Art Fair Tokyo 2019
Yoshimi Arts
"Shigeru Izumi


Yoshimi Arts
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Art Fair Tokyo 2019
No.G48 Yoshimi Arts
"Shigeru Izumi"

Mar 7 (thu), 2019
13:00-14:00 Press View
14:00-16:00 Private View
16:00-20:00 Vernissage
Mar 9 (fri) 11:00-20:00 Public View
Mar 10 (sat) 11:00-20:00 Public View
Mar 11 (sun) 11:00-17:00 Public View
Hall E, Tokyo International Forum

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Yoshimi Arts is pleased to announce that the gallery will be participating in “Art Fair Tokyo” to be held at the Tokyo International Forum. Yoshimi Arts has been selected again for the “Galleries” section of the fair, and will be showing the works of Shigeru Izumi at the booth.
Shigeru Izumi is an artist representative of post-war Osaka. In 1951, he founded the Democratic Artists Association with Ei-Q, to create a framework for democratic art. In 1959 he went to New York, and his work shifted from his surrealistic narrative style to an abstraction of the peacock, which was a recurring motif in his work. In 1963 he moved to France, where he focused even more on abstraction and matiere, while also completing his blue work, which sought to create painting through automatic means. This stoic production continued throughout his lifetime, allowing him to achieve an advanced level of abstract painting which differed from the expressionist style of Japanese artists during that time.
In this exhibition we will be presenting works from his blue series created in France in 1963, his large-scale work from 1994, created as if his intention was to simply enjoy after all his years of thorough experimentation, and works showing the progression between the two moments in his career. The Gutai Movement is often the focal point of post-war Japanese art, but there have been several peripheral movements, artists, and groups, and this exhibition seeks to revisit these.  

right image | 《CS5073》 1963 oil on canvas 985×980mm


《cloud-shape》(tentative) 1993 acrylic on canvas 1818×2273mm(F150)


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 Visited 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 International Print Biennale"(won the Newcomer's Award)
  "The 4th Bienal International 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 /Tokyo)
1994 "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 Postwar 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 Travelogue 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, Wakayama)
  Shigeru Izumi "PAINTINGS 1971-93" (Yoshimi Arts, the three konohana/Osaka)
2018 "Shigeru Izumi 1960-70s" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
*including the titles translated 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 Museum 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 Art