Born in Nagoya in 1932, Tadaaki Kuwayama rejected the doctrinaire strictures of the Japanese nihonga tradition, preferring to move to New York in 1958 where he encountered an art scene on the cusp of a new wave of currents such as conceptual art, minimalism and pop. With an aversion to abstract expressionism, Kuwayama produced distilled, richly coloured, discreetly reflective fields of paint without trace of manual intervention, the focus of the current exhibition at the Mayor Gallery in London.
Intent on making the relationship with the surrounding space as important as the works themselves, Kuwayama increasingly favoured serial arrangements, sometimes adopting anodised metal, as a means of shunning the existential drama and connotations of creativity associated with the individual painting. Above all, the pristine uniformity and quiet, otherworldly theatre of these works are testament to Kuwayama’s resolve to avoid received notions of composition, colour, narrative, hierarchy and individuality.
Tadaaki Kuwayama: Radical Neutrality
The Mayor Gallery, London
7 June – 28 July 2017
Interview by ANGERIA RIGAMONTI di CUTÒ
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
Patrick Scott: Image Space Light
Unsurprisingly coming from an architecture graduate, Scott’s work often revolved around order. Even though his career spanned 75 years and a wealth of mediums, there is a remarkable unity to his work, as if it arrived fully formed.
Patricia Johanson: The World as a Work of Art
The landscape artist and architect Patricia Johanson (b1940) occupies a unique position in her chosen field in the United States. This talent is now well exhibited at the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands.
Wilma Tabacco: Gilt Edge
Wilma Tabacco was born in the province of L’Aquila, Italy and has lived in Australia since childhood. Her new exhibition in Melbourne: Gilt Edge is based on all of her work to date but focuses on the materiality and meaning of gold as a powerful means of communication relating to the numinous sphere of human life.
The Draper Touch
The power and efficiency of the modern marketing industry is now, perhaps, at its height; but many of its most effective techniques were pioneered by entrepreneurs who did not have high-speed telecommunications networks at their command. One notable marketer of her name and taste, Dorothy Draper (1889-1969), did so with her dynamic personality, commanding presence and idiosyncratic approach to design.
Face to Face - The Daros Collections
'Face to Face' presents the two facets, or faces, of the Daros Collections, finding similarities between works by artists from the USA and Europe and works by Latin American artists. Some of the parallels suggested by the exhibition make direct associations between one work and another. On a broader scale, when both collections are gathered together, links between them surface, providing a unique perspective on the major international art trends over a significant period of time.