Confronting Eyes

Taro Okamoto Memorial museum

poster for Confronting Eyes

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Taro Okamoto started his career as a “western-style” painter, but the subjects of his paintings differed greatly from those commonly used by other western-style artists. This is because he did not use any of the usual western-style genres, such as landscapes, portraits, still-lifes or nudes. What can be said beyond all doubt is that he painted living things. Taro Okamoto was an artist who painted life.
It is impossible to say what his paintings depict simply by looking at them. However, one motif is clear. That is “eyes.” Taro’s paintings always contain eyes. Moreover, a lot of them possess multiple eyes. In particular, one subject that appears repeatedly is that of “confronting eyes.” Two lives conversing, glaring and laughing together. Then suddenly, the multiple eyes are filled with life, crowding together to glare at the viewer. This exhibition features works depicting confrontational living things to provide an overview of the genre.



from September 30, 2020 to March 14, 2021


Taro Okamoto



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