Tai Gallery was humming with enthusiasm for the artist presentation
of one of the masters of Japanese basketry, Tanabe Chikuunsai IV.
As guests found their seats, they could view a lively stop frame animation
showing this revered artist and his apprentices
constructing a huge bamboo installation at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
A related piece has been built at Tai Gallery
for his stunning exhibition that runs from July 26-August 24, 2019.
The artist gave a short slide presentation of signature creations of his distinguished lineage
from great grandfather to grandfather to father…
Tanabe continues one of Japan’s most prestigious bamboo pedigrees.
And then his daughters, Sarara (age 12)
and her sister, Kaguya (age 8)
created free form flower baskets…
While their brother, Mahito, (age 7)
did a show-and-tell about different kinds of bamboo.
Once the baskets were completed,
the daughters created ikebana arrangements
The girls then gifted these to their Tai Gallery friends.
Tanabe-san’s wife was busy taking photographs of the event.
Each family member contributed their skills
to make the event extraordinarily touching.
Then the guests fanned out into the exhibition
to admire the sheer beauty, inventiveness and expertise
of Tanabe-san’s sculptural basketry.
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