Tadaaki Kuwayama is born in Nagoya, an industrial city in central Japan. Though a graduate from Tokyo National University of Art in traditional nihonga (Japanese) painting, he finds himself uninterested in the strict nihonga practice, neither the contemporary Japanese art of the time. In 1958, he moves to New York with his wife and fellow artist, Rakuko Naito. He discovers the contemporary art scene in America and creates his own distinctive style. Throughout the 1960s, Kuwayama focuses on creating square and monochrome works, each subdivided by vertical and horizontal metal strips. He fabricates the allusion to artificial colors and industrial materials, by varnishing the surface and adding a glossy layer. In 1970, Kuwayama starts to make large-scale works in rectangular sections. He moves on from vivid colors to metallic colors, sometimes alternated with pale colors fields, such as pink and beige. The following decade marks a period of renewed experimentation for the artist, as he explores oil paint and new three-dimensional textures. While his body of works in the 1980s differs from what came before, his works still contain elements of his early practice, such as interweaving paper strips. During the 1990s, Kuwayama’s experiments of industrial productions, further remove human traces in his works. Kuwayama’s utilization of metallic and reflective materials direct viewers’ attention to the spatial environment. With his work, the artist intends to present a purified form of beauty and deliver a pure art experiment. Recently, Kuwayama’s works are on display in National Gallery Singapore’s ongoing exhibition ‘MINIMALISM: SPACE. LIGHT. OBJECT’. alongside the artists, Marko Rothko, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, etc. Kuwayama’s has been the subject of numerous major exhibitions at significant museums, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Chiba City Museum of Art.



Untitled | 1960 | Acrylic and gold leaf on paper mounted on canvas
Untitled 9/10 | 1971 | Enamel, aluminum, aluminum edge




Tadaaki Kuwayama and Rakuko Naito, Christie’s Private Sales, New York
Beautiful Nothing: Tadaaki Kuwayama x Rakuko Naito, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei
Tadaaki Kuwayama, Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
Rakuko Naito & Tadaaki Kuwayama, Borzo Gallery, Amsterdam
MINIMALISM: SPACE. LIGHT. OBJECT, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
Tadaaki Kuwayama: Radical Neutrality, The Mayor Gallery,
Gallery Selections: Assorted Artists, Barbara Marthes
Gallery, New York City
Printer’s Proof: Thirty Years at Wingate Studio, Wingate Studio, Boston
Op Infinitum: “The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After (Part II) – American Op Art In The 60s, David Richard Gallery, Sante Fe
Tadaaki Kuwayama, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Surface, Support, Process: The 1960s Monochrome, The Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Kuwayama Tadaaki, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Surface, Support, Process : The 1960s Monochrome in the Guggenheim collection, New York City



The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo / The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo / The Hiroshima City Museum of Art; Hiroshima City / The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis / The Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba / The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art; New York / The Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya City / The Nationalgalerie, Berlin / The National Museum of Art, Osaka / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / The Solomon R Guggenheim, New York / The Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart / The Stiftung für Konstructive und Konkrete Kunst, Zürich / The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


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