GALLERY TALK WITH KOICHI OKADA
TAI Modern is pleased to present Three Generations of Wada Waichisai, an exhibition of 16 works from this influential, but little studied bamboo art lineage. Wada Waichisai I (1851-1904) was a pioneering artist and teacher in the Kansai region. However, his son and grandson, Wada Waichisai II (1877-1933) and Wada Waichisai III (1899-1975), moved away from Japan’s artistic centers and refrained from public exhibitions while they carried on the family legacy. This special exhibition explores not only the art and history of Wada Waichisai I, II, and III, but also the artist relationship to the Osaka-based bunjin (literati) movement and sencha tea aesthetics.
Written history of modern Japanese bamboo art is usually introduced with a chapter stating that three masters set the foundation of this art form in the late 19th century; Hayakawa Shokosai of Funaba district, Wada Waichisai of Sumiyoshi district, and Donkosai of Nanba district. While the students of the Wada lineage are still active and growing, experts still do not know much about Wada Waichisai I himself and his direct descendants.
Three Generations of Wada Waichisai will be on display at TAI Modern, 1601 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 between June 29th and July 22nd. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm.