The Estate of Katsuro Yoshida “cut-off – Katsuro Yoshida”

2018 年 4 月 20 日(金)より、Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku にて、吉田克朗の個展「cut-off」を開催いたします。

吉田克朗は(1943-1999)、1968 年から 70 年代にかけて、木材や鉄板、石や紙といった素材を組み合わせた立体作品を 集中的に制作し、「第 8 回現代日本美術展」(1968 年、東京都美術館)、「現代美術の動向」(1969 年、京都国立近代美術 館)や「現代美術の一断面」(1970 年、東京国立近代美術館)と言った 60 年代末~70 年代にかけて戦後の現代美術の状 況を見せる重要な展覧会に出品しました。また同時期に風景や人物のスナップ写真を使ったシルクスクリーンやフォトエ ッチングの制作を始め、1970 年に開催された「第 1 回ソウル国際版画ビエンナーレ」(徳寿宮現代美術館)では大賞を受 賞し、1971 年には「パリ青年ビエンナーレ」(パルク・フローラル)に参加をします。1980 年代からは絵画の制作を始 め、人体の一部をモチーフにした《かげろう》シリーズや直接手で描いた《触》シリーズを制作するなど、吉田の好奇心は尽きることなく 1999 年に亡くなるまで新しい世界を見せるための挑戦をし続けました。

2000 年以降、欧米では戦後の日本美術の研究が盛んになりますが、本展では、そうした動向の一つとして「もの派」を 問い直す重要な展覧会となった、「Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha」(2012 年、Blum & Poe / Gladstone Gallery) にも出品された《Cut-off 18》を展示いたします。また、写真を使ったシルクスクリーンの初期作品を始め、絵画作品からも一部、合わせてご紹介いたします。立体と平面という二つの表現を通じて吉田克朗が追い求めたテーマとはなんだったのか。この機会にご高覧ください。

なお、本展の開催に合わせて山本雅美氏(船橋市教育委員会学芸員)に論考を寄せていただき研究冊子を刊行いたします。 4月28 日(土)には山本雅美氏と平野到氏(埼玉県立近代美術館学芸員)によるトークイベントも開催いたします。長年、吉田克朗を研究されてきたお二方のお話を聞くことのできる大変貴重な機会となりますので、ぜひご参加いただければと存じます。

Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku is pleased to present cut-off, a solo show of Katsuro Yoshida from Friday, April 20, 2018.

Katsuro Yoshida (1943-99) focused on the creation of three dimensional works composed of materials like wood, iron sheets, stones and paper from 1968 to the 1970s, and exhibited in important shows of the late sixties and the seventies that presented the state of contemporary art in the post-war era such as: The 8th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (1968); Trends in Contemporary Art at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (1969); and August 1970: Aspects of New Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1970.) Around the same time, he also began working on screenprints and photo etchings using the snapshots of landscapes and people, which led him to receive the Grand Prize at The 1st International Biennale Exhibition of Prints held at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea in Seoul (1970) and participate in The 7th Paris Youth Biennale at Parc Floral de Paris (1971.) From the 1980s onwards, he began paintings and worked on a series titled Heat Haze whose imagery was inspired by human body parts, as well as a hand-painted series titled Touching and other works. He exhibited inexhaustible artistic interest that enabled him to continue his experiments in presenting a new world view until his death in 1999.

Post-war Japanese art has been avidly studied in the West since the year 2000. This show will present the work titled Cut-off 18 which was included in Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (Blum & Poe / Gladstone Gallery, 2012,) an important show that re-examined Mono-ha as part of the aforementioned endeavors. Also exhibited are the artist’s early screenprints created using photography and some of his paintings. We hope that this show will give people an opportunity to get the idea of the subject of his pursuit carried out through both three dimensional and two dimensional expressions.

In conjunction with the exhibition, we will publish a research book written by Ms. Masami Yamamoto (Curator of Art, Funabashi City Board of Education). There is also going to be a special talk by Ms. Yamamoto and Mr. Itaru Hirano (Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama) on Saturday, April 28. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the two people that have long engaged in the study of Yoshida Katsuro discuss the topic.

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