Gallery's Picks for the Month (Their glorious days still alive)
Here we introduce the late gallery artists who passed away regrettably in these recent years as "Their glorious days still alive". We hope that you will enjoy the essence of their artwork created and expressed in their whole lives.
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CHRISTO 1935 - 2020
Jeanne-Claude 1935 - 2009
Shintaro Tanaka 1940 - 2019
Shintaro Tanaka, making his impressive debut at the age of nine-teen, passed away in seventy-nine, leaving his sixty-years artistic life as the Japanese contemporary art history after sixties. From his youth, Tanaka attracted the attention of the art critics at Yomiuri Independent, joining in the group “Neo Dadaism Organizers” with Genpei Akasegawa and Ushio Shinohara among others. He exhibited in 1968 “Dot, Line and plane”, and its minimal style had a tremendous impact on not only artists but also on such architect or designer as Shiro Kuramata. Tanaka participated in Paris Biennale, in “the 10th Tokyo Biennale: Between man and matter”, and famous Venezia Biennale as representative of Japanese pavilion. After a period of illness, he took up new expression for " The Landscape Veers Perpendicularly”. He also undertook many commissions, including those for Bridgestone Corporation, Faret Tachikawa, Echigo Tsumari, and the Sapporo Dome among others, and these public art was familiarized with the locals in the everyday scenery.
We exhibited Tanaka's Solo show in autumn, 2020 may have stayed in your fresh memory. Some of their exhibited master pieces are now in the collection of Artizon Museum in Tokyo. In the 6th floor of this prestigious museum, both of Tanaka’s work and those of Shiro Kuramata, interior designer having fostered longstanding relationship with Tanaka, are permanently exhibited in the entrance lobby, where these works can be appreciated side by side, just as time there shared together in their lives.
Here introduced is the “Anemophily”, or wind-pollinated flower. Not requiring pollination, these flowers usually do not have brilliant colors inducing birds or insects for pollination. Such character seems to be reflected in the picture plane, where, instead of bold appearance, the subtleness or lively traces of the wind are depicted.
Kana Kou 1975-2020
Kou created her artwork, climbing up the mountain or diving into the sea, experiencing by herself the nature as the process of her production. She represented in her work memories, emotion of ambiguity or fear materialized through her own bodily interaction, realizing each place in detail and gradually exploring her experience to enlarge her consciousness to allow it as a beautiful scenery.
Kou participated in the Artists-in-residence program 2011 in Shodohima Island and was fascinated by this island with its abundant nature or generous local community. Since then, she spent years in Shodoshima as her creative base. “The Secret of Hanasuwajima” in form of upside-down circular cone exhibited in Shodoshima for Setouchi Triennale was highly appreciated as the leading artwork of this Triennale, and was re-exhibited in the special exhibit for its collection in MOT. (Please visit the official website of Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo for its opening hours.)
Now presented here is the work with her beloved motifs of mountains and sea. Series entitled “Ocean Blue, Forest Green“ were first exhibited in her solo exhibition in 2013 at Art Front Gallery. Solo ExhibitionKou did not limit her work within two-dimensional works but also challenged the materiality of three-dimensional works transforming the landscape into her own inner scape. “Personal landscape” based on her own experience can be detected in the 《No dimensional limit anymore》or ““Ocean Blue, Forest Green“ in the collection of MOT.
Kana Kou “Ocean Blue, Forest Green (4D-02)” 2013, wood, styrene paper, oil pastel, crayon 190ｘ400ｘ270ｍｍ
“Kana Kou: Another View from the Cosmos” and “MOT Collection: Journals vol.2” installation view
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For related review by Tomo Imai, curator of Arts Maebashi (telxt only in Japanese) Tomo Imai, Review for the exhibit Kana Kou