Frederick Harris GalleryThe former Genkan Gallery was renamed in December 2010 to honor the late Dr Frederick Harris, a former Club president, longtime chair of the Genkan Gallery Committee, renowned artist and cultural ambassador whose profound contributions to the Club and the grander art world over the decades were plentiful.
The Frederick Harris Gallery houses a changing selection of fine artwork from local and internationally renowned artists. Exhibitions feature a new artist every month, with works ranging from oil paintings and traditional Japanese woodblock prints to ceramics and sculptures.
Much of the displayed artwork is available for purchase through the Member Services Desk. Sales of works begin at 6 pm on the first day of the exhibition.
Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork can complete an application at the Member Services Desk. Showcased artists are selected by the Frederick Harris Gallery Committee.
CWAJ Associate Show
September 29–October 19
From Vincent van Gogh’s still-life baskets of fruit to Andy Warhol’s Campbell soup cans, artists throughout history have put food at the center of their works.
Ahead of the annual CWAJ Print Show at the Club next month, the College Women’s Association of Japan’s Associate Show, titled “From the Palate to the Palette,” highlights the artwork of five printmakers living in Japan who have made food the subject of their work.
Ayumi Anzai chose peanuts as an avatar for warring humans in her lithographs, which reveal great humor and poignancy.
Sohee Kim’s prints of people in Spam elevators and capsule hotel sandwiches, meanwhile, are a playful commentary on contemporary life and our relationship with food.
Cutting-edge lithographer Yukie Kishi creates colorful vignettes of delicate coffee cups and mouthwatering desserts, but he also forms bold graphic monuments from ramen containers and glass goblets.
In Osaka native Shoji Miyamoto’s water-based woodblock prints, sushi are transformed into a structure reminiscent of a shrine’s torii gate or depicted amid floating rice in a snow globe-like setting.
“The focus of my work is foods, such as sushi and fruit,” he says. “We eat them without paying much attention to the colors or shapes, which, in fact, are very interesting when you observe them carefully.”
In the same way, Noriko Nene draws seemingly straightforward depictions of classic Japanese food, but, on closer viewing, the teapots are magically levitating and the chopsticks are being wielded by invisible hands.
All these artists remind us that when we celebrate food, we celebrate life.