[Image: "Heart" (1976) silkscreen on paper]
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Ay-O started his rainbow series in 1963, creating foregrounds and backgrounds of stripes in the order of the light spectrum from red to purple. The artist went on to produce many other works featuring familiar motifs with rainbow stripes. A 1977 work exhibited at the former World Trade Center featured dangling rainbow-colored clothing; a 1987 rainbow cloth piece at the Eiffel Tower was one of several large-scale displays in a diverse, ongoing lifetime body of work.
Along with works from Ay-O’s rainbow series, this exhibition presents the thematically similar “Futatsu, Tai” (Two, Contrasts) series. These eight works are made up primarily of contrasting designs with two hearts or two people embracing. The plurality of these works’ titles (“Trees,” “Hearts,” etc.) emphasizes communication – singular forms would end in egotism. Also displayed are “Denen” and “Sora ni Nabiku Hana” (Flowers Fluttering in the Sky), two early works from before Ay-O’s move to America.
from January 29, 2018 to April 08, 2018