Dan Janotta American Artists and the Allure of the East

September 9 - October 10, 2015

The Schomburg Gallery is pleased to present "American Artists and the Allure of the East" featuring works by Scott Burdick, Susan Lyon, Leah Waichulis, Suchitra Bhosle, Sivananda Nyayapathi, Stephanie Deshpande, Rency Punnoose, Richard Weinstein, Raj Chaudhuri, and Karen Yee.

View Suchitra Bhosle's works
View Scott Burdick's works
View Raj Chaudhuri's works
View Stephanie Deshpande's works
View Susan Lyon's works
View Sivananda Nyayapathi's works
View Rency Punnoose's works
View Leah Waichulis's works
View Richard Weinstein's works
View Karen Yee's works

Curator Remark: by Rency Punnoose
In the past there have been art shows exploring the theme “East”, but almost all of them were focused on either Japanese or Chinese culture and art. In the 19th and 20th century of America there was an explosion of interest in everything Japanese and it reflected in the art world too. But now the western world is witnessing a sudden and increased interest in other parts of the East. This art show “American Artists and the Allure of East” is exploring the new and wider East. Even though there are paintings depicting Chinese and Japanese images in the show we have several paintings that speaks the spiritual and cultural language of India, Thailand and Sri lanka.

The participating artists are not just some American artists painting some eastern images. Artists like Scott Burdick , Susan Lyon, and Richard Weinstein travel a lot to India and other eastern countries and experiences the life and culture on a very intimate level. Leah Waichulis’ work 'Late Spring' was inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, paintings, and architecture. In particular the mood of the piece was inspired by Uemura Shoen's 'Woman Waiting for the Moon to Rise.' And other artists in the show Karen Yee, Stephanie Deshpande, Sivananda Nyapathi, Raj Chaudhuri and Suchitra Bhosle have very strong ties to the East either by ethnicity or by being married to a person with eastern roots. These are Internationally and nationally known, established, American artists who are truly allured by the east.