Sundaram Tagore Gallery

542 W 26th St
New York 10001 New York
United States
Phone : 212.677.4520
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5 Lock Road 01-05
Gillman Barracks
108933 Singapore
Phone : +65 6694 3378

4 Cromwell Place
SW7 2JE London
United Kingdom

Susan McCaffrey   ()
Sundaram Tagore   (President and Curator)
Kathryn McSweeney   (Director)


Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. We focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, our goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts. With alliances across the globe, our interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music.

In 2015, the gallery began a program of partnering with museums and cultural organizations to organize exhibitions that further our mission of intercultural dialogue. Projects include Frontiers Reimagined, an exhibition of global art, produced with the Museo Palazzo Grimani in Venice for the Venice Biennale; the photography exhibition The World We Live In at the Ayala Museum in Manila; and Sebastiao Salgado: The World Through His Eyes at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
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Hiroshi Senju Waterfall on Colors

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About the Artist

Pigments on Japanese mulberry paper mounted on board
7 5/16 x 191 7/16 inches
194 x 486 cm

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Japanese-born painter Hiroshi Senju is noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff images, which are often monumental in scale. He combines a minimalist visual language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniques unique to Japan. Senju is widely recognized as one of the few contemporary masters of the thousand-year-old nihonga style of painting, using pigments made from minerals, ground stone, shell and corals suspended in animal-hide glue.

Hiroshi Senju was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennale (1995), and has participated in numerous exhibitions including The New Way of Tea, curated by Alexandra Munroe, at the Japan Society and the Asia Society in New York (2002); Paintings on Fusuma at the Tokyo National Museum (2003); and Frontiers Reimagined at the Venice Biennale (2015). He was recently awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Japanese government for contributions to art. In May 2017 he was honored with the Isamu Noguchi Award.

Public installations include seventy-seven murals at Juko-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, and a monumental waterfall at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island also houses two largescale installations. In 2018, Senju completed two monumental paintings for Kongobuji Temple at Koyasan, a sacred site in Japanese Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The works—a waterfall and a cliff—were commissioned to celebrate Koyasan’s 1,200th anniversary and will exhibited in several major museum presentations throughout Japan until they are installed as fusuma (sliding doors) in the Kongobuji Temple in the summer of 2020.

Senju’s work is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan; the Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo; Tokyo University of the Arts; and the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido. In 2009, Skira Editore published a monograph of his work titled Hiroshi Senju. The Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa in Japan opened in 2011.

Born in Tokyo, 1958 | Lives and works in New York