Noriko Yanagisawa:Words Spoken by Animals
”Words spoken by animals - Up right" (detail) 2023 mixed media, oil pastel, print, Mitsumata paper 760 x 890mm

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Noriko Yanagisawa:Words Spoken by Animals

Mar. 1 (Fri) , 2024 - Mar. 24 (Sun)

Art Front Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent new works by Noriko Yanagisawa. Printmaker Yanagisawa has had a long association with Art Front Gallery, and this will be her first opportunity to present her work since her solo exhibition in 2001, the "Witches' 99" exhibition in 2008 (both at Hillside Forum) and the second Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (2003).
Date Mar. 1 (Fri) , 2024 - Mar. 24 (Sun)
Hours Wed. - Fri. 12:00 - 19:00 / Sat. Sun. and Mar.20 11:00 - 17:00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Reception Mar. 1 (Fri) , 18:00-20:00
Artist at the gallery March 1(Fri) 2(Sat)7(Thu)8(Fri)9(Sat)14(Thu)15(Fri)16(Sat)22(Fri)23(Sat) artist at the gallery in the afternoon
Noriko Yanagisawa has been exploring the possibilities of printmaking, using wings, birds, half-human, half-beast and ammonites as motifs to suit her images. In recent years, her thoughts have turned to the animals of Fukushima left behind by the Great East Japan Earthquake and those affected by nuclear testing after her visit to Chernobyl in 2015. With the invasion of Ukraine also breaking out, in order to express these issues more realistically, the exhibition will present new works on parchment, gampi paper and other supports, as well as drawings that are directly adhered to the works. The prints on display include "Words spoken by animals - Sea field I, II", which alludes to the Bikini Atoll, and "Words spoken by animals - N.Lat.72°, 90°”, which abstractly depicts Ukraine after the Russian invasion with tanks. The exhibition will show the current state of the artist's work.

"Words spoken by animals - N.Lat.72°" 2023 etching, hand-coloring Chine colle, arches paper, 575 x 870mm

"Words spoken by animals - Fukushima" 2023 mixed media, oil pastel, print, Mitsumata paper,  525 x 700mm

'This world of reality and illusion, of abstract and embodiment in which a variety of shapes are milling about is, however kept in order at the same time by the strong will toward structure.
It is her indomitable energy that supports consistently both intense passion for expression and strong feeling for order. Obviously she creates her own formative world with her fully energetic imagination. (Shuji Takashina p.16, "Noriko Yanagisawa The Works 1964-2017", 2017). We look forward to seeing and interviewing you at the exhibition.

Noriko Yanagisawa (b. 1940, Shizuoka, Japan) Completed the postgraduate course in oil painting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
1971-75Stayed in New York and worked at Printmaking WS
1992 Stayed in London as a Japanese Government Overseas Study Fellowship for Artists
2003-11 Professor at the Printmaking Laboratory, Department of Oil Painting, Musashino Art University
Currently working in her studio in Kakegawa, Shizuoka, Japan Currently works in his studio in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
2009 Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
2016 Shanghai Peninsula Art Museum
2017 National Art Museum of Romania
2019 Zhejiang Art Museum
2023 Sekigahara Museum of Human Village Life. 
Major public collections include The University Art Museum of Tokyo University of the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, The Museum of Modern Art, Shizuoka, The Japanese Art Museum, Tikotin, The Sackler Gallery at Smithsonian, and many others.

"動物のことば・海の庭Ⅰ"2023 etching, hand-coloring Chine colle, arches paper 755 x 758mm