Yoshii Gallery

Yoshii Gallery Yoshii Gallery, founded in 1990, offers important works by 20th Century Masters and leading contemporary artists. Formerly located at 20 West 57th Street, the gallery moved to the location 17 East 76th Street in January 2000.
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At the 57th Street location, a number of historical exhibitions were held. One of them, Giacometti's "Early Works in Paris," was selected by the International Association of Art Critics in 1994 as the second best gallery exhibition in the United States. Since moving to its previous location at 17 East 76th Street, the gallery features artworks as private sales. Yoshii Gallery will explore the relationship between Modern Masters and Oriental Antiques.

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𝘛𝘳ê𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘩𝘰 (2012) - Paulo Monteiro⁣-⁣Lead⁣⁣Paulo Monteiro is a Brazilian artist and one of the founding member...
01/11/2021

𝘛𝘳ê𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘩𝘰 (2012) - Paulo Monteiro⁣
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Paulo Monteiro is a Brazilian artist and one of the founding members of the ‘Casa 7’ group, which played a key role in the revival of painting in Sao Paulo. With a background as a comic strip artist, Monteiro began painting in the 1980’s and soon expanded to work in a variety of media, including drawings and sculpture. Monteiro has exhibited all over the world, and has artworks in many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Sao Paulo Contemporary Art Museum, and the Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum. ⁣

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Yoshii Gallery would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We are appreciative of all our artists and the continued su...
12/31/2020

Yoshii Gallery would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We are appreciative of all our artists and the continued support. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021. ⁣⁣
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𝘠𝘰𝘬𝘰 (2004) - Don Brown⁣⁣
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Bronze. ⁣⁣
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𝘜𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 (2007) - Wilhelm Sasnal⁣⁣
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Oil on canvas. ⁣⁣
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#DonBrown #WilhelmSasnal #YoshiiGallery

Untitled (1949) - Alexander Calder⁣-⁣Gouache and ink on paper. ⁣⁣Best known for his deeply revered mobiles, Alexander Ca...
10/30/2020

Untitled (1949) - Alexander Calder⁣
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Gouache and ink on paper. ⁣

Best known for his deeply revered mobiles, Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by conceiving an innovative method of sculpting, using colored shapes suspended by wires to create ‘three-dimensional drawings in space’. Although a two-dimensional work on paper, Untitled (1949)’s bold colors and striking geometric forms give the work a sense of motion and fully display Calder’s keen eye for innovation. ⁣

This work is on view as part of our “On Paper” exhibition. Please visit our website or click the link in our bio for the complete selection of works on view until the end of November.⁣

#AlexanderCalder #YoshiiGallery

𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 (2019) - Matt Maust⁣-⁣Mixed media. ⁣⁣Matt Maust’s mixed media work is a bold collection of collage, pain...
10/10/2020

𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 (2019) - Matt Maust⁣
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Mixed media. ⁣

Matt Maust’s mixed media work is a bold collection of collage, painting, and writing compiled into a colorful and eye-catching book. Maust draws his materials from a wide variety of printed sources, including magazines and newspapers, and even includes playing cards and comics sprinkled throughout the pages. On top of this, Maust adds his own personal touches, drawing over some of the articles and scribbling phrases that have recently grabbed his attention. Together, this mix of materials comes together to form a striking physical object that encourages the viewer to flip through its eye-catching pages.⁣

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#MattMaust #YoshiiGallery

In the center of our exhibition 𝘖𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳 stands a framed letter written by Piet Mondrian. Embedded within the elegant li...
10/07/2020

In the center of our exhibition 𝘖𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳 stands a framed letter written by Piet Mondrian. Embedded within the elegant lines of text lies a sketch of one of his iconic works, 𝘓𝘰𝘻𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴. After the work itself disappeared, this letter remains as a testament to the seminal artwork, and exemplifies the role of paper and correspondence as a powerful record of history. ⁣⁣
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To view more of the works included in the show, please click the link in our bio or visit our website. ⁣⁣
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𝘜𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 (1926) - Piet Mondrian⁣⁣
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Ink on paper. ⁣⁣
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Yoshii Gallery is pleased to announce its exhibition 𝘖𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳, featuring an array of works dated between 1926 and 2011, ...
10/06/2020

