√K Contemporary (Root K Contemporary) is a contemporary art gallery based in Kagurazaka—an historic Edo-period area of Tokyo rich in art and culture.Read More
Established in 2020, √K Contemporary is an offshoot sibling gallery of Kashima Arts, Tokyo, which has been striving, since 1988, to showcase and enhance traditional Japanese art.
√K Contemporary Artists
√K Contemporary’s roster ranges from post-war to emerging contemporary artists.
This includes the internationally renowned Mono-ha pioneer, Noriyuki Haraguchi, who inaugurated the gallery’s opening exhibition, and contemporary artist Kiyoshi Hamada who, since encountering leading figures of Japan’s post-war avantgarde, has pursued abstract modes of expression in painting and drawing. The gallery also offers works by post-war artists like Hiroshi Fujimatsu, and Tadashi Sugimata.
Featuring alongside these established names are a diverse array of younger artists: emerging artist, Shiori Horie, whose use of esoteric and traditional Japanese painting materials and striking textures has earned her multiple awards in recent years; New York-based contemporary artist Cornelia Thomsen, who is best known for her colourful and abstract vertical stripe paintings and Manila-based painter Rom Villaseran, known internationally for his technically refined and conceptually diverse paintings that reference organic, scientific and metaphysical motifs.
√K Contemporary Exhibitions and Art Fairs
√K Contemporary’s sleek, futuristic ‘outer space’-themed gallery space plays host to exhibitions by innovative Japanese and international artists. With a view to functioning as an art space, the various rooms of the gallery, including Space √K, the rentable B1F event space, are intended for a wider range of events, beyond the traditional exhibition format.