistic practices and the design and building of Globus Chashitsu.
Advance registration is required if you wish to attend.
Hisao Hanafusa (b. 1937) was born in Miyakonojō, a city at the southernmost tip of Japan. After graduating from the Kyoto University of Fine Arts, he moved to New York City in 1963, where he became an active participant in the postwar art scene. Most notably, his work was featured in four group exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in the 70s and 80s. Hanafusa is both an innovative contemporary artist and a superb craftsman of traditional Japanese carpentry. His work combines influences from contemporary Western culture with classical Eastern philosophy, which provides a unique perspective for the understanding of postwar American art.
Japanese Tea Ritual Master / Professor of the Ueda Soko school
Yoshitsugu Nagano is the youngest person to be certified in the highest rank of the Ueda Soko school of samurai tea ceremony (USRJWT), which has been practiced in Hiroshima for 400 years and serves as a regular professor of the school.
In 2019, he relocated to New York City, where he energetically promotes the spirituality and aesthetics of the Japanese tea ritual, rooted in Zen, through tea rituals and classes.
Also, he has been working and establishing new styles as modern tea ceremony that incorporates new expressions into the traditional tea ritual to create new ways of engaging tea ritual.