Saturday, June 13, 2009

Japan at 40. Art Basel

This is briefly how Japanese contemporary art looked like at Art Basel. Beneath the best of art dealers choice which this year were Tomio Koyama, Taka Ishii, SCAI the Bathhouse, Gallery Koyanagi and ShugoArts. 

Ei Arakawa, c/o Grand Openings, Grand Openingsat Bumbershoot, 2008, performance
Shintaro Miyake, A torture of forest, 2009, acrylic, color pencil, pencil on paper

Daido Moriyama, Hokkaido, 1978/2009, black and white print
Tatsuo Miyajima
, C.F.Lifestructurism - no.13, 2009, LED, IC, electric wire

Daisuke Ohba, UROBOROS(woods), 2008, acrylic on cotton

Noriko Ambe, Cutting Book Series with ED Ruscha "Artists who make pieces, Artists who do books", 2008,
Cuts on a book of "ED Ruscha"

Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Model-Leopard, 2008, mixed media

2 comments:

Tokyo said...

Thanks for the updates on Japanese art. :-)

Some of the most attention getting Japanese works at Basel, from the pictures and blogs I've seen, seem to be the Nara house and the Murakami collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Then again, anything those two do will almost always get attention.

As far as other Japanese galleries at Basel, you didn't mention Shugoarts. This year they supposedly brought works by Mitsuhiro Ikeda, Teppei Kaneuji, Yukio Fujimoto, Naofumi Maruyama, Kazuna Taguchi, and Tomoko Yoneda.

Also, speaking of Mitsuhiro Ikeda, he will have a solo show at ShugoArts space in Tokyo later this month.

polish emerging curator said...

Thanks for the comment! Indeed I missed Shugoarts which seems to have quite interesting offer. I skipped Murakami and Nara on purpose as they are represented by foreign dealers and they've been present on Art Basel ever since they become Japanese export artists ;-))