New Exhibition at the Farnsworth—From the Smallest Leaf: Photographs by Koichiro Kurita

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  • February 19, 2016

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Share II, 2011 (Montville, Maine) Platinum palladium print 24 x 30 inches

On Saturday, April 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open an exhibition of photographs by Japanese photographer Koichiro Kurita. Entitled From the Smallest Leaf, this exhibition of the artist’s Maine photographs will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through September 11, 2016.

Japanese photographer Koichiro Kurita  graduated from Kanseigakuin University in Kobe, where he studied perceptual psychology. He worked as a young man for a Tokyo advertising agency before becoming a successful commercial photographer. At forty years old, moved by his reading of Thoreau’s Walden, Koichiro Kurita directed his photography away from commercial work toward meditative expressions of his connection to nature.

Maine Coast, 1991 (Pemaquid Point, Maine) Platinum palladium print 8 x 10 inches / 24 x 30 inches

Kurita’s impressions of the natural world—quiet New England woodlands, remote Boundary Waters lakes and rocks of Minnesota and Canada, and natural features of California and Japan—extract poetic details from the greater landscape, giving “pictorial form to Thoreau’s ideas.” His use of nineteenth-century printing processes to create monochromatic prints from his camera work, the result of platinum palladium, albumen and salt printing development on Japanese papers, enhances the historic yet timeless qualities of his hand-made prints.  This selection of his photographs encompasses nature as Kurita sees it in terms of “Chi Sui Ki,” or terrasphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, and the borders that each of these realms share with one another and ourselves.

Farnsworth members will enjoy a special preview of the exhibition on Friday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exclusive media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum
207-596-6457 ext 128

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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