MAEKAWA TSUYOSHI MAEKAWA TSUYOSHI

MAEKAWA TSUYOSHI

MAEKAWA TSUYOSHI

Maekawa uses burlap as a main material on his creation throughout his career: burlap becomes almost a synonym of the artist to the extent that it comes first in our mind whenever referring to Tsuyoshi Maekawa. Before Maekawa’s appearance, there are a few artists who also use burlaps, such as Joan Miró and Alberto Burri in the history of art, but Maekawa is the first one who shows his lifelong persistence in its materiality. Not only attaching and sewing burlaps with three-dimensional expression on canvas, Maekawa always gives a coloring with oil on the surface; it is a testimony of the artist’s stir persistence to the tableaux regardless of his pursuit for undulating effect. Alongside with Shuji Mukai and Takesada Matsutani, Maekawa is the representative figure from Gutai’s second generation. After dissolution of Gutai, Maekawa never stops to be full of creative activities including many exhibitions in overseas.

ARTWORKS

IMAGES

Work A-20, 1963, Burlap and oil on board, 162.1 x 130.3 cm
Work U A-21, 1964, Oil, burlap on canvas, 162.1 x 130.3 cm
Work 131001, 1967, Oil on canvas, 162.0 x 130.5 cm
Work 131002, 1967, Acrylic on canvas, 162.0 x 130.5 cm
Untitled 160602, 1980, Linen on panel, 50.0 x 60.6 cm
Work 130937, 1999, Oil, burlap on canvas, 227.3 x 181.8 cm
Untitled 051104, 2005, Acrylic, sewing on cotton cloth, 60.6 x 50.0 cm
Work 2001008, 2019, Installation, 200.0 x 200.0 x 120.0 cm

The Origin of Tsuyoshi Maekawa: Burlap Works

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

EXHIBITIONS

2021
The Pioneer of Postwar Japanese Art : Whitestone Gallery, Taipei
Solo Exhibition, Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
2020
Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano
2019
Tsuyoshi Maekawa 1980 – Present, New Art Lab, Tokyo
Yamamura Collection Exhibition, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo
Selected 54th Award of Person of Cultural Merit of Osaka Citizen
2018
Solo Exhibition, Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
Solo Exhibition, Whitestone Gallery, USA
2017
Tsuyoshi Maekawa in the 1970s, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp
Beyond Matter, Gagosian, San Francisco
SALON 001: Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Saatchi Gallery, London
The Strength of Matter: Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei
2016
Gutai: Selected Small Works, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
2015
Avant Garde Asia – Gutai and its Legacy, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong
Tsuyoshi Maekawa: Energy Extortionist, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
2014
Maekawa – The Gutai Works, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Dominique Levy, New York
2013
'Gutai: Splendid Playground' (New York, Guggenheim Museum)
'50 Years of Japanese Painting' (The Museum of Modern Art Wakayama)
'Tapies, the Eye of the Artist' (Venice, Fortuny Museum)
2012
'Gutai: The Spirit of an Era' (The National Art Center Tokyo)
2011
'Nul=0' (Holland, Stedelijk Museum)
2007
'30 Years Collecting' (National Museum of Art, Osaka)
2005
'Hyogo International Painting Competition' (Hyogo Prefectural Museum)
2002
Hyogo Prefectural Museum Inaugural Exhibition
2001
'Osaka Art Panorama' (Osaka ATC Gallery)
1999
Paris Gutai Exhibition (France, Jeu de Paume National Gallery)
1989
Special Exhibition - Contemporary Design (The Museum of Modern Art Wakayama)
Rare Yamamura Collection Exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum)
1986
A B C Painting Exhibition [Best In Show Award]
Gutai - Action and Painting Exhibition (Spain, Yugoslavia)
1985
'Contemporary Japan' Painting Exhibition (New Delhi, National Museum of Modern Art)
1982
Contemporary Japanese Painting Exhibition [Grand Prize]
Japan-France Contemporary Art Exhibition [Second Prize, '83 Third Prize]
Japanese International Art Exhibition [The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Prize]
Japanese Embassy Prize Art Exhibition [National Museum of Art Osaka Prize]
1970
'Osaka National Exposition' (Exposition Green Building)
1968
'Nighttime-Only Gutai Exhibition' (Miyazaki)
1967
Gutai Holland Sketch Exhibition (Rotterdam, Design House)
Gutai Austria Exhibition (Wulfengasse, Heide Hildebrand Gallery)
1966
Lausanne International Exhibition (Musée Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts)
Gutai Holland Exhibition (The Hague, Olets International Art Gallery)
Gutai 3-Artist Exhibition (Gutai Pinacoteca)
1965
Gutai Paris Exhibition (Paris, Galerie Stadler)
1963
Solo Exhibition (Gutai Pinacoteca)
 

COLLECTIONS

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / National Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka / Miyagi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art / Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art / Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art / Ashiya City Museum of Art & History / Takamatsu City Museum of Art / Osaka City Museum of Modern Art / Hikami Municipal Museum of Art, Hyogo / Contemporary Art Hasegawa Museum, Shizuoka / Hira Museum of Art, Shiga / Ube City / And U.S, France, Holland, Australia etc. /

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