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b. 1947, Japan

Keiji Uematsu Biography

Keiji Uematsu (b. 1947, Kobe, Japan) is a conceptual artist associated with the post-war Japanese art movement, Mono-ha. Over a nearly five decades-long career, Uematsu has developed a highly cohesive body of work that has consistently sought to make visible the invisible relationships between objects and the spaces they inhabit. In 1972, he wrote: ‘What I want to do is to make visible existence, visible connections and visible relations appear more clearly. And to cause non-visible existence, non-visible connections and non-visible relations to appear. And to cause visible existence, visible connections and visible relations not to appear’. The ideas of ‘de-familiarising’ space and focusing our attention on the natural forces of gravity, tension, and material attraction, whether through photography, drawing or sculptural installation, underpin his entire practice.

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Uematsu graduated from the department of Fine Arts, Kobe University in 1969, at the very time when the new group of artists whose work later came to be associated with the name Mono-ha were rising to prominence. They proposed a radical conceptual practice which moved away from traditional forms of representation toward an engagement with materials, objects and their properties and it was in this creative context that Uematsu developed his artistic language. In 1975 he moved from his native Japan to Dusseldorf. The following year he was the first Japanese artist ever to show at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and he quickly developed concurrent exhibiting activities in Europe and Japan. His move came not only in the context of a rapidly developing conceptual art movement in Japan, but also of intense exchange between artists in Europe, North American and Asia.Uematsu’s international influence today is far reaching thanks to both his innovative, conceptual approach to art making and his global outlook.

Text courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.

Keiji Uematsu Featured Artworks

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One Stone by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuOne Stone, 2019Stone, string, charcoal
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Corner Piece II - Vertical Space by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuCorner Piece II - Vertical Space, 1990Painted black copper cone, stone
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Situation - Floating Form by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuSituation - Floating Form, 2010Brass, copper
56 x 242 x 48 cm
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Floating Form - Red (Project Drawing) by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuFloating Form - Red (Project Drawing), 2018Pencil on paper
29.7 x 21.1 cm
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Horizontal Position by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuHorizontal Position, 2015Gelatin silver print, 2 sheets
103 x 73 cm
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Situation - glass and stone by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuSituation - glass and stone, 2016Glass, stone
13.5 x 180 x 80 cm
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Project Drawing by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuProject Drawing, 1977Pen and marker on paper
21 x 29.4 cm
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Situation - gravity axis by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuSituation - gravity axis, 2016Charcoal on paper
1000 x 152 cm
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Keiji Uematsu Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Keiji Uematsu, Invisible Force and Floating at Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
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19 October–30 November 2019 Keiji Uematsu Invisible Force and Floating Yumiko Chiba AssociatesTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Keiji Uematsu, Invisible Force at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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7 March–27 April 2019 Keiji Uematsu Invisible Force Simon Lee GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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4 July–7 September 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee GalleryLondon

Keiji Uematsu Represented By

Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Arario Gallery Cheonan, Seoul, Shanghai
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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