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Art Fairs

Art Taipei

  • 2018/10/26-2018/10/29
  • Booth B01

Sakurado Fine Arts is pleased to announce our upcoming solo presentation of Yayoi Kusama at Art Taipei 2018, featuring ten works created from the 1960s to 1990s that vividly represent the artist's diverse and pioneering output over three decades.

Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. Yayoi Kusama is one of the most prolific and important Japanese artists of the postwar to contemporary period. Having originally trained in traditional Nihonga painting in Kyoto, she moved to the United States in 1957 and went on to establish a reputation as an influential figure in the postmodern New York art scene. She is recognized as a historically important artist for her innovative approaches to Minimal abstraction, Pop Art, and performance.  Her works deal with highly personal and often provocative themes such as obsession, trauma, transcendence, and sexuality. She returned to Japan in 1973 and has continued to produce artworks,  while also achieving success as a novelist and poet.  In a career spanning over seven decades, her output extends across diverse media such as paintings, happenings, sculptures, prints, literary works, films, fashion, and public art, which she continues to experiment with to the present day.

Frieze New York

  • 2018/05/02-2018/05/06
  • Booth SP33

As one of the most prominent members of the postwar Gutai art movement, Atsuko Tanaka examined questions of human physicality and its relationship to the environment, pioneering the use of immaterial elements such as sound, light, and electricity in her works. Beyond the familiar narratives of Postwar art and the Gutai movement, the exhibition will bring together around 20 of her pieces from the early 1970s to 2000s, including paintings and drawings of various scales, and looks closer at the continuity and diversity within Tanaka's expansive output.

Tanaka began her artistic career in the early 1950s, when she made Constructivist-inspired collages using letters and numbers as motifs. Later, from 1955 to 1965 as part of the Gutai Association, she began creating kinetic sculptures out of working light bulbs and bells for experimental performances and installations. She further developed these ideas on canvas, and after the dissolution of Gutai continued producing a series of brightly colored enamel paintings of lines and circles, working on these until her death in 2005. Interwoven lines and circles on canvas, reiterating and reconnecting, reveal the design of a bold yet delicate sense of composition. Reminiscent of intricate circuit diagrams, though retaining clearly human physical traces, these works might call to question the relationship of our bodies to technology in a digital age. As technology's intervention in our everyday lives advances further, the complexity of this relationship also becomes more poignant. What is communicated, in the distilled language of the circle and the line?

【Atsuko Tanaka】

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1932. Graduated in Western oil painting from Kyoto Metropolitan University, and later continued researching art at the Osaka City Art Museum. Joined the Gutai Art Association with Kazuo Shiraga, Saburo Murakami, Akira Kanayama in 1955. After the Gutai Association disbanded in 1965, she continued her practice independently. After her death in 2005, she received international acclaim for her work. From 2008 to 2011, her solo retrospective toured through Innsbruck (Switzerland), New York (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Birmingham (UK), and Castillon (Spain). Her artistic experimentation, innovative for its time, has been lauded in the contemporary art field in recent years. Her work was featured at Documenta 12 in 2007, and in 2008 at the Sydney Biennial. Major collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Art Fair Tokyo

  • 2018/03/08-2018/03/11
  • Booth S43

Sakurado Fine Arts is proud to present a selection of works by Jonas Wood, a leading talent in the next generation of American painting, and his partner, ceramic artist Shio Kusaka, in a duo exhibition at Art Fair Tokyo 2018. Portraiture and sports scenes are central themes within Wood`s work, and the exhibition will feature around ten of his paintings, drawings, and prints from the 2000s to the present day. These will be displayed alongside Kusaka`s minimal, pop-inspired porcelain pots. Together, their works create an interplay of two and three dimensional forms, colors, and imagery, reflecting the mutual influence the two artists have on one another`s practice.

【Jonas Wood】

Born 1977 in Boston. Lives and works in Los Angeles. Using familiar scenes and motifs such as interiors, plants, sports, and the figures of friends and family, Wood's process in creating images starts with using fragmented images of two dimensional matter. In this process, he combines graphics from sketches, photographs, or magazine cutouts into a collage, which he then develops into a painting. In doing so, the multiple forms and colors of the various motifs overlap and interrupt one another on the canvas, creating a complex sense of perspective. The repetition and deviation of patterns and details displace and transform the imagery of the everyday into a bold, flattened abstract landscape. The fresh inventiveness of Wood's style is evocative of the radical approach to formalism, as well as the aesthetic sophistication, of modern movements such as Impressionism, Cubism, or Pop art.

【Shio Kusaka】

Born 1972 in Morioka, Japan. Lives and works in Los Angeles. Kusaka's practice as a ceramicist is centered around the object of the pot. Through her grandmother, a connoisseur of Japanese tea ceremony wares, she became interested in Greek, Chinese, and Japanese traditional ceramics. She also found inspiration in the delicate, hand-drawn geometric grids and patterns of minimalist artist Agnes Martin. She designs and hand-draws simple designs on the surface of her works, which beautifully expose their organic imperfections, subtle distortions, and discontinuities. Kusaka gives the pot, with its long history as a functional ceramic ware, new aesthetic possibilities, playfully weaving colors and shapes into its design. In addition to exhibiting her works at the Whitney Biennial in 2014, her work has also been featured in various international exhibitions alongside Jonas Wood, including recently at the Voorlinden Museum of Art in the Netherlands in 2017.

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