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Maasayuki Nagare
Sculpture: New to Amrica
January 23 - March 3, 2007

Jason McCoy Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of sculptures by Masayuki Nagare. The works presented in this installation date from the 1960s to the present and all are new to our American audience.

Born in 1923 in Nagasaki, Japan, Masayuki Nagare is one of the most accomplished stone carvers of his generation. His visual vocabulary is deeply rooted in Japanese craft traditions. He spent his formative years studying Shinto, Zen Buddhism and martial arts. In the early 1940s, he apprenticed with a master sword maker. As a teenager, he lived in several temples in Kyoto where he studied the patterns of rocks, plants and water created by traditional landscape artists. In the despair of postwar Japan, Nagare traveled the Japanese countryside until the mid-1950s, developing a thorough understanding of his nation’s landscape. Over the years, he has designed various Japanese landscape gardens, such as at the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, Germany, in which his sculptures serve as spiritual and formal focal points. Additionally, his work graces the formal grounds of the I.M. Pei designed Miho Museum. This past year was of special note with the installation of his tallest sculptural form to date entitled Bachi, a Corten steel and granite work measuring over twenty feet high (acquired by the Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, MO).

Nagare’s introduction to stone as a creative medium was through the carving of Jizo, a Buddhist guardian deity of children. Using nature’s various forms as inspiration, Nagare often employs two carving styles to create contrasts within the unity of a work. His signature techniques are known as warehada (literally meaning "cracked skin"), in which the finished surface is left rough and streaked with chisel marks; and shinogi awase, in which two finely polished surfaces meet. Furthermore, the usually crisp lines that define Nagare’s sculptures are ultimately abstracted from subtle sword curves called sori, providing each work with a strong sense of elegance.

Masayuki Nagare has exhibited internationally for over five decades. His works are in numerous acclaimed private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Cleveland Museum of Art; St. Louis Museum; Nassau County Museum of Art; Princeton University and The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC. Nagare's major New York public commissions include the World Trade Center (Cloud Fortress, 1975, now destroyed) and the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center (Sound of Silence, 1973). He lives and works on the Aji peninsula of Shikoku Island, Japan.

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