Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus at Asia Society, January 27 – April 26, 2015

“The screens feature nameless field grasses depicted with such grace, elegance, and care that it makes one honor even these most mundane of plants. Just as the artist of the screens did, I would like to revisit a commonplace everyday scene from today’s Japan, and just as the screens embody a smooth flow from one season to the next, I hope to capture, in my work, the graceful transition of a Japanese landscape from the past to the present.” — Takahiro Iwasaki.

21. Screen full

Flowers and Grasses of the Four Seasons. Japan; Edo period, ca. 1620-1650. Pair of six-panel folding screens; color and ink on gold leaf on paper. Each 63 x 143 in. (160.0 x 363.2 cm). Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Acquisitions Fund, 1985. Photo by Corrado Serra

1.Iwasaki full cropped

Takahiro Iwasaki (b. 1975; Hiroshima, Japan). In Focus installation. Out of Disorder (Folding Scenery), 2015. Six Plexiglas boxes. Acrylic, aluminum, kimonos. Photo by Corrado Serra

6. Iwasaki & Screen

4. Iwasaki & Screen

19. Screen, kimonos & towers detail

18. Screen, kimonos & towers detail



20. Close up detail

15. Towers & kimonos detail


2. Iwasaki Partial

10. Red wheel detail

12. Black & white cranes detail


14. Towers detail


Photographs by Corrado Serra