Akira Yamaguchi “Muromachi Resonance”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

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[Image: Akira Yamaguchi "Muromachi vibration" (2016) pencil on paper, pen, watercolour, 28.8 x 19.2 cm]

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Akira Yamaguchi’s recent string of exhibitions include shows at Art Tower Mito, Kirishima Open Air Museum, the Equine Museum of Japan, and the Ehime Museum of Art (through Nov. 20, 2016). His spectacular career also includes the book “Strange Japanese History,” for which he received the Hideo Kobayashi Prize for literature, and a 5.4 x 7.7-meter wall mural for the Fujisan World Heritage Center in Yamanashi this year. Long fascinated with the styles and compositions of classical Nihonga painting, Yamaguchi creates works finding resonance in art from the Muromachi period through the 20th century and beyond.

In his new pieces on display here, Yamaguchi adds depth to the two-dimensional motifs of work by the 15th century Zen painter Sesshu through layering. He renders the intoxicating and space-dividing effects of gold foil seen in the sliding door paintings of the Kanno school with the sensuality of a Cezanne painting. He incorporates construction sites and electrical poles into his works – imagery such as mecha machinery, the Tokyo monorail, and the Katsura Imperial Villa all add to the excitement of his compositions, these seemingly disparate subjects afforded equal value in a subconsciously natural harmony . Mizuma Art Gallery presents Yamaguchi’s paintings, sculptures, and installations.

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Opening reception
Events Dates: November 2 (Wed) 18:00-20:00

Akira Yamaguchi Talk
Event Dates: December 17 (Sat) 14:00-15:00
Venue: Kagura Salon, 2nd floor (next to Mizuma Art Gallery)
Kagura Building, 3−13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Admission: Free

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from November 02, 2016 to December 17, 2016

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Akira Yamaguchi

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