Washi Transformed presents over thirty-five highly textured two-dimensional works, expressive sculptures, and dramatic installations that explore the astonishing potential of this traditional medium. In this exhibition, nine Japanese artists embrace the seemingly infinite possibilities of washi, underscoring the unique stature this ancient art form has earned in the realm of international contemporary art. The breathtaking creativity of these artistic visionaries deepens our understanding of how the past informs the present, and how it can build lasting cultural bridges out of something as seemingly simple and ephemeral as paper.
Washi Transformed features work by nine contemporary Japanese artists: Hina Aoyama, Eriko Horiki, Kyoko Ibe, Yoshio Ikezaki, Kakuko Ishii, Yuko Kimura, Yuko Nishimura, Takaaki Tanaka, and Ayomi Yoshida.
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Number of Works: 37 works and installations
Approximate size: 2,000 – 5,000 square feet, installation can be customized to fit gallery space
Shipping: IA&A makes all arrangements; exhibitors pay outgoing shipping costs within the contiguous U.S.
Booking Period: 12 weeks
“These nine contemporary Japanese artists are revisiting their nation’s traditional material and elevating it into a medium for expressive and often spectacular works of art.”
— Meher McArthur, Curator
Past and Future Venues
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
October 10, 2021 – January 2, 2022.
Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO
January 28, 2022 – May 15, 2022
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
June 11, 2022 – September 4, 2022
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL
November 3, 2022 – April 2, 2023
May – August 2023
September – December 2023
January – April 2024
May – August 2024
September – December 2024
*All tour dates can be customized to meet your scheduling needs. Please inquire for more information.
IA&A is proud to collaborate for a fourth time with Los Angeles-based historian of Japanese art Meher McArthur, curator of successful IA&A traveling exhibitions Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (2012-2016) and Above the Fold: New Expressions in Contemporary Origami Art (2015-2020); and co-curator of Nature, Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection (2016-2019).