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#6 Japanese contemporary art history Who is the next Foujita ?

投稿日:2020-03-29 更新日:

6. Nagoya dot, European group / Futo Akiyoshi, Go Watanabe, Michio Tokushige, Satoru Aoyama, Hideki Iinuma / Overall Summary

Source https://mizuma-art.co.jp/artists/aoyama-satoru/


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 #6

6. Nagoya dot, European group

Akiyoshi Futo,

Source https://ocula.com/art-galleries/taro-nasu/exhibitions/we-meet-only-to-part/

Born in Hirakata City, Osaka, he studied at Nagoya University of Arts and became a dot member after graduating. He has been a central person in building gradual relationships with interchanges of the same era, including an exhibition at the TARO NASU Gallery in Tokyo. In the 2010s, he stayed in Berlin for six years to deepen his world of work. He has also work with  SEXAUER Gallery in Berlin and has vigorously shows works.

Go Watanabe,

Source https://artazamino.jp/event/azamino-contemporary-20171029/

Born in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, lives in Saitama Prefecture. He graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts and became a member of dot to capture the difference between painting and digital art. The unique world of art has been realized using a unique digital image technique and traditional paintings. Such a digital city of Japan. He belongs to the Anomaly gallery of the Terada Art Complex and has presented his work at various group exhibitions in Japan and overseas.

Michio Tokushige,

Source https://www.picuki.com/tag/

Born in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, he drops out of Okinawa University and enters Nagoya University of Arts. After graduation, he became a dot member,expressing his unique worldview with sarcastic works using ready-made products with the sensibility of Japanese culture. Having experienced an exhibition at Yvon Lambert, a famous-established gallery in France, he uses humorous and poisonous motifs. The work traverses sculpture and painting and captures the truth of things while being abstract. It express the truth of the culture of Japan, and at the same time it was created with a world-standard perspective.

Satoru Aoyama,

Source https://mizuma-art.co.jp/artists/aoyama-satoru/

Born in Meguro, Tokyo, he lived in London from high school and graduated from Goldsmiths Art College. Then He lived in Chicago, USA, as a art teacher. He returned to Japan in the early 2000s and continues to present his work at the Mizuma Art Gallery. The elaborate work using embroidery accurately captures the relationship between William Morris and other workers and society and conveys a strong message to us.

Hideki Iinuma

Source https://www.hidekiiinuma.com

Born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, he graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Arts and studied at Nantes University of Fine Arts in France. Presented works at Cornelius Pleser Gallery shows at Munich, Hamburg,in Germany and Italy. He returned to Japan in the early 2000s. He has presented his work at Snow Contemporary in Tokyo and Marian Cramer in Amsterdam. The colorfully colored wood sculpture that highlights the relationship between fashion and art, such as  advertising, magazines and modern femininity.

Part 6 Summary

Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, located in the center of Japan. There are also several art universities that produce many artists there. Remodeling supermarkets that are no longer used in the late 90’s, artists will create a space where exhibitions can be make by themselves. That called dot. About 10 members, who are mainly there, are still active in the contemporary art society in Japan. It was very difficult to narrow down to five, but I included Satoru Aoyama, who returned from Europe at the same time as Hideki Iinuma. Fukuto Akiyoshi connected these five people. His high communication skills connect artists to many contemporary artists.

Overall Summary

The next 30 years. In order for Japanese artists to gain recognition, I must organize ideas and philosophies in a systematic and easy-to-understand manner. I think it adds value.

This article describes that, as globalization progresses, by analyzing the contemporary and contemporary art of Japan through the eyes of a single artist, it is possible to analyze issues related to the deep human beings, such as the identity of Japanese artists. Also consequently, the identity of Japanese. I thought. By grouping these five people into six groups, I believe that this summary will serve as a bridge to the next generation and clarify the direction to go.


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