JIRO TAKAMATSU JIRO TAKAMATSU

JIRO TAKAMATSU

JIRO TAKAMATSU
JIRO TAKAMATSU

Jiro Takamatsu used photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and performance to create fundamental investigations into the philosophical and material origins of art. After graduating from the painting department of Tokyo National University of Arts and Music with Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Takamatsu became an industrial designer and started his 'Point' and 'String' series.


In 1964, the artist created his representative series 'Shadow', emphasizing the ambiguity of seeing and the importance of questioning common sense. For instance, when the shadow of a three-dimensional object is projected on a wall, it turns into two-dimensional. The shadow changes its shape when being moved. Viewers can imagine the shape of the object by observing the shadow. Takamatsu tried to use the "dimensional gap" to capture the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional painting.


Takamatsu had focused on the medium of painting since the 1980s. When an object is painted on a square canvas, one calls it a painting. However, for Takamatsu, he did not consider his works as paintings. Instead, the artist believed his works are the continuous exploration of shape and space in a two-dimensional world.

ARTWORKS

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021
Space in Two Dimensions, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
2016
Jiro Takamatsu, Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles, USA
2014
Jiro Takamatsu: Mysteries, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
2010
The 29th SãoPaulo Art Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
2009
Point Line, Form of Absence, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2000
Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
1999
National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan
1977
Documenta VI, Kassel, Germany
1968
Japan Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA / Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA / Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA / The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA / Tate Modern, London, England / Le Musée de l’Objet, Blois, France / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan / The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan / The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Japan / The Miyagi Museum of Art,Sendai, Japan / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan / Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan / Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan / Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan / The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka, Japan / Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan / Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki, Japan / Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan / Mitaka City Gallery of Art, Mitaka City, Japan / Utsunomiya Museum, Utsunomiya, Japan

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