Yoshii Gallery is pleased to announce its exhibition 𝘖𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳, featuring an array of works dated between 1926 and 2011, open for in-person viewing starting October 7, 2020. The exhibition showcases an impressive selection of artists, from modern masters like Piet Mondrian to contemporary icons like Jean-Michel Basquiat. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Image: 𝘜𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 (1977) - Franz West⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Acrylic on paper in artist frame. ⁣
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This exhibition will run from October - November 2020, and include works by: Jean Arp, Hannah van Bart, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Don Brown, Alexander Calder, Francesco Clemente, Jean Dubuffet, Eric Fischl, Alberto Giacometti, Julio Gonzalez, Jacob El Hanani, Jeff Ladouceur, Matt Maust, Piet Mondrian, Zoran Antonio Music, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Luc Tuymans, Franz West, and Zao Wou-ki. ⁣⁣⁣
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To learn more about this exhibition, please click the link in our bio, visit our website, or email us at [email protected] to schedule a visit. ⁣⁣
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#JeanArp #HannahvanBart #Jean-MichelBasquiat #LouiseBourgeois #DonBrown #AlexanderCalder #FrancescoClemente #JeanDubuffet #EricFischl #AlbertoGiacometti #JulioGonzalez #JacobElHanani #JeffLadouceur #MattMaust #PietMondrian #ZoranAntonioMusic #ClaesOldenberg #RobertRauschenberg #LucTuymans #FranzWest #ZaoWou-ki #YoshiiGallery

Makoto Ofune’s 𝘙𝘢𝘸 at Shimogamo-Jinja Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. ⁣⁣⁣__________⁣#MakotoOfune #YoshiiGallery
09/24/2020

Makoto Ofune’s 𝘙𝘢𝘸 at Shimogamo-Jinja Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. ⁣⁣

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𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘦...𝘥𝘢𝘴 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘴 (𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘦𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳) (1983) - Franz West⁣.⁣-⁣Mixed media on metal. ...
09/08/2020

𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘦...𝘥𝘢𝘴 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘴 (𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘦𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳) (1983) - Franz West⁣.⁣
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Mixed media on metal. ⁣
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Growing up in the aftermath of World War II in Vienna, Franz West was drawn to the work of the avant-garde Actionist group as early as age 14. Influenced by their philosophy, West challenges the relationship between art and the viewer, believing that an artwork was only truly actualized when touched, held, worn, or otherwise deeply considered by the viewer. West’s early works often involved covering ordinary objects with gauze and plaster, rendering them virtually unidentifiable, and forcing the viewer to reconsider their relationship with the object. In this work, West emphasized these ideas further in his title by referencing the philosopher Martin Heidegger, whose theories revolved around one’s practical engagement with the environment. ⁣⁣
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This work was on view at our group show “Sculptures” in 2018. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit our website or click the link in our bio. For all inquiries, please contact our gallery at [email protected] or call (212) 744-5550.⁣⁣
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2019 Exhibition Archive 22c:⁣⁣⁣⁣𝘛𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘰 𝘒𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘢 at Château La Coste. ⁣⁣⁣⁣In 2019, our gallery collaborated with Chateau La ...
09/01/2020

2019 Exhibition Archive 22c:⁣⁣
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𝘛𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘰 𝘒𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘢 at Château La Coste. ⁣⁣
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In 2019, our gallery collaborated with Chateau La Coste to present a beautiful exhibition of Taizo Kuroda’s ceramic works. Set within the Renzo Piano Pavilion and displayed atop a striking triangular table covered with sand, Kuroda’s works infused their surroundings with a sense of balance and calm. The elegant simplicity in each of the designs highlights Kuroda’s impeccable craftsmanship and provides the viewer with a truly meditative viewing experience. ⁣⁣
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#YoshiiGallery #TaizoKuroda #Chateaulacoste⁣

Photo: Vincent Agnes

2016 Exhibition Archive 23:⁣⁣In 2016, our gallery collaborated with the Musee Guimet in Paris to provide both artworks a...
08/19/2020

2016 Exhibition Archive 23:⁣

In 2016, our gallery collaborated with the Musee Guimet in Paris to provide both artworks and books for an exhibition featuring Nobuyoshi Araki. The gallery’s extraordinary collection of Araki publications was on view prominently as part of the show, lined up on the wall in a sweeping display. Araki has been the subject of an incredible number of publications throughout his career and our gallery’s collection is one of the most complete in the world, with over 500 publications in all. The display at the Musee Guimet provided viewers the unique opportunity to see these books all together under one roof, and further exemplified what a prolific artist Araki has become. ⁣

