Yuji Takeoka

1946 · Japan

Artist biography

Yuji Takeoka is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Japan. Yuji Takeoka was born in 1946. Born in the same country and around the same year are Kishio Suga and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Yuji Takeoka's work, which are Konrad Fischer Galerie and Konrad Fischer Galerie | Düsseldorf in Germany. Yuji Takeoka's work has most recently been exhibited at Dierking in Zurich (26 August 2019 until 03 October 2019) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition . Yuji Takeoka's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; BANFORA FIGUR (16 May 2019 - 13 July 2019) at Dierking in Zurich and Solo Exhibition (14 September 2018 - 10 November 2018) at Konrad Fischer Galerie in Berlin.

Further Biographical Context for Yuji Takeoka

Born in 1946, Yuji Takeoka was primarily influenced by the 1960s. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s epitomize an extremely influential era which generated a significant number of disruptions and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply 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 anguish often linked to the human condition. Internationally, 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 espoused similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Yuji Takeoka

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