Erik Thomsen—a fluent speaker of Japanese—has been a Japanese art dealer since 1984. He moved to New York in 2006 and heads a gallery that stands out among its New York colleagues for the consistent emphasis it places on modern and contemporary Japanese art. Building on solid grounding in the paintings and ceramics of the Edo period (1615–1868) and earlier, the gallery now devotes itself to exhibitions of work dating from 1900 to the present day, including pre-war folding screens, bamboo art, and gold-lacquer wares. Erik has placed important Japanese art works into numerous European and American private collections and major museums. Erik Thomsen Gallery is admired by collectors for its coverage of newer styles and trends that emerged from the 1950s: avant-garde calligraphy, works of the iconoclastic Gutai school, and contemporary large-scale sculptural ceramics. The gallery offers its visitors the chance to draw inspiration from all facets of Japanese art and to experience first hand the dynamic interchange between past and present, tradition and innovation, that lies at the heart of contemporary Japanese life. Recent exhibitions include “Shigeki Kitani: Early Works” (2015, Gutai artist, with accompanying catalog), “Inoue Yūichi” (2017, with accompanying catalog), “Fukami Sueharu: Porcelain Sculptures 1980-2014” (2014, with accompanying catalog), “Minol Araki: Nature in Ink” (2015, accompanying catalog), Tomohiro Muda: Mizu-no-bo “Aspects of Water” (2016), “Contemporary Lacquers by Yoshio Okada” (2016 and 2018), Post-War Japanese Calligraphy (2017 and 2018), “Washi Screens by Kyoko Ibe” (2018).