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b. 1944, Japan

Noboru Takayama Biography

Noboru Takayama’s work is most recognisable for its consistent use of railroad ties. Differing from other artists involved in the Mono-ha movement of which he was a part, Takayama embraced the associative qualities imbued within a material. The recurrent use of railroad ties in his work has come to symbolise the socio-political unsettlement during the ant-Vietnam war years. Yuusatsu (1973) is one such example, evoking reference to the forced labour and harsh conditions in Japan’s colonies during World War II. The more recent MAKURA-GI Railroad Ties (2015) shows his continued exploration with this subject and material.

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Since graduating in 1968, Takayama has exhibited profusely. Commercial group exhibitions have included FIVE DECADES, Sculpture and Works on Paper: Koji Enokura, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Noboru Takayama at Simon Lee Gallery in London, and Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mona-ha, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2012). In addition, the artist has participated in exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (2009); Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Venice (1995); and Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (1973). He has also enjoyed solo shows at numerous important space, including: Tokyo Publishing House, Tokyo, Japan (2014); SARP, Sendai, Japan (2014); The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Akiyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2007 and 2008).

Noboru Takayama was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1944. He graduated with a BFA and MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts before continuing to teach at the Miyagi University of Education, Sendai and the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he is a Professor today.

Noboru Takayama Featured Artworks

Transcription by Noboru Takayama contemporary artwork
Noboru TakayamaTranscription, 1968Mixed media
55 x 47 cm
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Transcription by Noboru Takayama contemporary artwork
Noboru TakayamaTranscription, 1967Mixed media
55 x 47 cm
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Transcription by Noboru Takayama contemporary artwork
Noboru TakayamaTranscription, 1966Mixed media
55 x 47 cm
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Untitled by Noboru Takayama contemporary artwork
Noboru TakayamaUntitled, 1983Wood
69.5 x 45 x 45.5 cm
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Emerge of Memories by Noboru Takayama contemporary artwork
Noboru TakayamaEmerge of Memories, 1981Paper, graphite
78.8 x 108.7 cm
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Emerge of Memories by Noboru Takayama contemporary artwork
Noboru TakayamaEmerge of Memories, 1981Paper, graphite
80 x 110 cm
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Noboru Takayama Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface of Things at Kamakura Gallery, Kamakura
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4 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition Surface of Things Kamakura Gallery

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