These books were on view at the Musee Guimet in an exhibition titled “Araki” from April - September 2016. ⁣

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#NobuyoshiAraki #YoshiiGallery

Makoto Ofune at Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto.  ⁣⁣In this image, Makoto Ofune’s glowing work is installed in a temple in Kyoto....
08/14/2020

Makoto Ofune at Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto. ⁣

In this image, Makoto Ofune’s glowing work is installed in a temple in Kyoto. This historic Japanese backdrop provides the perfect setting for Ofune’s work, which draws on traditional Japanese painting methods. Together, the temple and the painting combine to provide the visitor with a truly all encompassing viewing experience. ⁣

To learn more about Makoto Ofune, please visit our website or click the link in our bio. ⁣

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#MakotoOfune #YoshiiGallery

Pablo Picasso and his dear friend Manuel Pallarés at La Californie, Cannes. ⁣Photographed by David Douglas Duncan and dr...
08/10/2020

Pablo Picasso and his dear friend Manuel Pallarés at La Californie, Cannes. ⁣Photographed by David Douglas Duncan and drawn over with crayon by Picasso himself.

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#PabloPicasso #DavidDouglasDuncan #YoshiiGallery

Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol, photographed here by his friend and photographer, Billy Name, in front of his own portrai...
08/06/2020

Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol, photographed here by his friend and photographer, Billy Name, in front of his own portrait. Warhol is widely recognized as an icon of Contemporary Art and the Pop Art movement. To this day, his prolific body of work, including his distinctive silkscreen paintings, continue to influence and inspire generations of artists. ⁣

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𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘈𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘦 (2018) - Tadao Ando.⁣⁣-⁣⁣Painted resin. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Tadao Ando gifts one of his apples to his friend, Giorgio Armani...
08/05/2020

𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘈𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘦 (2018) - Tadao Ando.⁣⁣
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Tadao Ando gifts one of his apples to his friend, Giorgio Armani.⁣⁣
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Tadao Ando has been drawn to the idea of a green apple as a symbol of youth. The fruit has yet to reach maturity and exemplifies the vast array of life’s opportunities. Ando believes age is an unimportant measurement, and one must always strive to maintain their youthful spirit and their ability to dream. ⁣⁣

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#TadaoAndo #YoshiiGallery

Photos by Benny Safdie. ⁣⁣__________⁣#BennySafdie #YoshiiGallery
08/03/2020

Photos by Benny Safdie. ⁣

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#BennySafdie #YoshiiGallery

2014 Exhibition Archive 23:⁣⁣𝘉𝘰𝘹𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘈𝘣𝘰𝘷𝘦 (2014) - Benny Safdie.⁣⁣-⁣⁣⁣Digital c-print.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Best known for his rece...
08/03/2020

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𝘉𝘰𝘹𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘈𝘣𝘰𝘷𝘦 (2014) - Benny Safdie.⁣⁣
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Digital c-print.⁣⁣⁣
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Best known for his recent success in the film industry, Benny Safdie has always turned to photography as a counterbalance to the hectic nature of the movie industry. He often shoots in solitude, and uses the medium as a tranquil escape, capturing simple, yet mesmerizing scenes. In this image, Safdie focuses his camera on a boxing match, managing to capture the excitement of the spectacle, while still maintaining a slightly distant perspective. Using a Rolleiflex 2.8 FX camera, Safdie produces square photographs without any zoom, giving his audience a window into the world as he sees it. ⁣⁣⁣
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This image was on view at our exhibition “Benny Safdie: For All The Squares” in 2017. To learn more about the exhibition please visit our website or click the link in our bio.⁣⁣⁣
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#BennySafdie #YoshiiGallery

𝘛𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦 𝘗𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘴 (1956) - Jean Dubuffet.⁣-⁣Oil on canvas. ⁣⁣Born on this day in 1901, Jean Dubuffet was a French artist ...
07/31/2020

𝘛𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦 𝘗𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘴 (1956) - Jean Dubuffet.⁣
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Oil on canvas. ⁣

Born on this day in 1901, Jean Dubuffet was a French artist whose practice renounced typical standards of aesthetic beauty in favor of what he called “Art Brut.” “Art Brut,” meaning raw art, or outsider art, referred to work created by children, prisoners, or the mentally ill. Through his practice, Dubuffet hoped to appeal to the everyday man and the average citizen, rather than catering to the tastes of a handful of art specialists. ⁣

