This retrospective is devoted to Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu (1938-1998) is not only structured around Takamatsu's paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works but also provides a reexamination of his drawings, book and magazine designs, illustrations, and documentary photographs. The exhibition also places special emphasis on the way in which the drawings Takamatsu made on a daily basis exerted a subtle and comprehensive effect on his practice; how the artist viewed his book designs and illustrations as opportunities to present a special type of work; and attempts to understand the actual conditions surrounding Takamatsu's creative process based on works that are only extant in documentary form.
The exhibition includes approximately 90 paintings, three-dimensional objects, and prints, 280 drawings, 40 books, magazines, and illustrations, and 40 documentary photographs. Using a timeline, the event focuses on almost annual shifts in Takamatsu's practice to shed light on the process of change and expansion in his art, which would be difficult to understand based solely on his widely known completed works.
Beginning in the mid-'60s, Takamatsu won a succession of awards in domestic exhibitions and represented Japan in foreign events such as the Venice Biennale (1968) and Documenta (1977).
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