Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts held its annual exhibition in Spring 2020. The Kokon Biannual: Spring 2020 exhibition will be on view from March 13 to April 2 at the gallery located at 17 East 71st Street, 4th Floor, New York, New York.

The Kokon Biannual: Spring 2020 includes important and exciting works of Japanese art, featuring several recently-discovered works.

A large and luxurious pair of six-panel folding screens depicting Cherry Trees with Narcissus, Violets, and Dandelions (no. 1) from the 17th century offers a preview of the upcoming spring season. A new discovery, these paintings were once part of a set of sliding door panels that originally decorated a long-gone, sumptuous palace room.  The pair is attributed to a member of the Unkoku School, an atelier started by Unkoku Tōgan (1547-1618) in the Momoyama period. This magnificent pair of screens with its noble cherry trees reflects the dramatic style that Tōgan followers perpetuated during the early Edo period.

A well-exhibited and published painting of a Reclining Courtesan by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849, no. 2) is also inscribed by the famous poet Santō Kyōden (1761-1816) with a poem inspired by the painting. This painting in ink and light colors by the celebrated artist best known for his wood-block print designs portrays the lady of the demimonde in a relaxed pose, rendered with little more than a few free and spontaneous strokes of the brush. This is a rare pairing of this artist known around the world and the renowned poet.

A large, dated painting of Sixteen Rakan by Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863, no. 3).  These sixteen men are Zen eccentrics, also known as Sixteen Rakan (Sanskrit, Arhat; Chinese, Luohan).  Their ordinary and extraordinary activities are captured in delicate, elegant brushstrokes in ink and gold. Kazunobu’s rather short life was devoted almost entirely to producing a set of one hundred hanging scrolls, depicting five hundred rakan and their attendants, for the Edo temple of Zōjōji. Only about ten of his paintings outside of this group are known to exist, and the large hanging scroll of Sixteen Rakan shown here is one of those truly rare works by Kazunobu.

A magnificent Momoyama period "Clog-shaped" Tea Bowl (no. 4) is of the Black Oribe type of Mino ware. This tea bowl is in a kutsugata (clog shape) and is rare in that it features two designs: a geometric design carved and glazed on one side and a kakine hedge-style design on the other.

An important Mizusashi (Fresh Water Jar, no. 5) is from a Karatsu kiln in the Hizen region. Originally made as a jar around 1590-1610s, it is now fitted with a lacquer lid to be used as a fresh water jar for the Tea Ceremony. It has a modern design of open circles in iron oxide on the glazed surface.

The very rare Mask of an Old Man (no. 6) was carved in the 14th century during the Kamakura to Nanbokucho periods. It is attributed to Ittōsai, one of the most important ancient Noh mask carvers, and there are only a few known examples of his masks in Japan. The extremely expressive face on the mask is of a very rare type with few, if any, comparative examples. It includes an inscription in ink and also an after carving testifying to its creator.

Updated: Feb 19, 2019

Coverage by: Edna L. Perkins, Fashion Editor, Society & Diplomatic Review

The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York held an exciting interactive discussion with students participating featuring Gucci President and Chief Executive Officer Marco Bizzarri in conversation with Tim Blanks, Editor at large of The Business of Fashion, as part of the Marvin Traub Lecture Series.

This was a part of a sequence of Mr. Bizzarri’s direct dialogue with Americans fostering more intercultural and diverse approaches between Italy and the United States.

Among the topics discussed were social and environmental initiatives and an embrace of sustainability tied into his brand.

Joel Towers, Executive Dean of the Parsons School of Design mentioned in his opening statement, “Gucci is often in the news for their extraordinary commercial success, but also for their commitments to communities around the world.”

“This event celebrated Gucci’s extraordinary career across the fashion industry and beyond. Marco Bizzarri’s mantra at Gucci has been to foster creativity in every aspect of the business and to emphasize the importance of approaching work in a different way, challenging the status quo and encouraging risk-taking within the framework of a learning organization based on a culture of empowerment, respect and inclusivity.” (https://events.newschool.edu/event/the_marvin_traub_lecture_marco_bizzarri_gucci_president_and_ceo#.XGXRGJNKiu4)

Be assured, Gucci will march on bringing more and more diversity and understanding on the part of his brand.

In addition, as an educational and progressive step, Gucci is offering scholarships worldwide and is accepting applications immediately.

All of his plans encompass the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300).

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Updated: Feb 19, 2019

Messe Frankfurt based in Germany kicked off TexWorld initiative at the Jacob Javits Center  recently.

Covering the event for Society & Diplomatic Review, Edna L. Perkins, Fashion editor and Juvy Ann Ignacio, Junior Fashion Editor interviewed Daniel Pinto, the Business development and strategist of Scoop- a Portuguese based manufacturing company  who specializes in upcycling. 80 Billion pieces of clothing are produced yearly, and billions are thrown out to make room for new ones. Upcycling offers a stylish and innovative way to restrain the rate of waste. Scoop’s goal is to prove that sustainable fashion is possible on a manufacturing level. They encourage designers and brands to take advantage of what can be done with reused textiles.

Scoop and Tommy Hilfiger  successfully Upcycled an entire fashion line from the manufacturing plant in Portugal.

Mr. Pinto cautioned that the manufacturing of denim is a major contributor to water pollution worldwide as told by the documentary “RiverBlue”.

Society & Diplomatic Review  are looking forward to, and are hopeful that (FFsdg ) “Fashion for Forest”  a Sustainable development Goal initiative at the United Nations and Scoop can continue collaborating on this focus. Celebrity actress Michelle Yeo of the  Oscar nominated film “Crazy Rich Asians”, is the spokesperson of “Fashion for Forest” initiative-elaborated at the United Nations in Geneva, promoting the awareness of the forest, Water, and natural  resources to better the Fashion Industry worldwide.

TexWorld in New York  is held twice annually , is a major game changer for the future of the fashion industry. TexWorld will be held in July again- hopefully Scoop as well.

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