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#4 Japanese contemporary art history Who is the next Murakami ?

投稿日:2020-03-29 更新日:

4. Showa 40 Meeting, advertising media / Tomoko Konoike, Makoto Aida, Shinro Ohtake, Yuichi Higashionna, Masato Kobayashi


I introduce the history of Japanese art after the war in six groups of five.

First of all, there are many wonderful artists in Japan.

This time it may be full of dogmatic and prejudice by individual artists. I would like to give people inside and outside Japan a systematic explanation of Japanese contemporary art history in an easy-to-understand manner, so that I can convey the background of the cultural society that Japanese artist have followed since after the war.

Table of contents

1. GUTAI  : Specific method

Akira Kanayama, Kazuo Shiraga, Atsuko Tanaka, Sadamasa Motonaga, Jiro Yoshihara


Tatsuo Miyajima, On Kawara, Yayoi Kusama, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tadashi Kawamata

3.Super flat

Izumi Kato, Hideaki Kawashima, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito

4. Showa 40 Meeting, advertising media

Tomoko Konoike, Makoto Aida, Shinro Ohtake, Yuichi Higashionna, Masato Kobayashi

5. Studio SHOKUDO, New York group

Yoshihiro Suda, Izuru Kasahara, Kento Koganezawa, Tatsuo Majima, Shimon Minamikawa

6. Nagoya dot, European group

Futo Akiyoshi, Go Watanabe, Michio Tokushige, Satoru Aoyama, Hideki Iinuma

Overall Summary

In particular, the artist introductions in the parts 5 and 6  that I personally became friends with. Some have forcibly selected five members in personal. There may be unnatural points, such as a person who is different from the original member joining the group members.

The point to summarize was to select artists who continued to create works with solid and originality.

This is because the contemporary art scene in Japan is thriving on conceptual discourses, relational arts,  social justice and anti-socialism, and there is not much respect for art that confronts works in the atelier.

Japanese contemporary art history #4

4. Showa 40 Meeting, advertising media

Tomoko Konoike,

Source https://www.kanakengallery.com/detail?id=33712

She is from Akita Prefecture and has a story telling world, drawings and paintings. She is a representative female artist in Japan, performing with her voice and performances using animals and animal fur.

Makoto Aida,

Source https://www.mori.art.museum/contents/aidamakoto_main/artist/index.html

Born in Niigata Prefecture, he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and used overwhelming painting skills to deal with Japanese OTAKU and anime women whose theme was eccentricity. Incorporating nerd culture and the underground elements behind Japan into art, it cuts the Japanese art world diagonally.

Shinro Ohtake,

Source Shinro Ohtake

He set up his atelier in Tokushima Prefecture and has a background in magazines and advertising designers from the 1980s. It is overwhelmingly popular by integrating all elements such as design, illustration and copyright that support subculture. The enormous volume of his works that he has painted since based in Tokushima reappeared powerfully in the art world at a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in early 2000. His activities, such as Kassel’s documenta, are remarkable.

Yuichi Higashionna,

Source https://www.fashionsnap.com/article/2019-03-13/un-unheimlich/

Born in Ota-ku, Tokyo, he is an indispensable person in the contemporary art world of Japan, exhibiting at the Marian Boesky gallery in New York. His work,which was exhibited at the temperature of edge , exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum, has recently included an international group exhibition at Hayward Gallery in London. Fluorescent light in the sense that Japanese admire for white color. He always create works that cannot be captured in the frame of painting by adding graffiti elements such as sprays and mirrors.

Masato Kobayashi

Source https://bunshun.jp/articles/photo/12252?pn=2

His efforts to capture the essence of painting with the overwhelming power of painting in the 1980s attracted attention in ,the water ripple ,exhibition by Jan Hoot in the late 1990s. He moved to Ghent, Belgium at the suggestion of Hoot,gained reputation in Europe, and returned to Japan in the late 2000s. He set up an atelier in the Kansai area, but after that He chose to be a professor in Tokyo. His paintings, which do not draw form, wander between abstract and figurative,creating a unique work that reconstructs the campus.

Part 4 Summary

This has a vector that is the reverse of the internationally renowned artist. We steadily look at the surrounding environment in which they live and give back to the story, and disseminate information in our living society from the distorted values of Japan after the war. In its visual structurability, vectors are created for the indigenous innerness in which they live. The works naturally capture the hearts of Japanese art fans.

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Yoshihiro Suda, Izuru Kasahara, Kento Koganezawa, Tatsuo Majima, Shimon Minamikawa

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