Friday, January 28, 2022
Home Curator’s Eye Different gazes, each from a different distance.

Different gazes, each from a different distance.

“Gaze and Distance” at KOTARO NUKAGA The Installation View of “Gaze and Distance” (2019) ©KOTARO NUKAGA, Courtesy of KOTARO NUKAGA Have you ever seen an exhibition of historical and contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne? The Tokyo gallery KOTARO NUKAGA just held such an exhibition this month. The gallery held a group exhibition, “Gaze and Distance,” featuring nude paintings from the early 20th century to the present. As interesting as the theme was, the list of participating artists was also interesting. In addition to familiar artists such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Egon Schiele, other artists representing the 20th century such as Tom Wesselmann, Keith Haring, and Marlene Dumas participated in the exhibition. Also on the list were three Japanese artists: Tsuguharu Fujita, Makoto Saito, and Yukimasa Ida. Knowing that Yukimasa Ida, one of the up-and-coming Japanese artists, is only 29 years old, one can understand how fresh the list was for this exhibition. With the theme of “Nude Painting,” this exhibition allowed us to enjoy both contemporary and historical works in the context of art history. According to the gallery, tracing the history of nude painting is the same as looking back at the history of art, which is the evolution of art. Diverse depictions of the body have developed as the beginning of modern art after the end of academism in the 20th century. It begins with Cézanne. Cézanne’s style of nude painting was distinct from other artists of his time. He deliberately used the body as one of the pictorial elements for the composition of the entire work. His famous “Bathers” series, in which he used the triangular structure to stabilize the composition and harmonize the figures with the landscape, earned him the nickname of the father of modern art. After expanding his range of physical depiction, various artistic movements were born, including Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, and Dada. For example, it is widely known that Pablo Picasso was inspired by Cézanne’s series of bathhouses to create The Young Women of Avignon. The Installation View of “Gaze and Distance” (2019) ©KOTARO NUKAGA, Courtesy of KOTARO NUKAGA The Installation View of “Gaze and Distance” (2019) ©KOTARO NUKAGA, Courtesy of KOTARO NUKAGA The Installation View of “Gaze and Distance” (2019) ©KOTARO NUKAGA, Courtesy of KOTARO NUKAGA If Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Egon Schiele are considered contemporaries of the 19th and 20th centuries, artists born after 1930 are Tom Wesselmann, Keith Haring, and Marlene Dumas. Wesselmann and Haring, in particular, are from New York City, which became the new center of the art scene after World War II. The art movement that represented New York at the time was called “Pop Art,” and it typically depicted the body in the context of mass production and image consumption. Wesselmann’s work also shows the characteristics of Pop Art. There is an old saying that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, but in his works, figures without eyes seem to have no soul. There is no gaze of the model, but there is the gaze of the heterosexual man and the audience. Finally, alongside the historical Western artists on display, we can see the names of Japanese artists. Makoto Saito, Tsuguharu Fujita, and Yukimasa Ida. Focusing on their works, we can see the state of nude painting in modern and contemporary art. In particular, the depiction and expression of their respective nude paintings were distinctive and striking. For example, Fujita’s delicate ink outlines and the intensive depiction of female genitalia in Saito’s works seem to have been based on computer-processed images of photographs taken during sexual intercourse. Another up-and-coming artist, Yukimasa Ida, is attracting international attention for his quick and intensive portraits of people he has met in his life. He paints not only people he has met in person, but also those he has met indirectly, such as historical figures, including those who have appeared in art history. Through the “Gaze and Distance” exhibition, I was able to think about the nude body from various perspectives, including how we have represented it as an “artist’s” gaze and how we have looked at it as a “viewer’s” gaze. Also, the gaze of the “model,” which has sometimes been deleted and expressed in a limited way. By following the various gazes, the exhibition allowed us to understand the context of past and contemporary art, and to find new possibilities for physical expression from these artists. “Gaze and Distance” at KOTARO NUKAGA DATES: Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Saturday, December 7, 2019) Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Tue, Wed, Thu + Sat) 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Friday) Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays. Free admission. Article written by: Jeongeun Jo Born in Korea, lives in Japan. One of the members of TRiCERA, she graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She is also an artist herself.

Shinzo Okuokahttps://www.tricera.net/
Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. After studying Indian philosophy at university, he worked at a publishing company as a deputy editor of an art magazine and a shrine magazine, where he was involved in planning and editing magazines and books. 2019 he joined TRiCERA, a start-up company, where he was in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own on-demand media. He is also in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own owned media. He is a fast writer, and when he was working for a magazine, he was able to write 150 pages in a month by himself.

Most Popular

You Might Like

Lunar New Year 2022 Collection

With Lunar New Year approaching soon, let's clean up our homes and refresh them with new decorative elements to welcome a fresh start! Art has...

Between Phenomena and Imagination – Art Photography Special

Unlike painting, the expression of photography, which conforms to actual objects and things, is characterized by the fact that it is subject...

Six points to know about deityparty

Deityparty draws pictures of cute girls with simple designs that look like characters, but on the contrary, many of her works are about the...

Art for your bedside – 3D artworks to look out for

Of course, it is up to the individual to decide where to place art in their home, but how about placing it by the...

An Interview with Yuta Okuda on Painting Sincerity and Self-Projection

There is no lie in what I am doing," says yuta okuda. We talked to the painter, who uses miniature painting and India ink,...

Don't Miss

Eternal creative energy, a key force in being an artist

Ohira Susumu's solo exhibition (2019) by Ohira Susumu at Gallery Hinoki.   One of TRiCERA's featured artists, Ohira Susumu, is holding a solo exhibition at Gallery...

Koalanov – A girl with the charm of animation and realism

Koalanov, a young Filipino artist, uses the iPad to create semi-realistic to animated drawings. Her works depict fascinating characters and are rendered in warm...

Quick Insight vol.1 – yuta okuda-

Active on the Asian art scene in Japan and Taiwan, yuta okuda attempts to depict and affirm the beauty of the natural order through...

What is art in the age of traveling to the stars?

The history of constellations dates back to about 5,000 years ago. They are said to have been created by Mesopotamian shepherds who connected the...

Feature Post

The Reason Why We, Millennials, Should Buy Modern Art

We shape a more sophisticated future. We Millennials, including myself born in 1988, are like a hybrid of Phoebe and Rachel from FRIENDS. How?...

Mano Okaaki|Painting for Speech. Abstract paintings that reveal a primitive narrative.

Born in Shiga Prefecture in 1976, Mano started his career in 2006 based in his birthplace. He studied at Kyoto University of Arts, and...

From Tomio Koyama Gallery to MAHO KUBOTA: Exhibitions to Visit in July

 With life as it was before the outbreak of the new coronavirus, many industries around the world are responding to the "new normal". In...

Hiroki Takeda: Inhabiting the World of Animals in Vivid Watercolors

I fell in love with the beauty of watercolors, and since then I have been trying to create colors that only I can create.   Hiroki...

Editor's Choice