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"Tadanori Yokoo: DNF Anya Kouro"
2001-10-20 until 2001-01-14
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Hara Museum ARC,
Hara Museum (Tokyo)
Morimura Self-Portraits: An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo is on view
through October 7 at the Hara Museum (Shinagawa, Tokyo).
Hara Museum ARC (GUNMA)
Selections from the Hara Museums Permanent Collection
Oct. 5 - Dec. 2, 2001
Yokohama Triennale http://www.jpf.go.jp/yt2001/
Tadanori Yokoo: DNF Anya Kouro
Saturday, October 20, 2001 - Monday, January 14, 2002
Memory, objects, people, thoughts, history, culture--things lost or on the
verge of being lost are the subjects of Tadanori Yokoo, a leading artist of
our time who has striven since the 1960s to recover these things within
himself. Active in a variety of areas centered on painting, design and
Yokoo has won a wide and enthusiastic following that
encompasses all ages and nationalities. As a leader in his field and a
constant source of grand messages, he has had an inestimable influence
on contemporary culture and society.
This exhibition, entitled Tadanori Yokoo: DNF Anya Kouro, originated in
the paintings that Yokoo made of night scenes in his hometown this past
autumn. Most of the works in this exhibition are drawn from the DNF: Anya
Kouro* series which the artist completed in an incredibly short period of a
In the novel by Naoya Shiga, A Dark Nights Passing, the protagonists
psychological transformation is depicted with penetrating realism. Shiga,
who developed a world of the self in his novels through the emphasis of
feelings, may be compared to Yokoo who once said that it was his desire
to depict only those things experienced through his own body. This
faithfulness to feelings and thoughts obtained through the medium of
ones own flesh and mind is a commonality that connects the two men
beyond the boundaries of time.
In DNF: Anya Kouro, the motif in each work is a forked road in the dark,
accompanied by a landscape that is fast disappearing from the rational,
ordered modern roads of today. This road stretches into two directions,
dividing darkness in two, so deep so as to render the destinations
invisible, filling us with anxiety down to the soles of our feet.
This crossroads, this dark nights passing of life, may be road that all
humans must tread, fought with problems and uncertainties. At the far end
of the road, a tiny light dimly flickers. It is at once a signpost that signifies
salvation, and a light that keeps the darkness at bay. At other times it is a
blinding light, or a powerful subjugating force.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Yokoos career changeover to
painting. Over these years, he has created works for a number of series.
To the artist, making many paintings on the same theme is like collecting a
large number of the something that he likes. That is, as he puts it, the
taking in and accumulation of feelings within the body.