Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino

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Exhibition

Jan 201529 Apr 20154
10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.

Dominique Levy Gallery
909 Madison Ave
at 73rd St
New York, New York, 10021
United States

On exhibit 1/29/15-4/4/15
Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-6PM 

Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino is curated by Koichi Kawasaki, former director of Ashiya City Museum of Art and History in Japan. This exhibition places a group of 23 important abstract paintings made over the course of the fifty-year career of legendary Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga, in dialogue with a series of nine works from the 1990s by Satoru Hoshino, a prominent member of the avant-garde postwar Japanese ceramics group Sodeisha, the “Crawling through Mud Association,” founded by Kazuo Yagi (1918-1979) in Kyoto. Body and Matter invites new insights into Shiraga’s extraordinary oeuvre through juxtaposition with the art of another Japanese master of a parallel universe: clay. Although they were near contemporaries in Japan, Shiraga (1924-2008) and Hoshino (b. 1945) never met. The exhibition at Dominique Lévy marks the first time their work will be shown in juxtaposition, tracing the thread of the informe—the “formless”—in the radical and poetic work of two great postwar Japanese figures who exploited different mediums and created fresh art-historical dialogue through their innovative approaches to matter and individuation.

On view through April 4, the exhibition coincides with Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga, co-curated by Koichi Kawasaki with Gabriel Ritter, at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in Dallas, Texas. Also devoted to advancing exploration into the contributions of Shiraga, Kawasaki’s DMA show is the first to pair his art side-by-side with that of fellow Gutai artist Motonaga.

Body and Matter is accompanied by a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue, Body and Matter: Kazuo Shiraga | Satoru Hoshino, featuring poetic writings by both artists as well as original essays by curator Koichi Kawasaki and noted art historian John Rajchman. 

Dominique Lévy, in collaboration with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, is pleased to simultaneously publish the first definitive English-language monograph on Shiraga's work, Kazuo Shiraga. The publication offers leading research and scholarship on the work of Shiraga through several newly commissioned essays by Koichi Kawasaki, John Rajchman, Ming Tiampo, and Reiko Tomii. Also included is previously unpublished archival material pertaining to Shiraga's career and selected writings by Shiraga in English translation. 

Dominique Lévy gallery will present a parallel program of events in New York during the course of the exhibition, including a panel discussion with Koichi Kawasaki, Alexandra Munroe, Ming Tiampo, and Reiko Tomii, moderated by David Raskin, on February 12, 2015.

 

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