A focus on material and experience has always defined Japanese artist, Noriyuki Haraguchi’s work. He began exhibiting his works in the late 1960s, while a student, at Nihon University in Tokyo, and during a period defined by the political turmoil surrounding campus protests and student riots against the Vietnam War and the Japan-US Security Treaty. During this period, he was affiliated with the short-lived Japanese artistic movement, Mono-ha, which is often defined by its focus on the significance and presence of raw material.Read More
For Haraguchi, beauty is found in the ‘nothing’. Concrete and steel, beams, and rubber—untypically beautiful materials that reference militarism and heavy industry—appear in his works, distinguishing him from his contemporaries who tended toward the more natural. This is evident in his early paintings and sculptures, such as the Ships series (1963–65), Tsumu 147 (Freight Car) (1966), and Air Pipes series (1968–69), or in his iconic sculpture A-4E Skyhawk (1968–69), a full-scale reproduction of the eponymous US Navy fighter jet exhibited briefly at the Nihon University before riot police removed it. His ‘oil pool’ work, Matter and Mind (1977), which was first exhibited at Documenta 6—a show that largely launched Haraguchi into Europe— is similarly industrial: a low metal container filled with waste oil takes up most of the gallery space.
Haraguchi has exhibited work extensively since the ‘60s, in Japan and abroad. He has had retrospective exhibitions at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2001); BankART, Yokohama (2009); and Yokosuka Museum of Art in 2011. He has also participated in group exhibitions, including at institutions such Seoul Museum of Art (2013); Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo (2012); Museum of Modern Art in New York (2012); and in the exhibition Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, at MoMA in New York (2012).
Among numerous solo exhibitions are Noriyuki Haraguchi, Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2015); Works for Kanazawa, Miyake Fine Arts, Tokyo (2014); NORIYUKI HARAGUCHI, Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2014); Haraguchi Noriyuki, Kanazawa Art University Gallery, Kanazawa (2013); Art Unlimited 2014, Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2013); Works from Yokosuka, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York (2012); Ship 60's & Work on Paper, Kamakura Gallery, Kanagawa (2012); Double Tone, Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo (2012); Noriyuki Haraguchi, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa (2011); Noriyuki Haraguchi, Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo (2010); Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2001); Goto Museum of Art, Chiba (1991); AC&T Corporation, Tokyo (1990); and San Diego State University Art Gallery, California (1988).
Haraguchi was born in Yokosuka, Japan, in 1946 and has lived most of his life in the town of Yokosuka, the home port of the US Navy’s 7th Fleet. Currently, he lives and works in Zushi, Kanagawa. The artist graduated from Nihon University, College of Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Major in Oil Painting, Tokyo, in 1970.