Sunday, May 8, 2011

JAPAN x 3 exhibitions well worth a look

Eikoh Hosoe, Kamaitachi #17, 1965

1. Eikoh Hosoe: Theatre of Memory opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
This exhibition brings together four seminal series by Eikoh Hosoe. The series Butterfly Dream (1960-2005), Kamaitachi (1965-68) and Ukiyo-e projections (2002-03) will be exhibited in their entirety in the form of photo-scrolls, suggesting a new way of ‘reading’ his series as a continuous narrative. These three series all driven by Hosoe’s longstanding fascination for butoh and for its charismatic founders, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. In addition to these photo-scrolls, original prints from the acclaimed Embrace (1969-70) series will also be presented. The exhibition will be showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia from 12 May to 7 August 2011.

Koji Onaka, Tokyo

2. Koji Onaka and Shigeichi Nagano exhibition opening at Photo4 Gallery, Paris
This exhibition presents a quietly beautiful and truthful portrait of an often forgotten face of Japan through the lenses of Koji Onaka and Shigeichi Nagano. Both wanderers, with the freedom that brings, these two photographers through their roamings have each captured Japan in his own individual way. Their works, which combine people and landscapes, come together to reveal a fuller picture of the real Japan. The exhibition will be held at the Photo4 gallery in Paris from 19 May to 15 June 2011.

3. Eikoh Hosoe opening at Clair Galerie, Munich
In collaboration with Clair Galerie, Studio Equis presents a solo exhibition of the work of Eikoh Hosoe including original silver-gelatin prints from three of the artist's best-known series Barakei (Ordeal by Roses) (1961), Kamaitachi (1965-68) and Man and Woman (1959-60). The exhibition will be held at Clair Galerie in Munich, Germany from 7 June to 16 July 2011.

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