An Encounter of Two Colorists: David Hockney | Heihachiro Fukuda

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Left: David Hockney, Untitled No. 12 from The Yosemite Suite, Right: Heihachiro Fukuda Blue Flags

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This exhibition explores the affinities between two of the most celebrated Colorist painters of this century. David Hockney made his first trip to Japan in 1971 and visited the “Kyoto Nihonga No Seika (The Essence of Japanese-Style Painting in Kyoto)” exhibition at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, where he came across the work of Heihachiro Fukuda. This exhibition included Fukuda’s “Sazanami (Ripples)” and “Shinsetsu (Fresh Snow),” works with colors and compositions that amazed Hockney. He is said to have even proposed a Fukuda solo exhibition at Tate Gallery in London. Furthermore, influence from Fukuda’s works and other works of Japanese art could be recognized in several pieces Hockney made after his visit to Japan, such as “Snow” or “Rain” from his “Weather Series.”

Both Hockney and Fukuda have painted the reality of nature with such bold color field compositions that they transform figurative paintings to look almost like abstract paintings. Rather than depicting what is actually there, the focus is on color––a form interchangeable with appearance. This shift of consciousness from object to color may change our worldview. This exhibition highlights the dialogue between Eastern and Western aesthetics by juxtaposing Hockney’s “The Yosemite Suite” series made on his iPad with the six masterpieces by Fukuda, including “Blue flags.”

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from February 16, 2019 to March 30, 2019
11:00–14:30 on Feb. 16. Closed on February 25th and 26th.

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