William Corwin for Bomb MagazineTakamatsu’s approach to sculpture can be summed up by paraphrasing John Lennon: sculpture is what happens when you’re busy looking at other things. This survey of the artist’s sculptural works made between 1961 and 1977 presents an obsession with the things that objects can do, rather than the objects themselves. Read More
The GuardianJiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture An artist who was as interested in shadows and perspectives as he was sculpture, Jiro Takamatsu’s first institutional solo exhibition outside Japan also features work centred on his obsession with everyday objects – including a fascination with string – and the meanings we assign to them. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 13 July to 22 October Read More
Art in America by Ryan HolmbergJiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) was about a seminal as seminal gets in postwar Japanese art. He was one-third of the Tokyo-based Happenings group Hi Red Center, a progenitor of Japanese conceptual art, and a significant influence on Mono-ha artists. As a maker of paintings, sculptures, experimental writing and xerographic pieces, and conceptual photographs, Takamatsu embodied the catholic cross-mediality of the 1960s and '70s like few others. And as his mini-retrospective at Fergus McCaffrey suggested, he was also something of a prop and set designer for intellectualised play and theatricality in the white cube... Download
Chicago Tribune by Lori Waxman"Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance," a groundbreaking exhibition of 1960s- and '70s-era Japanese photography, opened at the Art Institute of Chicago a week after Inauguration Day. The timing couldn't be more opportune. Read More
BLOUIN ARTINFOThe exhibition presents influential Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu in his third solo with the gallery. As a co-founder of the legendary collective Hi Red Center in 1963 and the central inspiration for Mono-Ha, Jiro Takamatsu brought significant changes in the evolution of visual art in Japan as an artist, theorist and teacher, challenging the prevailing orthodox methods of painting free of representation and sculptures that emphasized truth to materials and the anti-illusional during the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition features his paintings, sculptures, photographs, text works, and drawings dating from 1966 through 1978. Read More
Blouin Art + AuctionJiro Takamatsu, 1936-1998, Japan
Christie'sHighly intellectual and analytical, Takamatsu’s work is nevertheless playful, merging the refined visual language of Minimalism with the subversive elements of Surrealism and Dada. A self-proclaimed ‘anti-artist’, he also taught at Tokyo’s Tama Art University (1968-72). Read More
Artinfo by Darryl WeeAn ambitious new retrospective of the Japanese postwar avant-garde opens at the Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro on July 14.