Lowe Museum presentation of West Encounters East 3/16/11

Brian Dursum, director of Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, and Stella M. Holmes, founder of The Brickellian Inc. and Brickell Gallery Night, invite you to the presentation of West Encounters East
Wednesday, March 16, 8-10 p.m.
Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
UM’s Coral Gables campus.

The event will be presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Argentina in Miami.
Free and Open to the Public

The evening includes an informative speech by Joel Hollander, Ph.D., an art historian and full-time faculty member at the UM, focusing on reflections of Japanese art and culture in the imagery of contemporary Argentine artists, including Valeria Yamamoto, Ary Kaplan Nakamura, Guillermo Ueno, and Lucila Heinberg. This presentation will be followed by a reception and refreshments. The work of these artists will be shown in a special pavilion at arteamericas art fair, March 25 – 28, Miami Beach Convention Center).

Ms. Holmes said the focus of “West Encounters East” is to rethink the significance of cultural exchange and diversity in contemporary society by identifying emerging and mid-career Latin American artists of Asian heritage.

“It’s a natural evolution of Brickell Gallery Night’s mission to introduce emerging artists with Asian roots to the West,” Ms. Holmes said. “For me, the emphasis is the fusion of the two traditions. I think of it as Artists Without Borders – a beautiful way that we can learn from each other through a meaningful exchange of culture.”

“One of the primary considerations in ‘West Encounters East’ is to investigate how officially sponsored Japanese emigration programs to South America during the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century changed the ethnic and cultural heritage of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, as well as other countries in the region,” Dr. Hollander added. “The precedent for exploring how Western artists respond to Eastern art and culture can be traced back to the French Impressionists who helped to shape the genesis of modern art.”

Ary Kaplan Nakamura, Espejitos Japoneses (2009), Fotografía Digital Color, Toma Directa, 1/8 edition, 16 x 20 in., (USD 1,800)

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