Art as It Is: Expressions from the Obscure

The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts

poster for Art as It Is: Expressions from the Obscure

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“Art As It Is: Expressions from the Obscure” features artists, with and without disabilities, who are independently creating their own worlds without formal training or reference to existing art and fashions. Self-taught artists gained widespread attention in the early twentieth century. Their works provided new artistic discoveries and the inspiration for a new era that shook the existing art world. The need for such artists remains the same; if anything, even more so today. They have an independence and diversity that is a source of creative inspiration not just for the artistic world, but for the wider community. Their art has an important cultural role, bringing diversity and asking fundamental questions about what it means to be human. “Art As It Is” presents approximately 200 works from a total of 25 self-taught artists who have gained recognition in Japan and elsewhere around the globe in recent years. Shown with images of the artists going about their daily lives, the works on display have been featured on two NHK Educational TV programs: “Expressions from the Obscure,” which has been on air since 2017, and the documentary series “no art, no life.”

Artists: Hanako Imamura / Momoka Imura / Fumiko Okura / Masashi Kanasaki / Kenji Kawakami /Tomihisa Ki / Moriya Kishaba / CANKTLE / Norimitsu Kokubo / Akira Komoriya / Ikuyo Sakamoto /Reiko Sawai / Shinichi Sawada / Takashi Shuji / Atsushi Sugiura / Marie Suzuki / Sachie Takada /Megumu Cho / Reiichi Hayashida / Makoto Fukui / Yuki Fujioka / Takanori Herai /Hironobu Matsumoto / Masami Yamagiwa / Yoshihiro Watanabe



from July 23, 2020 to September 06, 2020
By appointment only. Please visit official website for the details. Exhibition Hours: 10:00-17:00. Open on August 10. Closed on August 11.



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