Kenji INUMAKI

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.
  For this second solo exhibition at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, we will present around 10 works, mainly his recent creations of color pencil on graphite paper.


【Selected solo shows】
1967Gallery 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

【Awards】
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
【Artist Information】
Kenji INUMAKI
SessionSat. Sep 12, 2015 - Sat. Oct 10, 2015 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL: info@gyfa.co.jp
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)
ChargeFree