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No.048 A new experimental space in Roppongi Nobuyoshi Araki 'Theater of Love', installation view at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Feb. 18 - Mar. 26, 2011 Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery / Photo by Kenji Takahashi
Taka Ishii Gallery Representative: Takayuki Ishii
Taka Ishii Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art. Its owner, Takayuki Ishii, opened a new gallery in Roppongi in February. This time he told us about upcoming events at his new space, as well as an artistic movement he is currently interested in.

Introducing the Works of Japanese Photographers from before and after World War II

I opened my new space, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, in Roppongi in February with an exhibition of the works of Nobuyoshi Araki. At the same time, I hosted an exhibition of the works of Nakaji Yasui at my gallery in Kyoto. While the historical value of the photographs and negatives created by Japanese photographers just before and after World War II is well recognized, most museums have not yet started to collect such works. Examples of these are prints by Shomei Tomatsu, prints and negatives by Seiryu Inoue – who is most well-known for his street snaps of Osaka and Kamagasaki – and vintage prints from 1975 to 1979 by Seiji Kurata. I hope to put such works on display at the new space. I also think it would be great to put on screenings of experimental films.

Nobuyoshi Araki 《Theater of Love》 c.1965 B & W Print 12.1×16.4 cm

Nakaji Yasui 《( gaze )》 1931 Gelatin silver print Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

Left: Nobuyoshi Araki 《Theater of Love》 c.1965 B & W Print 12.1×16.4 cm
Right: Nakaji Yasui 《( gaze )》 1931 Gelatin silver print Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

Shining the Spotlight on Performance Art Using New Forms of Expression

Recently I am paying attention to emerging artists who express themselves through performance art. Among them are those whose current work has been influenced by the performance art of the 1970s. For example, artists active overseas such as Ei Arakawa or Aki Sasamoto. These artists are combining performance art and installations, collaborating with artists in other genres and expressing themselves in ways different from the performance art of the 1970s. Additionally, recently these artists have been creating works with other artists or working in groups. Although one might say that this is a generational movement among artists born in the 1970s, it is influencing many generations, and we are seeing the mixing of many different forms of expression. I think it's interesting.

Ei Arakawa & Karl Holmqvist 《pOEtry pArk》 2010 Commissioned by Frieze Foundation for Frieze Projects 2010 Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery / Photo by Polly Braden
Ei Arakawa & Karl Holmqvist 《pOEtry pArk》 2010
Commissioned by Frieze Foundation for Frieze Projects 2010
Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery / Photo by Polly Braden

Takayuki Ishii Takayuki Ishii

Went to the United States in 1982. Studied at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After returning to Japan, opened the Taka Ishii Gallery. Currently operates spaces in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, Kyoto, and Roppongi. Principally works with artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama and Yuki Kimura, among others.
http://www.takaishiigallery.com/

 
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