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Shigeru Izumi 1960-70's

June 4 - 24, 2018
11:00-19:00 Closed on Tue, Wed
*Open | June 20 (wed) (rescheduled for temporary closure on 18th)
Yoshimi Arts

■Gallery Talk (Japanese)
Masahiro Yasugi (the head researcher of the National Museum of Art, Osaka)
June 9, 15:00- free, no reservation required


Yoshimi Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition "Shigeru Izumi 1960-70's".

Shigeru Izumi was born in Osaka in 1922. He established the avant-garde art group "Demokrato Artists Association" together with Ei-Q and other artists in 1951.
In 1957, received the Newcomer's Award at the 1st International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo. From 1959, he spent about a decade in New York and had experienced the transition of the art scene from abstract expressionism to pop art. He then crossed the ocean to Paris in 1963. The art informel movement was developing at the time, ushering his creative activity right away after settling in Paris. He had an opportunity to present his works, and his works have also become the collection of Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

His return in 1970 was welcomed especially by the Osaka University who had appointed him as a professor. After spending 9 years in New York and Paris, Izumi had started to produce new works using an air compressor at the university. 

In this exhibition, we introduce a dozen of his paintings made during his time in Paris from 1963 to 1968 as well as the time until he started using an air compressor at the beginning of 1970's. 


image | "FGP2018" 1968 oil on canvas 727×530mm(P20)


"FM8xx"(tentative) 1967 oil on canvas 461×271mm(M8)



Shigeru Izumi
1922 Born in Osaka City.
1939 Graduated from Craft and Design Course, Osaka City Kogei School
1951 Established "Democratic Artists Association" (~'57)
1959 Vsited to America and became a guest professor of the print factory "Pratt Institute" in New
  York (~'62)
1963 Immigrated to Paris (~'68)
1970 Became a professor at Fine Arts Department, Osaka University of Arts (~'92)
1995 DIed.
Exhibitions (lifetime)
1957 "The 1st Tokyo Internatilnal Print Biennale"(Won the Newcomer's Award)
  "The 4th Bienal Internacional de Artes de São Paulo" (Brazil)
1965 "The Japanese New Painting and Sculpture" (circulated eight museums In the U.S.A. including
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York) (~'67)
1975 "Art Now’75」 (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art)
1978 "Series 'Today's Artist', Shigeru Izumi -after 1963-" (Osaka Prefectural Gallery)
1980 "Shigeru Izumi Solo Exhibition" (Ban Gallery/Osaka) (※'81, '84, '87, '92, '93, '94)
1983 "Kansai Artists Series 1, Waichi Tsutaka・Shigeru Izumi・Hideo Yoshihara (The Museum of

Modern Art, Wakayama)

1986 "Ei-Q and the surroundings"」 (circulated three museums including The Museum of Modern
  Art, Saitama)
1993 "Sadajiro Kubo and artists - postwar, early prints" (Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

"Kansai Art 1950's~1970's」 (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art )

Exhibitions (retrospective)
1996 "Shigeru Izumi" (Itami City Museum of Art/Hyogo)
1998 "Shigeru Izumi-Early prints" (The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)
1999 「DEMOKRATO 1951 ~ 1957 -The Liberation of Art in Pstwar Japan―」 (circulated three
  museums including The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)
2005 "IZUMI Shigeru: a retrospective" ( The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)
2006 "Photographs of Shigeru Izumi" (The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga)
2012 "Shigeru Izumi Special Exhibition" (Sakai City Cultural Hall Gallery/Osaka)
2015 "Prints Taravelogue of Shigeru Izumi on the 20th anniversary of his death" (BB Plaza Museum
  of Art/Hyogo)
2016 "Prints of Shigeru Izumi"(The Tokushima Modern Art Museum)
2017 "Handsome Heart, Handsome Art: The World of Izumi Shigeru" (The Museum of Modern Art,
  Shigeru Izumi "PAINTINGS 1971-93" (Yoshimi Arts, the three konohana/Osaka)
*including the titles traslated by us
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Itami City Museum of Art;
Osaka City Museum of Modern Art; Osaka Prefecture; Sakai City; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art;
The Tokushima Modern Art Museum; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo;
The Museu of Modern Art, Saitama; Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum;
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto;
Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Arts