Shigeo Anzai "Personal Photo Archives"
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The National Art Center Tokyo will hold a solo exhibition of Shigeo Anzai's documentary photographs. Anzai has been photographing sites central to modern art, mostly in Tokyo, from 1970 until today. His photographs have two values. The first is the artistic value of his portraits, born from the close relationship he has with artists. The other is the informational value of his documentary photographs that are a rare record of artists who have passed away. This dual value of Anzai's photographs is their strongest characteristic. Around 3000 photographs will be on display. The photographer chose the title "Personal Photo Archives" to embody the meaning of his photographs: an 'archive' of the development of modern art that he 'photographed' from a 'personal' viewpoint.
Artist Talk Consecutive Series "Modern Art, Just as I Remember"
-September 8th (Sat), 1. "From Artist to Art Documentarist"
-September 15th (Sat), 2. "To Europe"
-September 22th (Sat), 3. "Japan's Modern Art and Overseas"
-September 29th (Sat), 4. "Collaborative Works with 80s' Artists"
-October 6th (Sat), 5. "From Gallery to City"
-October 13th (Sat), 6. "And into the 90s"
-October 20th (Sat), Final. "Towards International Exhibits - Yokohoma Triennial, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, etc"
*All talks start at 14:00. Free, for exhibition viewers.
Explanation sessions by curatorial staff will take place on September 17th and October 14th starting at 14:00-.
[Image: Joseph Beuys, Asahi Kodo, Tokyo, May 30, 1984 © ANZAΪ]
From 2007-09-05 To 2007-10-22
Faces of youthful ambition
By Edan Corkill
Japan Times Staff Writer
"When artists get famous and end up using assistants to do their work for them, then the format and function might remain intact, but I lose sight of the spirituality of their work," he Anzai. "I think the most essential part of the artist is most visible early in their career ... "
Slide show of Anzai's shots