Until June 18 | Contemporary artworks by Japanese artists

Artworks created by Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Damien Hirst and Murakami Takashi are on display.

Yayoi Kusama with her work

Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her works are based on conceptual art and show some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, abstract expressionism, and are infused with autobiographical, psychological and sexual content.

She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan. Embracing the rise of the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s, she occupied the public’s attention when she organized a series of happenings in which naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots.

A set of works by Yoshitomo Nara

Nara is also a Japanese artist. His artwork has been housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MoCA). His most well-known and repeated subject is a young girl with piercing eyes. Though Nara claims to have never said that he was influenced by manga, the imagery of manga of his 1960s childhood is often cited when discussing Nara’s stylized, large-eyed figures.

Nara subverts these images, however, by infusing his works with horror-like imagery. This juxtaposition of human evil with the innocent child may be a reaction to Japan’s rigid social conventions. The punk rock music of Nara’s youth has also influenced the artist’s work. Recalling a similar violent youth, Nara’s art embraces the punk ethos.

A work by Murakami Takashi

Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. Death is a central theme in Hirst’s works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep, and a cow) are preserved — sometimes having been dissected — in formaldehyde. He has also made “spin paintings,” created on a spinning circular surface, and “spot paintings,” which are rows of randomly colored circles created by his assistants.

Takashi is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation).

He coined the term “superflat,” which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society. He has been noted for his use of color, incorporation of motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture, flat/glossy surfaces and content that could be described at once as “cute,” “psychedelic” or “satirical.” Among his best known recurring motifs are smiling flowers, iconic characters, mushrooms, and skulls.




Venue: Poly Art Space/JCA Museum, inside Uniwalk, Xinhu Road, Bao’an District (宝安区新湖路壹方城内保利艺术空间·国珍当代美术馆)

Metro: Line 1 to Bao’an Center Station (宝安中心站), Exit F

Dates: Until June 18

Tickets: 60-108 yuan


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