11 October, 2019

Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain 2019

Okazaki's works are exhibited in the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain 2019.

Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s Selections

Blum & Poe [Booth A40, Grand Palais, Paris]

Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris

October 17-20, 2019
Private preview: October 16-17

■Opening Hours:
- Thursday, October 17th: 2pm-8pm
- Friday, October 18th: 12pm-8pm
- Saturday, October 19th & Sunday, October 20th: 12pm-7pm

■ Rates:
- Full-fare ticket: 38 €
- Reduced fare*: 25 €
- Children under 12: free entry
- Cloakroom: 2 € per item.

- Students with a valid student ID
- Individuals under the age of 26 (free of charge for under 12)
- Louvre Jeunes, Louvre Professionels or Louvre Famille card holders

28 February, 2019

Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s

Okazaki's works (paintings and reliefs) are exhibited in group exhibition "Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s".

■Period: April 6-May 19, 2019
[Part II only / Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Holidays except May 19]
■Opening Hours: 10:00−18:00
■Venue: Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
2727 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA

■Curated by Mika Yoshitake

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[ Public Programming ]
Artist Roundtable with Kenjiro Okazaki, Yukinori Yanagi,
Kenji Yanobe, and curator Mika Yoshitake

■Date:Sunday, April 7
■Time: 14:00−16:00
■Venue: JAPAN HOUSE Salon Level 5, Los Angeles
Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 5F, Los Angeles,. CA 90028
■Fee: Free / Registrations required

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3 December, 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Okazaki's new paintings are exhibited in the Art Basel Miami Beach 2017.


Takuro Someya Contemporary Art [Booth No. N24]

[Opening Hours]
Vernissage (by invitation only)
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11am to 3pm
Public Days
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 8, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12 noon to 6pm

Miami Beach Convention Center
1900 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

27 February, 2017

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art | Apr.22 (Sat.)-Jun.11 (Sun), 2017The Insight of Kenjiro OkazakiAbstract Art as Impact How Abstract Arts can become Concrete Tools

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Aside from his active career as an artist, Kenjiro Okazaki (1955- ) has
continuously engaged in reinterpreting ossified art history and presenting
innovative views on works based on a broad knowledge of culture and art.
The intensity of these thrilling readings has often shaken up our minds.
Over the 20 years since its opening in 1995, Toyota Municipal Museum of
Art has been building up a singular collection. In order to reconsider the
richness of our collection and explore its unseen potentials, we are
organizing an exhibition curated by Kenjiro Okazaki. Focusing on art works
produced in between the First and the Second World War, and connecting
the missing links within our collection using works borrowed from other
institutions, this exhibition will examine the primal intensions of Abstract Art.

Abstract Art as Impact
─How Abstract Arts can become Concrete Tools 

Kenjiro Okazaki

What lay at the core of artistic development since
Cubism was Materialism --the idea that matter bypasses
perception and works directly upon the mind.
This concreteness and directness of matter was what
Abstract Art pursued. The most important tool of the
avant-garde is this concrete power of Abstract Art.

However, after the Second World War, the essence of
Abstract Art became distorted and forgotten. There are
several reasons for this turn of events. The first is the
misinterpretation that Abstract Art was merely a visual
pursuit (as demonstrated by American Abstract
Expressionism); the second is the biased view which sees
Abstract Art as a matter of stylistic design (as claimed by
Taro Okamoto); and the third is the misuse of the term
"Concrete" (as shown by the Gutai group). These
erroneous views have together impeded the reasonable
understanding of how Abstract Art before the war actually
developed. Consequently, the activities of Japanese artists
who were interconnected with movements in other parts of
the world have been greatly misunderstood.

This exhibition aims to cut open this obscuring veil that still
covers the art world today, and re-discover the potentials
of avant-garde inherent in the Abstract Arts. The works of
Kazuo Sakata, Ryusei Kichida, Koshiro Onchi, Tomoyoshi
Murayama, Jiro Yoshihara, Saburo Hasegawa, or Ei-Q, will
be understood for the first time in connection to their
contemporary avant-garde artists such as Picabia,
Duchamp, Doesburg, Morandi, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jean
Arp, or Edward Wadsworth. This exhibition will finally
dissipate the obscurity of post-war art history and reveal
the true potential of Abstract Art that is all the more
significant in today's world.

Kenjiro Okazaki (b. 1955) is a Japanese visual artist whose
works span over several genres, including painting, sculpture,
as well as landscape design and architecture. Many of his works
has been featured in public collections throughout Japan and in
various exhibitions around the world. In 2002, Okazaki
participated in the Venice Biennale as the director of the
Japanese pavilion of the International Architecture Exhibition.
His works include a collaborative performance I Love my Robots
with the choreographer Trisha Brown, premiered in early 2007.
He received Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) in 2014.
Okazaki is also extremely active as a theoretician and critic,
and is the author or co-author of several books, including
Renaissance: Condition of Experience (Bunshun Gakugei
Library), featuring his analysis of Filippo Brunelleschi.

■Closed: Mondays (except May 1)
■Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30 (entrance until 17:00)
■Admission Fees: Adults ¥800 (700)
*High school and university students ¥500 (400)
*Free for elementary and junior high school students,
high school student (live in Toyota City), senior (75 and over)
and mentally or physically disabled people with one attendant.
*Bracketed figures represent the fees
for groups of 20 or more.
■Organized by Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
■Curated by: Kenjiro Okazaki (Artist)

Official website:http://www.museum.toyota.aichi.jp/exhibition/2017/special/okazaki.html

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