Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...
London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...
Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...
THE CLUB is pleased to present David Hockney | Heihachiro Fukuda, the exhibition exploring the affinities between the most celebrated Colourist painters of this century.
David Hockney made his first trip to Japan in 1971 and visited 'Kyoto Nihonga No Seika [The Essence of Japanese-Style Painting in Kyoto]' exhibition at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, where he came across the work of Heihachiro Fukuda. This exhibition included Fukuda's Sazanami [Ripples] and Shinsetsu [Fresh Snow] whose colours and compositions deeply amazed Hockney. He is said to have even proposed Fukuda's solo exhibition at Tate Gallery in London. Furthermore, influence from Fukuda's works as well as Japanese art could be recognised in several works Hockney made after his visit to Japan, such as Snow or Rain from his Weather Series.
The playful shining ripples of the water's surface. Vivid colours of nature change their expressions in the sunlight. The rhythms and colours of nature are the most notable elements of the two colourists' oeuvre.
Both Hockney and Fukuda have painted the reality of nature with such bold colour field composition which transforms their figurative paintings to look almost like abstract paintings. Rather than depicting what is actually there, its focus is on colour which is a form interchangeable with appearance. This shift of consciousness from object to colour may change our worldview.
The exhibition highlights the dialogue between Eastern and Western aesthetics by juxtaposing Hockney's iPad drawings The Yosemite Suite series made on his iPad with the six masterpieces by Fukuda, including Blue flags.
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