Pattern - Forms of Beauty
[Image: Genichiro Inokuma, "Land Scape" (1973) ©The MIMOCA Foundation]
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Representing both Western and Eastern perspectives, this exhibition includes key artists such as Christopher Wool, now regarded as one of the most important abstract painters of this century, and Agnes Martin, who was selected for a recent retrospective at the Guggenheim museum in 2016, as well as works by Yayoi Kusama and Genichiro Inokuma.
Inokuma is a Japanese artist who was selected to present work at “The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture” exhibition organized by New York’s MoMA in 1966. He is also the designer of a very popular pattern titled “Hana-Hiraku (Flowers in Bloom),” which was originally commissioned as the first original wrapping paper for Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi. The pattern holds its timeless charm to this day and continues to be a highly recognizable design all around the world. The exhibitors on this occasion also include critically acclaimed European artist Daan van Golden, who discovered Japanese graphic traditions of pattern design during his stay in the country in the 1960s and later incorporated them into his own creative process. This exhibition brings together well-known works by Inokuma and Golden, which both portray the “Hana-Hiraku” motif. The exhibition also presents new works by Richard Rhys, a London-based artist who explores the possibilities of patterns in multiple media and made his name with his exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and other prestigious venues.
History has given birth to a variety of forms of “beauty,” as well as an assortment of value systems to gauge them, all of which represent tastes that are intrinsic to each time period and its inherent context. Within human creation, patterns can be said to be unique in their ubiquity, present in all geographical regions in diverse forms; sometimes as ornamental elements that constitute what came to be called art, and other times as pragmatic elements that give shape to signs and many other means of communication. This exhibition is pleased to present various patterns expressing what may be considered “universal beauty,” connecting art and our everyday life.