Shigeo Anzai "Personal Photo Archives"

The National Art Center, Tokyo

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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.

Related Events:

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]

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Schedule

From 2007-09-05 To 2007-10-22

Artist(s)

Shigeo Anzai

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ts_aya: (2007-10-01 at 12:10)

作品点数も多く、生の印画紙が写っている空間の空気を熱いまま伝えてくれる展示です。
作家のポートレートは特に素晴らしく、作品と並べて見るとより興味深いものだとおもいます。
また、実際に見た作品の写真にも多数出会うことができて(直島や越後妻有トリエンナーレ、横浜トリエンナーレ、イサムノグチ、安藤忠雄等々…)、またお会いできましたね!!という感動もまたたまりません。
特にイサムノグチさんのポートレートの穏やかな光と笑顔、厳しい横顔が素晴らしかったです。
いろんな楽しみ方ができるのでは。

donald_japantimes: (2007-10-04 at 11:10)

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 ... "

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fa20071004a2.html

Slide show of Anzai's shots
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/images/photos2007/fa20071004a2/index.html

hokkamuri: (2007-10-22 at 13:10)

トーキョー・アートロニカ
http://artronica.jp/anzaishigeo-before-workshop/

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