ARTIST INFO

Kenji INUMAKI

Kenji Inumaki was born in 1943, Osaka Japan. In the 1970s he created, with thread, eye-deceiving sculptures which appeared as if a piece of glass was standing diagonally and with simply tying wire, multiples of cubic structures. Such works have been highly appreciated as a movement having emerged in conjunction with the Mono-ha. He has been a participant in numerous important exhibitions including, ‘The 10th Japanese International Art Exhibition: Between Man and Matter’, 1970 and ‘The 8 th Paris Youth Biennale’, 1973. Such practice of ‘placing a primary structure in space’ has become the foundation of his creations. Since the mid 1970s, he consistently creates works which are the results of repeating a simple task, such as faintly coloring in graph paper grids with coloring pencils, drawing with sumi ink lines from a sumitsubo (sumi inkpot) and the ‘White works series – Sort of primitive idealistic space’ by applying thick layers of white paint.

Works

  • Title
    Untitled
    Size
    78×107.8cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    color pencil on paper
  • Title
    Listening to the Sounds of the Other World
    Size
    27.3×19cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    Like a Jōmon Line
    Size
    91×116.7cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    Untitled
    Size
    78×107.8cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    color pencil on paper
  • Title
    Listening to the Sounds of the Other World
    Size
    27.3×19cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    Like a Jōmon Line
    Size
    91×116.7cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    oil on canvas

CV

1943
Born in Osaka
1972
Left Kyoto Educational University (Special fine art course for sculpturing)
1994
“Art in Kansai 1950’s-1970’s”, Hyogo Prefectural Modern Museum, Kobe, Japan
2005
Selected for The 21st Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Exhibition
2009
Received Mainichi News Award at the 23rd UBE Biennale Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Exhibition

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1967
Gallery 16, Kyoto
1987
“Kenji INUMAKI: To Color“, INAX Gallery Osaka, Osaka, Japan
1996
“Art in Kyoto: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow 18 The Works of Kenji INUMAKI”, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1996
“Kenji INUMAKI: Shaping as Evidence”, INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

1968
“New Geometric Group Exhibition in Japan”, Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan, traveled to Auckland Museum, California, USA['69]
1968
“Kyoto Independent Exhibition ‘68”, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1974
“Japan: Tradition and Modern”, Stadtmuseum Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
1984
“20 years of Contemporary Japanese Art”, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
1995
“1970: Matters and Parception Mono-ha and other artists questioning roots”, Gifu Prefectural Museum of Art, Gifu, Japan, traveled to Hiroshima City Museum of Art and Kitakyushu Municipal The Museum of Modern and The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole, France
2004
“Evidence: Bodies and Thoughts in postwar art”, The National Museum of Art, Kyoto, traveled to The National Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2005
“Reconsidering Mono-ha”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2005
“10th Anniversary Time of Tokyo Municipal Museum 1926-1970”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2009
“23th Ube Biennale: Contemporary Japan Sculpture”, Ube City Outdoors Sculpture Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan