Motonao TAKASAKI

  • "Collapse"

    1978 / Concrete blocks / Installation view of "Art Now '78" at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
  • "Stick"

    1969 / lead / Installation view at The parking of Kochi municipal office
  • "Apparatus"

    1966 / h. 179.9 cm × w. 180.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel / Collected by The Miyagi Museum of Art / Installation view of "Gutai: Splendid Playground" at Guggenheim Museum / 2013
  • "Apparatus"

    1995 / h. 90.0 cm × w. 90.0 cm × d. 8.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel
  • "Apparatus"

    1967/2003 / h. 180.0 × w. 360.0 × d. 24.0 cm / Acrylic on panel, plastic / Collected by Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
  • "Apparatus"

    1966/2003 / h. 270.0 × w. 190.0 × d. 180.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel / Collected by Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
  • "Apparatus"

    1966 / h. 180.0 × w. 180.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel / Collected by Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
  • "Apparatus"

    1966 / h. 215.0 × d. 212.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel / Collected by Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • "Apparatus 64-1"

    1964/1996 / h. 270.0 × w. 180.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel / Collected by The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
  • "Apparatus"

    1964/1994 / h. 180.0 × w. 270.0 cm / Gesso on canvas, mounted on wood panel / Collected by Kami City Art Museum, Kochi, Japan
  • "Apparatus"

    1958 / h. 162.6 cm × w. 131.0 cm × d. 3.3 cm / Oil on canvas
  • "Apparatus"

    1957 / h. 161 cm × w. 131 cm × d. 3.0 cm / Oil on canvas
  • "Artwork"

    1958/1994 / h. 72.2 × w. 90.9 cm / Oil on canvas / Collected by Kami City Art Museum, Kochi, Japan
  • "Artwork (fish)"

    1956 / h. 72.2 × w. 90.9 cm / Oil on canvas / Collected by Kami City Art Museum, Kochi, Japan

Motonao TAKASAKI

(Born in Kochi, 1923. Lives and works in Kochi, Japan)


Motonao Takasaki was a member of the highly influential avant-garde Gutai group, joining in 1966 until their dissolution six years later. He was one of the members participating in Gutai's first showcase in America, the 1st Japan Art Festival, alongside Sadamasa Motonaga, Kazuo Shiraga, and Jiro Yoshihara. His important early performances "Collapse" which involved the smashing of concrete blocks. His practice is characterized by the paradox of continuing unique expressions, which are at once avant garde, yet uniquely rooted in his hometown in Kochi prefecture.

He began creating his series Apparatus from 1963 - predating his involvement in Gutai - continues to this day as an ongoing series, with material and formal variations. The form - equally-spaced squares of white canvas - may initially give an inorganic impression, but each square is hand-bent for subtle differences, and their shapes alter slowly over time, creating shadows on the surface reflecting the instability of their material basis, giving an impression of some sort of presence larger that of canvas as mere material. The illusion of unlimited amplification repeating through this simple structure makes, even today, a strong impression on the viewer. While many of the Gutai methods of expressive, body-oriented artworks were highly influential on happenings, performance art, abstract painting, and environmental art of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Takasaki's minimalistic approach is finding new relevance now in the second decade of the 2000s.


Motonao Takasaki passed away at age of 94 on July 22, 2017. His greatest achievements will remain forever in the art history.

Collection

  • Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Hyogo, Japan
  • Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
  • Kami City Art Museum, Kochi, Japan
  • Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi, Japan
  • Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
  • Osaka City Museum of Modern Art (Planning Office), Osaka, Japan
  • Tosa Yamada-cho Art Museum, Kochi, Japan

News

  • "Primal Water: An Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art"

    June 29 - October 21, 2018

    Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, USA

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  • "New works exhibition -COLLAPSE-"

    June 17 - July 23, 2017

    Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan

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