Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku is pleased to present cut-off, a solo show of Katsuro Yoshida from Friday, April 20, 2018.
Katsuro Yoshida (1943-99) focused on the creation of three dimensional works composed of materials like wood, iron sheets, stones and paper from 1968 to the 1970s, and exhibited in important shows of the late sixties and the seventies that presented the state of contemporary art in the post-war era such as: The 8th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (1968); Trends in Contemporary A__rt at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (1969); and August 1970: Aspects of New Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1970.) Around the same time, he also began working on screenprints and photo etchings using the snapshots of landscapes and people, which led him to receive the Grand Prize at The 1st International Biennale Exhibition of Prints held at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea in Seoul (1970) and participate in The 7th Paris Youth Biennale at Parc Floral de Paris (1971.) From the 1980s onwards, he began paintings and worked on a series titled Heat Haze whose imagery was inspired by human body parts, as well as a hand-painted series titled Touching and other works. He exhibited inexhaustible artistic interest that enabled him to continue his experiments in presenting a new world view until his death in 1999.
Post-war Japanese art has been avidly studied in the West since the year 2000. This show will present the work titled Cut-off 18 which was included in Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (Blum & Poe / Gladstone Gallery, 2012,) an important show that re-examined Mono-ha as part of the aforementioned endeavors. Also exhibited are the artist's early screenprints created using photography and some of his paintings. We hope that this show will give people an opportunity to get the idea of the subject of his pursuit carried out through both three dimensional and two dimensional expressions.
In conjunction with the exhibition, we will publish a research book written by Ms. Masami Yamamoto (Curator of Art, Funabashi City Board of Education). There is also going to be a special talk by Ms. Yamamoto and Mr. Itaru Hirano (Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama) on Saturday, April 28. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the two people that have long engaged in the study of Yoshida Katsuro discuss the topic.
Press release courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates.