ARTIST INFO

Tatsuo KAWAGUCHI

Tatsuo KAWGUCHI (1940-) has remained at the forefront of the Japanese contemporary art world. Embracing avant-garde expressions early in his career, Kawaguchi has received much acclaim both in Japan and abroad since the ’70s,
and has participated in historically significant exhibitions such as; in 1970 The 10 th International Art Exhibition of Japan , in 1973 the 8 th Biennale de Paris (France) ,
in 1986 Japon des Avant Gardes (Centre Georges Pompidou, France) , and in 1989 Magiciens de la Terre ( Centre Georges Pompidou, France ) . In recent years, he has also held solo exhibitions; in 2007 at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, in 2009 at the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and in 2012 Iwaki City Art Museum and come to be widely recognized as an important postwar Japanese artists.

It is possible to detect links to both the Gutai and Mono-ha movements in Kawaguchi’s work. But unlike these artists, Kawaguchi incorporates language as
a form of expression and sets out to create work with parallels to conceptual art. Throughout his career, Kawaguchi has used the connection between the “visible” and “invisible” as a conceptual foundation. This is rooted in his attempts to visualize the “relations”, like passsage of time or circle of life are visualized in plants or seeds.

Works

  • Title
    Work 66-2
    Size
    162.2×130.3cm
    Year
    1965
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    DARK BOX
    Size
    60×37×35cm
    Year
    1997
    Medium
    iron, darkness
  • Title
    Relation-Frottage of Time: Calymene Celebra / Silurian Period
    Size
    46.1×36.4×4.2cm
    Year
    1997
    Medium
    Japanese Paper, Pencil, Beeswax, Ocher, Styrene Board
  • Title
    Work 66-2
    Size
    162.2×130.3cm
    Year
    1965
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    DARK BOX
    Size
    60×37×35cm
    Year
    1997
    Medium
    iron, darkness
  • Title
    Relation-Frottage of Time: Calymene Celebra / Silurian Period
    Size
    46.1×36.4×4.2cm
    Year
    1997
    Medium
    Japanese Paper, Pencil, Beeswax, Ocher, Styrene Board

CV

1940
Born in Kobe, Japan
1962
Graduated from Tama University of Fine Art, Tokyo. Graduated with B.F.A.
1965
Organized Group “i” in Kobe
1974
Awarded the First Iue Culture Prize for Art and Culture
1975
Dispatched by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, travelled through Europe and America (based in Italy ) for study. (from November to October, 1976)
1983
Associate Professor of Art at the University or Tsukuba, Institute of Art and Design
1991
Professor of Art at the University or Tsukuba, Institute of Art and Design (-2003)
2003
Emeritus Professor of Art at the University or Tsukuba, Institute of Art and Design
Guest Professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design
Professor of Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts
2008
Awarded the Prize of Japan Arts Foundation