Jiro Takamatsu - Stephen Friedman Gallery

Jiro Takamatsu - Stephen Friedman Gallery

Jiro Takamatsu
‘In the Form of Square’ 1972
Pencil, gouache on Kent paper
38.3 x 38.5cm
(15 1/8 x 15 1/4in)

Image © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu, Tokyo, Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo, and McCaffrey Fine Art, New York.


Our design team are delighted to be creating a bespoke framing solution for the first London solo presentation of work by Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu, on display at Stephen Friedman Gallery this summer!

With a career spanning over three decades, Takamatsu has been the focus of major solo retrospectives in Japan, has represented his country at the Venice Biennale and has also exhibited at the Paris and Sao Paulo Biennales to name a few. The artist is famed for his involvement in diverse movements such as Hi Red Center, an experimental art collective that staged ‘guerrilla style Happenings in vibrant gestures of anti-art’ and Mono-ha, which celebrated the use of natural materials and objects.

This collection will showcase rare, previously unseen works on paper alongside his celebrated Shadow Paintings dating from 1967-97. The series depicts ‘absence’, the invisible and the non-existent, forcing viewers to question their own perspective. The drawings and book designs provide a unique insight into Takamatsu’s development as an artist, particularly his experimentation with ‘the malleability of form to highlight the artifice of pictorial space’. These simple works recall a period of exploration into optical illusion and visual ambiguity.

‘Complimenting a revival of interest in Japanese avant-garde art, the exhibition offers a timely re-evaluation of this pioneer of Conceptual art who sought to manifest the world beyond our everyday reality’ Stephen Friedman Gallery

The exhibition runs 11th June - 20th July, 2013 and is well worth a visit.

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