Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Last Call: Masako Inkyo and Chizuru Morii Kaplan, through April 30

Masako Inkyo, Momiji (Maples Leaves), 2015

Nothing lasts forever. We know this all too well, particularly now with the devastating effects of two recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, and the sudden death of rock-star icon Prince.

Utsuroi in Japanese means transitions.  Loss forces us into transition - as shock and mourning process the irreversible.  Utsuroi Transitions is the title of Masako Inkyo's current exhibition at Anderson Chase Gallery in Goldens Bridge, NY.   Originally dedicated to seasonal change (autumn, winter, spring and,summer), today the exhibition addresses so much more.

Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Beach Lane, East Hampton III, 2016

Chizuru Morii Kaplan too invokes a sense of utsuori in her exhibition of landscapes at Hubert Gallery in Manhattan.  Here she reflects on the transience of time, nature, and perception. Breathtaking in size and scope, these paintings capture atmospheric instability, The Emergent Image (which is the title of this group show with Elizabeth Allison and Kathryn Keller Larkins). While these images seem to "emerge," the artists provide us with an opportunity to contemplate  transitional, ephemeral phenomena, such as light, clouds and weather.  We savor the fleeing in an ocular embrace.

Masako Inkyo: Utsuroi Transitions, Anderson Chase Gallery, 65 Old Bedford Road, Golden's Bridge, NY
Chiruzu Kaplan's participation in The Emergent Image: Land, Sea and City, Hubert Gallery, 1046 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. ,

Both close on Saturday, April 30th.   Please check the galleries' websites for details. 

Beth New York
aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director, New York Arts Exchange

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Passover and Orthodox Easter Greetings!

Greetings for Passover and Eastern Orthodox Easter (May 1, 2016).  
Please click on the title"The Golden Haggadah" below the image in order to learn more about Passover and this beautiful Gothic illuminated manuscript.

As for the perennial question: Was the Last Supper a seder?  Most scholars agree that indeed it was a meal taken during the week of Passover, described in the Gospel of  Mark (14:12): "the first day of the unleavened bread."

Leonardo da Vinci, Last Supper, c. 1495-8

However, it was probably not a seder (the order), as we know it today, set down in the Haggadah developed during the Middles Ages.  (The oldest fragments of a Haggadah date to 200 CE/AD and many medieval haggadot survive from the 13th through 15th centuries.)

Leonardo animates Jesus' question "Who among you will betray me?"  And the disciples answer through their gestures:  "Are you talking about me?"  "Or him?" The lively gestures remind us of our modern seders, which invariably entertain questions about procedures, customs, tradition and new additions.    

A Ziessen Pesach - Happy Passover.
And best wishes for Orthodox Easter,

Beth New York and the New York Arts Exchange


Friday, April 8, 2016

Masako Inkyo: Utsuroi Transitions, opens on Saturday, April 16, 3-6 pm

Masako Inkyo, Subtle Grace, 2015

You are cordially invited to the opening of

Masako Inkyo: Utsuroi Transitions

Curated by Beth S. Gersh-Nesic
Director, New York Art Exchange

65 Old Bedford Road, Goldens Bridge, NY.
Opening: Saturday, April 16th, 3 - 6 pm

Ms. Inkyo will demonstrate Shodo during the opening 
 at 3:45 pm.

Exhibition on view from April 15 - April 30, 2016
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 6; Saturday 10 - 3

For further information, please contact Beth at or Erin at