Tadashi Kawamata

1953 · Japan

Artist biography

Tadashi Kawamata is seen as an established artist, who was born in Japan - other established artists such as Takayoshi Sakabé, Yojiro Imasaka, Yuki Kimura, Ryuku Otsuka, and Rieko Akatsuka were also born in Japan. Tadashi Kawamata was born in 1953.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tadashi Kawamata's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Austria, and France. Galleries include Kamel Mennour | London and Annely Juda Fine Art in the United Kingdom, and Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna in Austria. Tadashi Kawamata's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Annely Juda Fine Art in London (06 November 2019 until 19 December 2019) with the exhibition Destruction / Reconstruction. Tadashi Kawamata's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at Annely Juda Fine Art in London (18 September 2019 - 01 November 2019) with the name Utopia/Dystopia Revisited curated by Yuko Shiraishi and Kamel Mennour | Rue du Pont de Lodi in Paris (27 November 2019 - 17 January 2020) with the name Destruction. Tadashi Kawamata's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Utopia/Dystopia Revisited curated by Yuko Shiraishi and took place at Annely Juda Fine Art in London, the United Kingdom from the 18 September 2019 to 01 November 2019.

Tadashi Kawamata in private collections

It is the collector Valéry Kowahi, who is in possession of art by Tadashi Kawamata at Artland. Valéry Kowahi also has works by other artists including Marco Andrea Magni, Qafar Rzayev, and Aythamy Armas.

Further Biographical Context for Tadashi Kawamata

Born in 1953, Tadashi Kawamata was primarily inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide.

New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city.

A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right.

Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the next decade.

International movements began to gain prominence included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed significant commercial and critical achievements. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.

In Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement focused on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unchanged, transient conditions. The works focused on the interplay between these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong focus upon the European ideas of phenomenology.

The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining worldwide recognition.

Tadashi Kawamata

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 6

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