AKIRA YAMAGUCHI STEPPING BACK TO SEEK THE UNDERNEATH

NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Stepping back to seek the underneath 2014 pen, sumi (Japanese ink), watercolor on paper 36.6 x 28.9 cm ©YAMAGUCHI Akira, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

Stepping back to seek the underneath 2014 pen, sumi (Japanese ink), watercolor on paper 36.6 x 28.9 cm
©YAMAGUCHI Akira, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

From February 21st, the solo exhibition of “YAMAGUCHI Akira Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath” will start at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito. He is known for depicting figures, buildings and other motifs with exquisitely detailed brushwork reminiscent of the style of ukiyo-e or yamato-e. His works are exceptionally highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.

The exhibition’s title, ‘Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath’, expresses Yamaguchi’s unique perspective on both art and philosophy of life, while also evoking the composition of the exhibition itself: revealing the world of his art room by room, and hinting at the creation of his epic masterworks. As you stroll through the space, you feel that you have caught a glimpse of the artist’s thinking process.

You could experience the world of Yamaguchi Akira, overflowing with subtle wit which blends the present and the past, the ordinary and the extraordinary, into a perfect whole.

YAMAGUCHI Akira Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath
Date: February 21st – May 17th, 2015
Opening hour: 9:30 – 18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)
Place: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Address: 1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki-ken
Holidays: Mondays (except May 4, public holiday)
Admission: 800yen/600yen for advance booking and group of more than 20 people
Organized by Mito Arts Foundation
Cooperation: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Shinanoya, Co. Ltd., SHUEISHA HAPPY PLUS ART, OPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., Mizuma Art Gallery
Curated by Asai Toshihiro (Artistic Director, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
Tel: 029-227-8111
https://arttowermito.or.jp

Text: Aya Shomura

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