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Kindergarten (2015) - Yukiko Suto.⁣-⁣Pencil, coloured pencil and watercolour on paper mounted on panel.⁣⁣Yukiko Suto is ...
07/29/2020

Kindergarten (2015) - Yukiko Suto.⁣
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Pencil, coloured pencil and watercolour on paper mounted on panel.⁣

Yukiko Suto is a Japanese artist known for her subtle works that often focus on motifs of nature and man’s place within the natural world. In this image, she depicts a cheery green kindergarten building complete with children’s art hanging in the windows and cubbies for the children’s shoes. In contrast, the large surrounding lawn balances out Suto’s composition and places the kindergarten building firmly within the context of the natural landscape.⁣

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2019 Exhibition Archive 22:⁣⁣⁣⁣𝘛𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘰 𝘒𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘢 at Château La Coste. ⁣⁣⁣⁣In 2019, our gallery collaborated with Chateau La C...
07/27/2020

2019 Exhibition Archive 22:⁣⁣
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𝘛𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘰 𝘒𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘢 at Château La Coste. ⁣⁣
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In 2019, our gallery collaborated with Chateau La Coste to present a beautiful exhibition of Taizo Kuroda’s ceramic works. Set within the Renzo Piano Pavilion and displayed atop a striking triangular table covered with sand, Kuroda’s works infused their surroundings with a sense of balance and calm. The elegant simplicity in each of the designs highlights Kuroda’s impeccable craftsmanship and provides the viewer with a truly meditative viewing experience. ⁣⁣
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#YoshiiGallery #TaizoKuroda #Chateaulacoste⁣

Photo: Vincent Agnes

2019 Exhibition Archive 22:⁣⁣⁣⁣𝘛𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘰 𝘒𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘢 at Château La Coste. ⁣⁣⁣⁣In 2019, our gallery collaborated with Chateau La C...
07/24/2020

2019 Exhibition Archive 22:⁣⁣
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𝘛𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘰 𝘒𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘢 at Château La Coste. ⁣⁣
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In 2019, our gallery collaborated with Chateau La Coste to present a beautiful exhibition of Taizo Kuroda’s ceramic works. Set within the Renzo Piano Pavilion and displayed atop a striking triangular table covered with sand, Kuroda’s works infused their surroundings with a sense of balance and calm. The elegant simplicity in each of the designs highlights Kuroda’s impeccable craftsmanship and provides the viewer with a truly meditative viewing experience. ⁣⁣
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#YoshiiGallery #TaizoKuroda #Chateaulacoste⁣

Photo: Vincent Agnes

𝘍𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘭 𝘊𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰 (1999) - Hiroshi Sugimoto⁣⁣-⁣Gelatin silver print. ⁣⁣⁣Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography practice often focuses...
07/20/2020

𝘍𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘭 𝘊𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰 (1999) - Hiroshi Sugimoto⁣⁣
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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography practice often focuses on issues of authenticity and illusion, truth and bias. In Sugimoto’s own words: “Photography is a kind of time machine. I can travel back in history and confront it with the future. I can almost bring back the dead to our world. That’s the magic of photography.” In this image, Sugimoto explores these themes by appearing to capture a photograph of the now-deceased Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, which is in reality an image of an extremely life-like wax counterpart. In choosing to present this fake Castro in a pose typical of official portraits, Sugimoto plays with the ideas of history and authenticity, and forces his viewers to question the assumptions they make when presented with a photographic image.⁣⁣
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𝘚𝘰𝘢𝘱 (2013) - Eiichi Shibata. ⁣⁣-⁣⁣Ink on canvas. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Eiichi Shibata’s Soap series consists of colorful and lively drawi...
07/17/2020

𝘚𝘰𝘢𝘱 (2013) - Eiichi Shibata. ⁣⁣
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Eiichi Shibata’s Soap series consists of colorful and lively drawings on canvas, inspired by the artist’s fascination with the smooth, frothy texture of swirling soap bubbles. Each individual work is further inspired by any number of ephemeral experiences, ranging from the sound of a board game or a breeze in the air, which serve as stimulus for the artist’s rich emotional response. Shibata lives and works in Japan, and was one of the earliest members of Kobo Syu, a creative workshop for adults with developmental disabilities. ⁣⁣
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This work was on view at our exhibition titled “Eiichi Shibata: Soap” in 2014. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit our website or click the link in our bio. For all inquiries, please contact our gallery at [email protected] of call (212)-744-5550.⁣⁣
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𝘞𝘢𝘷𝘦 #𝟾𝟶, 𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 (2009) - Makoto Ofune. ⁣-⁣Powdered mineral pigment on hemp paper mounted on board. Triptych.  ⁣⁣Makoto...
07/14/2020

