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From Bamboo to Brush

January 26 – February 29, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5–7pm

From Bamboo to Brush is a curatorial vignette in collaboration with TAI Modern that showcases the synergy between Japanese bamboo art from the gallery’s collection and contemporary Zen ink brush painting by artist Deanne Kroll of Raven Brushworks. The exhibit explores the shared principles of purpose, movement, and expression, creating a compelling connection between these two diverse art forms.

Highlighting intentionality, preparation, mindfulness, gesture, and trust, the exhibition reveals the connection between bamboo and brush. Despite their different timelines—brush painting relies on spontaneous bursts of gesture, while bamboo art takes form over the accumulation of time—both art forms can emerge from intuition rather than predetermined notions.

Kroll’s ink paintings evoke a “feeling that translates into sight,” while Japanese bamboo masters “listen to the bamboo”. This intersection emphasizes a flow of energy that leaves both the creators and observers in a reflective, transformative state, offering valuable insights into the potency of human creativity.

Inspired by the nurturing ways of the raven, artist Deanne Kroll established Raven Brushworks in Santa Fe as a platform for her contemplative creative practice. “Painting has the potential to allow for deeper spiritual connection. When I paint, I invite my mind to unlearn what it knows. This process brings me into a state of inner peace, and this allows me to feel the essence of my subject.”

The exhibition features ink paintings by Deanne Kroll alongside Japanese bamboo art by renowned artists like Honma Hideaki, Kawano Shoko, Monden Yuichi, Nakamura Tomonori, Sugiura Noriyoshi, Oki Toshie, Shono Tokuzo, Watanabe Chiaki and Japanese Living National Treasure, Fujitsuka Shosei.

To view the exhibition, click here.



A Pause in Time, An Emptiness in Space: Ma in Japanese Bamboo Art

March 14 – 22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-9 pm
Special Asia Week Hours: Daily, 11 am-6 pm & by appointment)
Exhibiting at Colnaghi, 23 East 67th Street, Fourth Fl.

TAI Modern returns to Asia Week New York this spring with A Pause in Time, An Emptiness in Space: Ma in Japanese Bamboo Art, a special exhibition of extraordinary works by some of bamboo art’s most esteemed artists, both historic and contemporary. Ma encompasses various meanings, including space, pause, rest, time, or opening, all of which contribute to shaping the distinct aesthetics of bamboo art.  We look forward to welcoming you at Colnaghi, 23 East 67th Street, Fourth Floor.

To learn more and preview the exhibit, click here.



TAI Gallery was created by Robert T. Coffland, a leading expert in Japanese bamboo arts in the West, who began sourcing works from contemporary masters in Japan. The gallery moved from the founder’s home to a gallery space on Canyon Road, then to its current location in the Santa Fe Railyard in 2006.

Margo Thoma purchased the gallery in 2014 and merged it with her contemporary American art gallery, Eight Modern. Rebranded as TAI Modern, Thoma and renowned bamboo expert, Koichiro Okada, continue Coffland’s mission of building museum-quality collections.

Thoma supports and promotes bamboo art in the West by serving as an advisor to Western collectors and institutions, facilitating public demonstrations, and curating bamboo art exhibitions. She is a tireless collaborator and ally with and for senior artists across Japan, and sponsors aspiring bamboo artists to participate in national competitions. She has written essays for exhibition catalogs both in the U.S. and Japan and is a frequent public speaker on bamboo art.

Works by TAI Modern artists have been placed in some of the country’s most prestigious institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Mint Museum of North Carolina; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Denver Art Museum; Museum of Art and Design; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.