Basedonart is proud to present Takako Saito‘s „You and Me Shop,“ a compilation of artists‘ books and a selection of never-before-seen works from the 1950s and 1960s. The latter originated mainly in Japan, belonging to a large body of abstract paintings, watercolors, collages, and etchings that showcase the artist’s delicate handwriting. Moreover, they reflect the influence of artists like Ei-Q (Hideo Sugita) and highlight Saito’s largely unnoticed, yet significant contribution to painterly trends in post-war Japan.
“Road to documenta fifteen” is a prelude to the presentation of Takashi Kuribayashi and Rai Shizuno (Cinema Caravan) in Kassel in 2022. The project in Düsseldorf sets the ground for the exploration led by Takashi Kuribayashi and Rai Shizuno on the German grounds
We dedicate the 2nd exhibition of „Resonances of DiStances“ to the work of Shigeko Kubota (1937-2015) and Hanae Utamura (1980-).
Both artists are or were inspired by the relationships between nature, technology and the human being – the transfusion of the organic with the artificial. In a poetic yet unsparing manner, the works exhibited at basedonart explore the ephemeral.
Resonances of DiStances kicks off with the exhibition and urban space project by Yoshio Shirakawa. Shirakawa was born in 1948 in Kitakyushu. He came to Europe in 1970 and studied philosophy and art in Strasbourg, Paris and Karlsruhe. In 1976 Shirakawa moved to Düsseldorf, where he studied at the Art Academy with Günter Uecker.
In the late Edo (1853 – 1867) and early Meiji period (1868 – 1912) the art of Japanese woodblock printmaking, similar to later press photography, served as a documentation of current political events.
Among all the animals that still exist today, and which are the subject of human imagination, the bat occupies a peculiar position. It probably owes this primarily to the fact that, although it is a mammal, it can fly like a bird; secondly, that its appearance is tied to twilight and night time.
On the occasion of this year’s düsseldorf photo+, basedonart gallery is dedicating a solo exhibition to the Japanese artist Hiroh Kikai. Born in 1945, Kikai has carried out an ongoing series of portraits in the Asakusa district of Tokyo since the 1970s.
There is more to an object than meets the eye. This is a claim central to Jane Bennett’s theory of vital materialism. In her essay “The Force of Things”, the American political theorist and philosopher explores the subject-object relationship as a way of enlivening the debate over what materiality is and does.
Japan-born artist Shigeko Kubota (1937-2015) is a pioneer of video art. Her work is characterized by great emotional depth and poetic acumen. Coming from a family of Japanese monks and temple guards, she studied sculpture at Tokyo University of Education, where she received her diploma in 1960.
Anna Friedel is traveling time and space. In her work, pop culture and art historical research spirit meet. In the various genres of art Friedel looks for connections and flaws alike. Her ingredients are diverse light, wax, plastic, sand and canvas are among her materials. The choice of her colors is pop.