Selected Works: Kunié Sugiura / Tadaaki Kuwayama

When 2 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
Where Taka Ishii Gallery
23 East 67th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10065
United States

Taka Ishii Gallery New York is pleased to present historical works by Kunié Sugiura and Tadaaki Kuwayama. Both artists have been creating work in New York for over five decades and share a rebel spirit which led them to leave their homeland and join the highly active and progressive art community that thrived in New York City in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Kunié Sugiura ( b. in 1942, Nagoya) moved to New York after completing her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967. Creating a lifelong engagement with the medium of photography Kunié has pushed its boundaries since she first discovered the medium as an art student under the tutelage of Kenneth Josephson. Her career retrospective, Sugiura Kunié: Aspriring Experiments / New York in 50 Years, was held last year at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. The gallery is pleased to present four of Sugiura’s seminal photo-canvas, made between 1978 – 1980, which are her fusion of photography, painting, sculpture and the culture of the time they were made.

Tadaaki Kuwayama, ( b. in 1932, Nagoya) has consistently produced reductivist works since moving to New York in 1958. Widely recognized as one of the pioneers of American Minimalism of the 1960s, he had a solo exhibition at the Green Gallery in 1961. His status as a globally acclaimed Minimalist, however, is premised on the categorization of his art into styles such as “color field painting” and “monochrome painting” in relation to preexisting evaluation criteria. By exploring the material of his works with a spirit of experimentation, Kuwayama has, in fact, pursued unprecedented beauty. The four works on view are from 1966 and represent the artist’s groundbreaking approach to the canvas of highly labor intensive application of materials (layers upon layers of sprayed metal acrylic) which defy the smoothness. Kuwayama’s works are also currently on exhibition in Minimalism: Space. Light. Object at the National Gallery in Singapore.

Image courtesy of the organizer.

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