First Look | Tom Sachs’ “Tea Ceremony” at the Noguchi Museum, NYC

March 31, 2016  |  Uncategorized

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In celebration of the the Noguchi Museum‘s 30th-anniversary mad scientist artist & supertouch buddy Tom Sachs has staged one of his most interesting exhibitions to date with Tea Ceremony, a meditation on and exploration of the ancient and highly ritualistic process of making Japanese tea. The exhibition—the first to present work by a single artist other than Noguchi at the museum—centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu,or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. Among the large stone sculptures by Isamu Noguchi in the Museum’s indoor/outdoor galleries, Sachs has erected a tea house in a garden accessorized with variations on lanterns, gates, a wash basin, a plywood airplane lavatory, a koi pond, an ultra HD video wall with the sublime hyper-presence of Mt. Fuji, a bronze bonsai made of over 3,600 individually welded parts, and other objects of use and contemplation. Sachs has also produced a complete alternative material culture of Tea—from bowls and ladles, scroll paintings and vases, to a motorized tea whisk, a shot clock, and an electronic brazier. Supplementing the tea garden are three additional installations covering consummate examples of Sachs’ Tea tools, a brief history of Tea as it developed out of Sachs’ Space Program 2.0: MARS, and a small retrospective of the artist’s two decade–long career as a cultural hybridizer.

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