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Tawara Yūsaku (1932-2004) was a contemporary Japanese artist who created unique, amazingly energized images based on his belief that all existence is composed of the impermanent bunching together of vibrating waves of energy—what he termed “hadō” (ha-doh; literally wave-movement). Working primarily in ink on paper and strongly influenced by Buddhist thought, Tawara’s paintings are constructed from countless strokes and dots, imparting to the works an intensity of content that fills them with monumental energy. John Teramoto, IMA curator of Asian Art, introduces the work, life and beliefs of Tawara Yūsaku, on the opening night of the first large-scale exhibition of Tawara’s works (77 in all) anywhere.

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