Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition
[Image: Kazuki Yasuo "Book" oil on canvas, 53 x 33.5 cm]
This event has ended.
Solo exhibition by Yasuo Kazuki, a post-war artist who used oil paint to produce works in a Western style. The show follows on from the exhibition of works by Seiji Chokai held at the gallery in May 2017. Both of these exhibitions look to revisit the origins of post-war art, which share a commonality in the use of matière, or matter.
Kazuki was born in Misumi-cho, in Yamaguchi prefecture in 1911 and in 1931 entered the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakkou (present day Tokyo University of the Arts) to study under Takeji Fukishima. His internment experience in Siberia after defeat in the Second World War would prove to have a definitive influence on his art, and after he returned to Japan in 1947, he began his artistic career the following year in his home in Misumi-cho, where he would live and work for the rest of his life.
From around 1953, Kazuki began to use fewer colors in his paintings, and following his journey to Europe in 1958, he discovered a new material by mixing charcoal powder with oil paint, eliminating its luster. These earth-colored paints on canvas became a characteristic of his style. After 1959, large canvases greater than 116.7 × 91 cm were reserved for his Siberia series, a theme that endured until his death in 1974.
After the war, as there was an influx of avant-garde techniques to Japan, artists were beginning to simultaneously recognize global perspectives and approaches unique to Japan. While there is a difference between the work of Kazuki, who was directly involved in the Second World War, and Chokai, who was slightly his senior, a clear similarity can also be observed. This exhibition examines the development of post-war art, which arrived at abstraction through déformer, or deforming, encouraging us to consider the succession of memory through art.
from January 20, 2018 to February 24, 2018