千住博是首位於威尼斯雙年展中獲得特別榮譽獎的亞洲藝術家(1995年)，展覽遍及世界各地，包括倫敦當代藝術博物館1996年的Beauty Project、紐約日本文化協會2002年由Alexandra Munroe策展的The New Way of Tea展覽、Paintings on Fusuma2003年於東京國立博物館展出屏風畫，及2015年由Sundaram Tagore籌辦的威尼斯國際藝術雙年展官方延伸展覽Frontiers Reimagined。2017年，他獲日本外務省授予外務大臣表彰，表揚其作品對日本藝術的重要貢獻。同年，他獲野口勇博物館選為年度野口勇獎得主。
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Sundaram Tagore had his first taste of the Venice Biennale as a graduate student, when a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Culture landed him in the city to study museology at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Now, 26 years on, with eponymous galleries in New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Tagore has returned to mount his own exhibition to run alongside the 56th Venice Biennale.
Fans of the Fendi baguette will remember a series of one-off pieces created by various artists. One such bag by New York based Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju depicts a waterfall on the back, and is also the carrier of an environmental message.
When asked about the motif that has occupied him for nearly 25 years—waterfalls—the celebrated Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju once explained: "I wanted to paint something that will not be old-fashioned after 1,000 years, a timeless landscape.”
「當我們大為謙卑的時候，便是我們最接近偉大的時候。（We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility）」這是曾獲諾貝爾文學獎的印度大文豪泰戈爾（Rabindranath Tagore）讓人耳熟能詳的名句。他周遊列國，與徐悲鴻、譚雲山為友，對促進東西文化最落力，描寫也最為細膩，甚至影響中國一代詩風。個半世紀後，泰戈爾對文化融通的深層視野仍然像基因遺傳在第五代子孫 Sundaram Tagore 的血液裏。「當我曾曾祖父拿到諾貝爾文學獎後，把獎金都捐到大學去，他深信人道主義（humanity）而非民族主義（nationalism）會令世界變好。我也深受影響，藝術不是商品也不只講求美輪美奐，最重要是有沒有達到歷史解碼的功能。」Sundaram Tagore這印度大文豪之後如是說。他更侃侃而談「文化衝擊」作為自己收藏和經營事業的單一準則與品味。
Acclaimed Japanese artist, Hiroshi Senju's solo show in Sundaram Tagore Gallery awards the viewer a glimpse of serenity and an inkling of the passage of time as planet earth measures it rather than in fleeting human terms.
Over at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which has branches in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore, a pair of waterfall paintings by Japanese master Hiroshi Senju went home with an American collector based in Singapore.
The exquisite works in Hiroshi Senju’s series “Cliffs,” 2012—eleven mixed-media paintings, one triptych, all on mulberry paper mounted on board—appear to illustrate Lao-tzu’s idea of Tao as a sort of universal flow or elemental flux informing all things.
Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju is best known for the serenity of his large-scale waterfall paintings that he has made since 1990. His recent cliff paintings that he has developed since 2007 articulate both artistic and metaphysical tension.
The design of the Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa is a collaborative effort between Ryue Nishizawa and the Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju, whose paintings from 1978 to the present day are on display at the new museum.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery has supported Fine Art Asia since the fair started in 2006. It has branches in Hong Kong, New York and Beverley Hills. The gallery specialises in artwork that interweaves the modern, the cultural and the abstract.
One of the early arrivals, back in 2007, was Sundaram Tagore, a gallerist with outposts in New York and Beverly Hills who focuses on the intersection of Western and non-Western art and shows pieces that further a global dialogue.
At the time, Mr. Tagore was one of the first international gallery owners to open a space in the city. Since then several foreign galleries have followed, including Gagosian Gallery and Ben Brown Fine Arts. “Hong Kong has become an important artistic center,” said Mr. Tagore. “There is an audience here that has a voracious appetite for art.”
Sundaram Tagore Gallery will present a group exhibition, "Facing East’, of works that transcend cultural boundaries while reflecting Eastern elements. The show represents artists of Korean, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Uzbeki-Israeli origins. These works define an aesthetic language of East-West dialogue, featuring artists Kim Joon, Nathan Slate Joseph, Sohan Qadri, Hiroshi Senju, Robert Yasuda, Nhat Tran, Amina Ahmed, and Taylor Kuffner. Through their works, these artists struggle to create a sense of beauty that is universal through a wide range of mediums.
For his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong, California-based American painter Lee Waisler presents a series of moving portraits of historical and contemporary figures. Having practiced abstraction for decades, Waisler returned to figuration full-force six years ago, making what he calls "dimensional portraits," combining strips of wood and blocks of color to create nuanced faces and figures.
"Sundaram Tagore Gallery opened its doors in 2000 with a mission to foster the exchange of ideas between different cultures. With three locations in New York, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, the stable of transnational artists straddles the terrain of east and west. The artists fail from such countries as India, Japan, Korea, , Uzbekistan, Mexico, Europe and America. The galleries have become known for cultural activities and collaborative events across the world."
"It would be no exaggeration to call the works of Hiroshi Senju 'out of this world.' In his first solo show in Hong Kong at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, the celebrated Japanese artist reveals a new dimension to his inner vision. Transcendence flows through his sublime waterfalls and fills the landscape of canyons and cliffs, in a series of new works that are unveiled especially for the local audience."
