Arisa Kumagai “Leisure Class”

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[Image: Arisa Kumagai, “Domestic Minimal World” (2014) oil painting 145.5 x 227.3 cm]

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In the first solo show of her young career, Arisa Kumagai presents new works from the “Versace Series”, first began in 2014. This series, one of the most provocative of her oeuvre, presents family ties in an uncompromising close up the masculine figure. Behind the title of the show “Leisure Class”, is the theory of Thorstein Veblen, published in 1899, critiquing consumer society in which the wealthy section of the population, do not consume for the purpose of utility but rather to show one’s social status. Arisa Kumagai gives her own interpretation of this theory through a homage to Versace, a brand which dominated the Bubble era, particularly in Osaka (the city of the artist), later to be near forgotten and now yet again undergoing a revival. Here she mixes this critique with elements of her personal background, directly confronting her past and present, bringing her to the next level in her career.

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from June 26, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Opening Reception on 2015-06-26 from 17:00

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Arisa Kumagai

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