Kei Imazu + Toru Kuwakubo + Yu Yasuda "Painting Never Dies"
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The "death of painting" has long been an oft-repeated refrain in the history of art. Each time a new artistic form emerged, such as photography, video, or installation, much was made of the demise of painting. Even when a “return to painting” occurred as a backlash against this tendency, this did not necessarily imply the end of painting. Looking back at the history of art of the twentieth century, it seems evident that painting has continued to occupy a firmly established position among artistic media.
At large-scale international exhibitions and art fairs, however, there has been a tendency to emphasize the novelty of new artistic techniques. Videos and installations are mainstays at such events. This exhibition, which features works by invited guests Kei Imazu and Toru Kuwakubo, is an attempt to reconsider the output of artists who continue to create unique paintings while adhering strictly to the traditional artistic tools of canvas and oil pigment. What these three artists share between them are a strong desire to paint and depict a singular world with a contemporary sensibility, and an attempt to actively engage with the era in which they live.
In addition to one new large canvas by each artist, this exhibition will also feature a number of smaller works. “Painting Never Dies” promises to be an exciting encounter between three of today’s most up-and-coming painters, hinting at new possibilities for the medium of painting.
[Image: Kei Imazu "cherry blossom" (2012) Oil on canvas 162×194cm (c) Kei Imazu. Courtesy of Yamamoto Gendai]