Group Show Explores ‘Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990’

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Noboru Tsubaki

In the group show “Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s,” Blum & Poe offers a survey of the country’s practitioners of two decades. “Part 1” is currently being held at the Los Angeles gallery, with Noboru Tsubaki, Yukinori Yanagi, and Tsuyoshi Ozawa are among the artists featured in the show. “Part 1” and “Part 2” are curated by Mika Yoshitake.


Noboru Tsubaki


Tsuyoshi Ozawa


Yukinori Yanagi


Tatsuo Miyajima

“‘Parergon’ brings together some of the most enigmatic works that were first generated during a rich two-decade period that are pivotal to the way we perceive and understand contemporary Japanese art today,” the gallery says. “In the aftermath of the conceptual reconsideration of the object and relationality spearheaded by Mono-ha in the 1970s, this era opened up new critical engagements with language and medium where artists explored expansions in installation, performance, and experimental multi-genre practices.”

See more works from the show below.


Shinro Ohtake


Daido Moriyama

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Opening THURSDAY, February 14, 6-8pm Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s Curated by Mika Yoshitake Part I: February 14-March 23, 2019 Part II: April 6-May 19, 2019 With partnering gallery: Nonaka-Hill, Los Angeles February 17–April 6, 2019 A selected survey exhibition of Japanese art of the 1980s and ‘90s, focusing on the themes of abject politics, transcending media, performativity, and satire and simulation, this show presents the work of over twenty-five visual artists in an array of media spanning painting, sculpture, duration performance, noise, video, and photography. This exhibition charts a bridge between the Japanese art historical territories the gallery has long championed and pursues the creative significance of the years between the milestones of Mono-ha and the Neo-Pop generation now synonymous with Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara. #parergon #mikayoshitake @nonakahillgallery

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PARERGON: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s A two-part exhibition curated by Mika Yoshitake Opening February 14 at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles Blum & Poe, Los Angeles Part I: February 14-March 23, 2019; Public opening: Thursday, February 14, 6-8pm Part II: April 6-May 19, 2019; Public opening: Saturday, April 6, 6-8pm Nonaka-Hill, Los Angeles February 17–April 6, 2019; Public opening: Sunday, February 17, 3-6pm Blum & Poe is pleased to announce PARERGON, a selected survey exhibition of Japanese art of the 1980s and '90s, curated by Mika Yoshitake. Focusing on the themes of abject politics, transcending media, performativity, and satire and simulation, this show will present the work of over twenty-five artists including Kodai Nakahara, Tatsuo Miyajima, Kazumi Nakamura, Yukie Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, and Yukinori Yanagi in an array of media spanning painting, sculpture, duration performance, noise, video, and photography. Parergon brings together some of the most enigmatic works that were first generated during a rich two-decade period that are pivotal to the way we perceive and understand contemporary Japanese art today. In the aftermath of the conceptual reconsideration of the object and relationality spearheaded by Mono-ha in the 1970s, this era opened up new critical engagements with language and medium where artists explored expansions in installation, performance, and experimental multi-genre practices. Parergon will take place in two parts at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, as well as partnering institutions, including an exhibition at Nonaka Hill, and performances at various venues by seminal figures of the Japanese noise, sound, and electro-acoustic genres — EYE, SAICOBAB, Keiji Haino, Yoshihide Otomo, and Ryoji Ikeda. A catalogue will be published for the occasion, with artist testimonials and new scholarship by Yoshitake and David Novak, author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press Books, 2013). More info @ blumandpoe.com #PARERGON #MikaYoshitake #LosAngeles Image: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, "Jizoing" (1993/2019)

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