Kenro Izu

1949 · Japan

Artist biography

Kenro Izu is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in Japan. Kenro Izu was born in 1949. Artists Kishio Suga and Hiroshi Sugimoto are of the same generation and same country as Kenro Izu.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Kenro Izu is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Spazio Damiani in Bologna, Italy and Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, the United States. Kenro Izu's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition YUMIKO IZU & KENRO IZU at In Camera Galerie in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 20 September 2018 until 24 November 2018. Kenro Izu's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Seduction, which took place at Spazio Damiani in Bologna, Italy (21 March 2019 - 30 July 2019).

Further Biographical Context for Kenro Izu

Born in 1949, Kenro Izu was primarily influenced by the 1960s growing up. In the art world, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was slowly breaking down the bases on which the creation and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists refuted the authority of highbrow art and created a cutting-edge movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aspiring to pure visual responses. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. globally, an important number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Kenro Izu

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