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Hayashi

The Work of Tadaaki Kuwayama

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Buch. Hardcover

2014

136 S.

In englischer Sprache

Edition Axel Menges GmbH. ISBN 978-3-936681-80-2

Format (B x L): 25.6 x 30.7 cm

Gewicht: 1072 g

Produktbeschreibung

Tadaaki Kuwayama and his wife, the artist Rakuko
Naito, arrived in New York in 1958. Leaving
behind the traditions of Japanese »nihonga painting
«, they became part of the cutting edge of
the 1960s American art scene. A contemporary of
Minimalists such as Dan Flavin, Walter De Maria,
and Donald Judd, Kuwayama soon developed
his own distinctive style, typified by vivid fields of
paint juxtaposed in horizontal and vertical compositions,
as well as monochromatic canvases
subdivided by thin strips of chrome. Following
two solo exhibitions at the renowned Green Gallery
in 1961 and 1962, his work has been shown
until today in many important galleries and museums
throughout the world, not only in the USA,
but also in Germany, Switzerland, Israel, and in
his home country, Japan.
»In contrast to the painterly, dramatic style of
abstract expressionism, in Kuwayama¿s work we
see none of the emotional push of a Barnett Newman,
none of the tonal atmospheres of an Ad
Reinhardt. Kuwayama¿s paintings were daring in
their existence: completely stark. Each arrived at
through simplicity, clarity, and finally the richness
of their color augmented only when using reflective
metallic paints. As Kuwayama explained in a
1964 statement: ¿Ideas, thoughts, philosophy, reasons,
meanings, even the humanity of the artist,
do not enter into my work at all. There is only the
art itself. That is all.¿ Today Kuwayama¿s art retains
that spirit of purity. Steadfastly monochromatic,
the formula for these works remains linked
to his earlier compositions: single geometric elements
that are repeated to form a larger whole.
His use of metallic paint on canvas in the early
paintings of the ¿60s and ¿70s has given way to
works that use other materials such as aluminum
and titanium. Still a colorist at heart, Kuwayama
achieved the unique color of these paintings by
anodizing the metal, a chemical process that
dyes the surface of the metal so that it reflects
color (something of the 19th-century theories of
the French pointillists like Signac and Seurat
lingers here with color conceived as a scientific
principle). The intensity and luminosity of surface
colors change as the light on the painting shifts
or as the viewer alters his or her own position in
front of the painting.« Michael Klein on the exhibition
»Tadaaki Kuwayama« in the Museum of
Modern Art Hayama from 2012 to January 2013.

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