In commemoration of its 25th anniversary, Taka Ishii Gallery will present Survived!, a group exhibition featuring works by 37 gallery artists.
We've traversed arduous times with our artists and staff to arrive at the current moment. It's already been 25 years, but we're still in the middle of a long journey. We will continue to support our artists and we hope to organize many more historically significant exhibitions. We thank you for your continued support.
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Ishii studied fine art in Los Angeles in the 1980s while also working as a private art dealer. On June 25, 1994, he opened Taka Ishii Gallery in Otsuka, Tokyo, to establish a place for introducing contemporary art trends. The gallery's first exhibition, Larry Clark's Tulsa, Teenage Lust, Photo Collage, and Video received an enormous response and became the catalyst for the gallery meeting Nobuyoshi Araki. Since his first solo exhibition with the gallery Obscene Photographs: Marvellous Tales of Black Ink and In Praise of Public Hair held in 1994, the gallery has presented 27 solo exhibitions of Araki's work. In 1995, the gallery published Imitation in conjunction with Daido Moriyama's first solo exhibition at the gallery, launching its publishing business. The gallery has now published over 50 titles. In the latter half of the 1990s, the gallery was the first to introduce the works of foreign artists such as Jack Pierson and Christopher Wool in Japan. In 2000, it presented a solo exhibition by Doug Aitken comprising a video piece, which was still rare at the time. From a unique and international perspective, Taka Ishii Gallery has organized, for a quarter century, a diverse exhibition program featuring artists working in varied media and at different stages in their careers. This exhibition, which commemorates its 25th anniversary will feature new and never before seen works by 37 artists. We hope you will join us to celebrate and experience the gallery's history.
Press release courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.