Zen Art

One Year Later

March 11 marked one year since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami struck Sendai, Japan, and the surrounding area. As I mentioned, all of my family members, friends, and colleagues fortunately escaped mortal danger, but many of them lost everything they had. Nonetheless, without exception, all of them have refused to be defeated by such a great tragedy, and they are gradually rebuilding their lives. I have not been back to Sendai myself since the disaster, but others who have report that the people are upbeat and determined to overcome all obstacles.

One Zen master whose works are in the gallery is Ashikaga Shizan, who lived from 1859–1959. Can you image what manner of natural and man-made disasters that he lived through? Here is a photo of Shizan taken near the end of his long and eventful life.

Zenga: The Present Art, the catalog of the Kaeru-an Zenga exhibited at the Buddhas Spur (Buddha’s Trace) exhibition held at the Kunstmuseum Bochum Germany August 23, 2011 to November 13, 2011, has been published by Kaeru-an. The catalog includes the essay “From Science to Zenga: About Kaeru-an” and one by John Stevens on “Zenga: The Present Art.” For information please context Felix Hess at [email protected]

John Stevens will be present at the Arts of Pacific Asia Show in New York from March 21to March 25. The location is The Market Suites at 7W New York, 7 West 34th Street at Fifth Avenue opposite the Empire State Building. The hours are from 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. For information visit www.caskeylees.com.

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