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Artist Talk: Tadaaki Kuwayama

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ARTIST TALK: TADAAKI KUWAYAMA

Tadaaki Kuwayama is a leading Minimalist artist who moved from Japan to New York in the late 1950s. There, he developed a style that rejected both the Japanese nihonga tradition and Abstract Expressionism. He joined the ranks of Donald Judd, Frank Stella and Dan Flavin who were at the forefront of new aesthetic directions in art. In this dialogue between Kuwayama and curator Russell Storer, hear first-hand about his engagement with key Minimalist artists in New York in the 1960s and experiences as a Japanese artist working in the United States at the time.




ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tadaaki Kuwayama graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1956, having studied nihonga, a traditional form of Japanese painting. Together with his wife, artist Rakuko Naito, he moved to the United States in 1958, around the same time as Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono. After settling in New York, Kuwayama eschewed both traditional Japanese painting and Abstract Expressionism, which dominated contemporary art, and instead associated with American artists such as Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. Kuwayama soon developed his own distinctive reductive style, typified by vivid fields of paint juxtaposed in horizontal and vertical compositions, as well as monochromatic canvases bisected by thin strips of chrome. Kuwayama has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at venues such as the Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya; Ingolstadt, Bavaria and the National Museum of Art, Osaka. His work has been presented in group shows at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.




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Date: Saturday 17 November 2018, 4pm-5pm
Venue: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, City Hall Wing, Level B1




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