Noriyuki Haraguchi

Haraguchi was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and he graduated from Nihon University, Tokyo, in 1970, as a student in the oil painting department. He began exhibiting his works while in college and amid the rising political turmoil of campus protests and student riots against the Vietnam War and the Japan-US Security Treaty. Yokosuka is home port of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, and Haraguchi’s early paintings and sculptures, such as the Ships series (1963–65), Tsumu 147 (Freight Car) (1966), and Air Pipes series (1968–69), reference the aesthetics and materials of militarism and heavy industry.

Haraguchi created the iconic sculpture A-4E Skyhawk (1968–69) behind the student barricades at Nihon University. It was a full-scale reproduction of the eponymous US Navy fighter jet and was exhibited at the university before riot police retook the campus. Subsequently, Haraguchi’s adopted materials have come to include I beams, pressed-steel car parts, waste oil, polyurethane, and rubber—an aesthetic vocabulary quite distinct from those of contemporaries such as Lee Ufan, Nobuo Sekine, and Kishio Suga, who embraced more natural materials.

Since the early 1960s, Haraguchi’s work has been exhibited extensively in Japan and abroad. In 1977, his spent-oil reflecting pool Matter and Mind was exhibited at Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany. Retrospective exhibitions have taken place at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2001); BankART, Yokohama (2009); and Yokosuka Museum of Art, 2011. Notable recent group exhibitions include Requiem for the Sun, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2012; and Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012.

Photo Credit: Shigeo Anzai

Selected Artworks

June 19, 2017

Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings

Artsy Editorial by Anna Louie Sussman

Seeing the retrospective in Paris convinced McCaffrey, the longtime collector and gallerist, that he needed to bring her (Carol Rama) work to the U.S. market. He mounted a show of nearly 50 works from between 1938 and 1945 in September 2016. “Unless you have recognition in the U.S., you don’t really have a market,” he says. “We showed Ramas this time last year in Basel and Americans had no awareness.” This year, his booth at Art Basel in Basel placed Rama alongside the Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga, as both artists’ work addressed life under totalitarianism by seeking to liberate the body and its functions. Read More
June 16, 2017

Gutai’s spectacular rise—and potential fall

The Art Newspaper by Matthew Wilcox

Crucial in Gutai’s sudden boom, in McCaffrey’s view, was the fact that the group had essentially been ignored in the US since the 1950s. “Look at the market for Italian post-war work, or back to the late 1980s, when the German Neo-Expressionists started to make an impact in the US. There are these discrepancies in information and knowledge that pop up.” Read More