Saburo Murakami

July 12, 2016

Avant-Garde Japan Comes to Rio de Janeiro’s Paço Imperial

Artinfo by Darryl Wee

An ambitious new retrospective of the Japanese postwar avant-garde opens at the Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro on July 14.

Jointly organized by the Japan Foundation and the Paço Imperial, “The Emergence of the Contemporary: Avant-Garde Art in Japan, 1950-1970” is curated by Pedro Erber — a specialist in Brazilian literature, intellectual history, and visual culture at Cornell University — together with Katsuo Suzuki, curator at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

The exhibition is divided into four sections. “The Politics of Abstraction” explores the political implications of abstract expressionist painting in Japan, as practiced by artists from the Gutai movement and Jikken Kobo (“Experimental Workshop”), including Kazuo Shiraga, Yasuo Sumi, Atsuko Tanaka, and Saburo Murakami.
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September 5, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Upcoming Museum Shows in Switzerland

Opening at Kunsthaus Baselland: Thursday 14th September, 6:30 PM

The MARCIA HAFIF exhibition is created in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (MARCIA HAFIF: September 16-January 14, 2018) and the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz (MARCIA HAFIF: September 15–November 12, 2017).
Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.
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August 24, 2017

Contemporary Art Steams Up the Hudson

The New York Times by Nancy Princenthal

The lovely, spacious Fields Sculpture Park at the Omi International Art Center in Ghent holds nearly 80 works, many installed long term, by Dennis Adams, Donald Baechler, Dove Bradshaw, Folkert de Jong, Donald Lipski, Richard Nonas, Alison Saar and others. The park is open daily. Read More