"The Art section of Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair 2009 will feature exceptional works by celebrated artists in a diversity of artistic styles and media. Sundaram Tagore Gallery of New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong will show work that encourages a dialogue between the East and West. Featured artists include Hiroshi Senju(Japan), Sohan Qadri (India) and Kim Joon (Korea) along with Susan Weil (USA), Natvar Bhavsar (India)."
"If one encounters Hiroshi Senju's work in the Tokyo International Airport hanging high from the ceiling or under the atmospheric lighting of the Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel, one will surely be moved by their power."
"Aside from exhibiting a wide variety of antiques, the Hong Kong International Art and Antiques fair has also invited contemporary artists to display their latest works. A specially presented work in the fair is Day Falls Night Falls VI by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju who was the first Asian artist to receive an individual award in the Venice Biennale. His painting style is a blend of traditional Japanese painting style and contemporary aesthetics."
"Aesthetically, when the East meets West seamlessly, the results can be staggering. Such is the case for Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju whose waterfall paintings have been renowned for years. In 1995, he became the first Asian artist to receive an individual award at the Venice Biennale, propelling him to become one of Japan's most celebrated artists."
"Humans need to commune with the elements of nature and art at its best can provide such an experience of communion. Artists often reflect on nature and transform it into intensely condensed metaphors, poems, and songs.Through his sublime paintings, Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju has contemplated multiple facets of water, especially its fundamental power, for almost twenty years [...]n essence, he transforms solid materials from the earth to create images of elusive aquatic torrents."
And Finally, after being interested in the sky, I discovered the waterfall. I felt something clicking as if I recognized some kind of DNA that I had in me, like a past memory. I find that a lot of people whether they are Europeans, Americans or Japanese have similar feelings towards waterfalls. I find that these emotions go beyond the boundaries East/West, or old/new. Once I understood what art was all about and that art should go beyond people's boundaries, it was very important for me to further explore that path.
The contemporary-art market may be down, but it is definitely not out. In fact, these unKoonsian times, like many downturns before, allow artists and dealers to be more creative, and collectors to focus on the fundamentals […] Sundaram Tagore, a grandnephew of Indian poet Rabindranath and a dealer with galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong says good art works by key artists—especially in the $500,000 and over range—have been moving.
Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.
"I started painting by brush," Senju says. "It didn't really work the way I wanted it to, It was more like the Hudson River School or the work of 19th-Century European artists, which was not what I wanted to do. The more I painted the more I felt to the two most important elements on the earth - gravity and water. And I thought: why don't I try to use gravity, to pour down the paint from the top?"
"...Less-colour-saturated but no less intuitive are the pieces by Natvar Bhavsar, who sprinkles pigment delicately on his canvases in an echo of Jackson Pollock, although the works' understated quality reflects a gentle Asian sensibility that's the opposite of the American painter's frenetic, ego-driven style..."
"...Senju creates, from the most simple of low-tech means, cinematic spectacles that appear to be in motion. They are startlingly beautiful works - perhaps too beautiful, since we tend to be wary of beauty - and raise the question of optical trickery, although the trickery is completely transparent..."
"Art, globalization and inter-cultural dialogue are themes dear to Tagore. The latter populates his conversation and is reflected in the work he shows. Recent exhibits at his Chelsea gallery have included the metalwork of an Israeli-American, Nathan Slate Joseph; the lush, Scandinavian-influenced paintings by the Indian artist Sohan Qadri; and the ethereal waterfalls of Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju. Tagore's gallery statemnt, afterall, is to develop exhibitions and host events that "engage in spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues with traditions other than our own."..."
"Hong Kong's ambition to be Asia's art hub received another boost with the recent arrival of three top galleries: Gagosian, Sundaram Tagore and Tang Contemporary. Sundaram Tagore opened on the city's gallery street, Hollywood Road, on May 9."
"...With two other locations in New York and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Sundaram Tagore Gallery represents some of the most well known contemporary artists, such as Hiroshi Senju and Judith Murray..."
"Tagore explains how his passion for art has enabled him to dissolve differences in cultures and bring them together in a unique and creative way, denoting that art can transcend all culture and social standings."
"Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said, "All these artists have spent their lives working in and exploring different Eastern and Western cultures - including India, China, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Holland and America. Together they create an incredible mosaic and foster an intercultural dialogue that reflects a diversity of thought and artistic style."
"These 'philosophical discussions' are fundamental to Tagore's vision for his galleries, or 'cultural spaces' as he prefers to call them. Unlike galleries that buy and sell art solely as a monetary transaction, Tagore has a mission to create a global community of artists and foster a dialogue between Western and non-Western cultures."
"Among the returning dealers is New York's Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which is bringing a selection of richly hued abstractions, priced between $25,000 and $250,000, by the likes of Natavar Bhavsar and Hiroshi Senju, who were born in Gujurat, India, and Tokyo, respectively."
"Senju says . . . artists can be recognized as worldwide ones only when their works have been publicly recognized as those which have a clear-cut philosophy and vision toward world peace and environmental conservation."
"Coming to the 21st century, we bade farewell to contemporary art of the 20th century . . . realizing that only art works which are recorded in history can lend us encouragement, vitality and healing."