Strongin/Collection Presents Phyllis Greenberger, Alex Mayer, and Elyse Harrison Finding SHIBUMI

By Editorial Team on December 13, 2021

Wed, 15 December 2021 - Tue, 25 January 2022

Blue Ring By Alex Mayer.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 15 at 7pm


Strongin/Collection is proud to present Finding SHIBUMI: discover the patterns of understanding in Phyllis Greenberger’s art, the eloquent simplicity of Alex Mayer’s sculpture, and the graceful whimsy of Elyse Harrison’s aviary.  Special thanks to artist Mindy Weisel who helped curate Phyllis Greenberger’s art.

My father and I loved to read espionage books. One of our favorite novels, Shibumi, was written by Trevanian. He explains the concept of shibumi in a passage with the main character, Nicholai:

“A blundering attempt to describe an ineffable quality. …Shibumi has to do with great refinement underlying commonplace appearances. It is a statement so correct that it does not have to be bold, so poignant it does not have to be pretty, so true it does not have to be real. Shibumi is understanding, rather than knowledge. Eloquent silence. In demeanor, it is modesty without pudency. In art, where the spirit of shibumi takes the form of sabi, it is elegant simplicity, articulate brevity. In philosophy, where shibumi emerges as wabi, it is spiritual tranquility that is not passive; it is being without the angst of becoming.
How does one achieve this shibumi, sir?
One does not achieve it, one . . . discovers it.
Meaning that one must learn a great deal to arrive at shibumi?
Meaning, rather, that one must pass through knowledge and arrive at simplicity.”

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