𝘞𝘢𝘷𝘦 #𝟾𝟶, 𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 (2009) - Makoto Ofune. ⁣
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Powdered mineral pigment on hemp paper mounted on board. Triptych. ⁣

Makoto Ofune’s practice relies on his meticulous attention to his materials, resulting in mesmerizing works of rich colors and lush textures. After creating his own pigments, Ofune carefully adds layer after layer to his artworks until he achieves the precise hue that he envisions for the piece. His practice is both methodical and deeply spiritual, achieved as a combination repetitive application of pigment and an innate sense of the natural world around him, which serves as a constant inspiration for his expressive atmospheric paintings. The sheer size of his larger works add to their overall effect, enveloping the viewer and drawing them into Ofune’s intense colorscapes.⁣⁣
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This work was on view in our show “Makoto Ofune: Wave” in 2017. To learn more about the artist, please click the link in our bio or our highlight titled “Ofune” to view works from our 2015 and 2017 exhibitions.⁣⁣
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Pursuing Beauty Series 1:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 (2005) - Gavin Turk. ⁣⁣⁣⁣-⁣⁣Oil paint on bronze. ⁣⁣⁣⁣𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘓𝘰𝘵𝘶𝘴 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯 (7t...
07/10/2020

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𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 (2005) - Gavin Turk. ⁣⁣⁣
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𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘓𝘰𝘵𝘶𝘴 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯 (7th - 8th Century).⁣⁣⁣
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In this image, Gavin Turk’s bronze 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 from 2005 provides a bold contrast to this Japanese roof tile dating back to a 7th century temple site. Together, the two works form a striking juxtaposition in almost every way, proving that beauty is truly timeless. ⁣⁣⁣
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𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦 (2013) - Makoto Ofune.⁣-⁣Powdered mineral pigment on hemp paper mounted on board.⁣⁣𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘍𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥, 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴...
07/08/2020

𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦 (2013) - Makoto Ofune.⁣
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Powdered mineral pigment on hemp paper mounted on board.⁣

𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘍𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥, 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 (2017) - Makoto Ofune.⁣
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Mineral pigments on Lamproites stone.⁣

In 2017, our gallery presented an exhibition featuring the Japanese artist Makoto Ofune whose work reinvents traditional Japanese modes of painting. Ofune uses an ancient method of pigment making, in which stones are crushed and ground, resulting in rich hues of powdered minerals, which he then applies to either paper or stone. Both works, though of completely different textures, exude a depth and mystery that transports the viewer and encourages them to get lost in the abyss of their lush surfaces. ⁣

These works were on view in our show “Makoto Ofune: Wave” in 2017. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit our website or click the link in our bio. ⁣

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Slide1:⁣𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴 (1925) - Gyoshū Hayami.⁣⁣Gyoshū Hayami’s 1925 work Dance of Flames is widely recognized as a mas...
07/06/2020

Slide1:⁣
𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴 (1925) - Gyoshū Hayami.⁣

Gyoshū Hayami’s 1925 work Dance of Flames is widely recognized as a masterpiece of the Japanese Nihonga style, an artistic movement in which artists utilized traditional Japanese techniques and materials. In this work, Hayami invigorates these conventions with bold and colorful subject matter. Inspired by a bonfire he witnessed while on vacation, he painted the flames from careful observation, yielding a rich, dynamic image that seems to glow from within.⁣

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𝘔𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 (2004) - Chiho Aoshima.⁣

In this work, Japanese pop artist Chiho Aoshima, best known for her involvement in Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki art collective,⁣⁣⁣⁠ draws inspiration from Gyoshu Hayami’s Dance of Flames. Here, Hayami’s alluring masterpiece is updated and reimagined by Aoshima, producing a thoroughly modern effect while clearly paying homage to the original work. She applies her signature style of flattening her compositions and employing distinct outlines to add a sharpness to the artwork, while still maintaining the original’s sense of mystery and power. ⁣

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#YoshiiGallery #GyoshuHayami #ChihoAoshima

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