An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
Since the 1960s, Tatsuo Kawaguchi has worked to reveal the crucial yet hidden relationships between disparate entities, such as between man and nature, the visible and the invisible, and the past (or future) and the present. He has explored these dynamics through over 100 distinct bodies of work in a diversity of media and materials, ranging from oil paintings and happenings to mirrored sculptures and environmental installations. He has written that 'art is something that doesn't merely express a private world but must in some way function universally and shed light on the condition of being human.' In other words, his practice is about something much greater than self-expression. It is about communicating collective truths.
In 1965, Kawaguchi established himself as a key figure in the postwar Japanese avant-garde by co-founding Group 'i' (meaning 'unit'), a collective that collaborated in and around Kobe City to execute some of the earliest-known happenings in the east. More broadly, the group sought to eliminate emotion and subjectivity from their work, instead seeking an 'impersonal,' cerebral art that both mirrored and arguably presaged foundational ideas in western Minimalism. In 1970, Kawaguchi was selected to participate in the 10th Tokyo Biennale, Between Man and Matter, which curated leading Japanese artists alongside western contemporaries like Carl Andre, Sol Le Witt, and Richard Serra to explore the common interests, themes, and working methods uniting artists around the globe.
Also in 1970, Kawaguchi created the first work branded with the prefix that would come to define his practice for the next four decades and beyond: relation. Used in the title of most pieces he has created in the time since, 'relation' became the means by which Kawaguchi began illuminating ideas too abstract or poetic for us to recognize in our everyday lives. Whether communicating the individual’s connection to society, the present moment’s place vis-à-vis the vastness of history, or several other cerebral yet lyrical concepts, these overlooked relationships have motivated Kawaguchi to continue evolving creatively—and reshaping our understanding of the world—for over 50 years.
Tatsuo Kawaguchi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1940 and earned a BFA from Tama University of Fine Art, Tokyo, in 1962. He has shown extensively in Japan and internationally since, including in such historically significant exhibitions as the aforementioned 10th Tokyo Biennale in 1970, the Paris Youth Biennale in 1973, and Magiciens de la terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989. His work resides in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, among others. He lives and works in Chiba, Japan.
The State of This World: Thought and the Arts, the second of the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History’s Art Trip exhibitions, this time focuses on four contemporary artists’ works that are in some instances inspired by archaeology. They address issues of seen and unseen worlds, life and death, and the past speaking to the present.
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