From 16 January, √K Contemporary will host Approaches to Painting – reprise a group exhibition curated by the acclaimed artist, Yoichi Umetsu.
Curated by the artist, Yoichi Umetsu, the exhibition elaborates upon Umetsu's opening feature article for the 2020 December issue of Bijutsu Techo, Approaches to Painting. An opportunity to view and purchase the works by the artists highlighted in Umetsu's article, the exhibition offers and presents approx. 100 works by approx. 30 post-war to contemporary artists.
Drawing works from various genres and periods, the exhibition seeks to unravel the ways art is viewed. The exhibition defies the singular, often redundant approach, and offers a view from multiple angles while re-examining the associated traits, histories and customs surrounding painting.
With the coronavirus pandemic, the art world was forced to undergo a reform and, while online viewings have increased, opportunities to view art directly has grown more valuable and rarified. As the world plunged into a crisis, a new consciousness has emerged and drew attention to how paintings are viewed by spectators and in relation to one another.
Gathering works from various genres and periods, Yoichi Umetsu, the planner and curator of the exhibition, '(hopes) this exhibition will compel viewers to reconsider their "Approach to Painting".'
Press release courtesy √K Contemporary.