Global Pop Underground
[Image: ©YAR Courtesy of NANZUKA]
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Parco Museum Tokyo (Shibuya Parco 4F) is pleased to present “Global Pop Underground,” a group exhibition curated by the contemporary art gallery Nanzuka, based in Shibuya. Following the concept of “Tokyo Pop Underground,” which was held in the New York and Los Angeles spaces of Jeffery Deitch last year, this special exhibition reconfigures the global artist selection of the gallery from the perspective of “Underground.”
For example, there are Keiichi Tanaami’s Mandala-like paintings based on his own experiences of the war, the sexual and aggressive portraits of women painted by Harumi Yamaguchi in tow with the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s, Toshio Saeki’s 1970s drawing works that depict various sexual taboos, and Hajime Sorayama who continues to produce paintings that reflect human instinctive desires through using robots as a filter. These are the artists who produced works during the dawn of Japan’s avant-garde art, and had not come under the “fine art” spotlight until now due to the radical intensity of their practice.
In addition to legendary artists who have paved the way, the exhibition also introduces younger generations of artists such as Javier Calleja, a Spanish artist who depicts portraits of characters with huge eyes in a surrealistic manner while drawing influencing from Japanese manga; Haroshi, who creates wooden sculptural works using used skateboards as his materials through a distinct self-developed technique; Hiroki Tsukuda from the field of graphic design; Masato Mori, a Japanese artist whose practice traces back to graffiti; Oliver Payne, a British artist who has produced numerous conceptual works under the theme of punk as a virtual enemy against the vested interests that control contemporary society; and Todd James (Reas), an artist who represents the 90’s NY graffiti scene. Through presenting the works of artists with various backgrounds in illustration, design, manga, street art, underground culture and so on together in parallel, the exhibition serves to systematically illustrate the sheer diversity of present progressive art.