The Presence of Stones: Looking at Jiro Takamatsu in World Art History

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Wednesday, 4 October 2017
  • Lecture by Dr Reiko Tomii in the Institute's seminar room, starting at 6pm

Jiro Takamatsu’s work, ‘Stone and Numeral’, reveals a fusion of conceptualism and natural objects that seems rather unusual in his oeuvre. However, around 1970, stone-based works abounded in Japanese art, ranging from Mono-ha (literally, ‘School of Things’) to conceptualism and even mail art. They, in turn, often resonated and sometimes connected with Euro-American examples of land art (e.g. Richard Long and Robert Smithson). In this lecture, I will examine these stone-based works through the lens of kokusaiteki dōjisei (international contemporaneity), exploring ‘similar yet dissimilar’ characteristics.

Dr Reiko Tomii is an independent art historian who investigates post-1945 Japanese art in global and local contexts. She is Co-Director of PoNJA-GenKon (, a scholarly listserv, and Henry Moore Institute Senior Research Fellow, 2017 - 2018. Among her latest publications is Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan (MIT Press, April 2016), which won the 2017 Robert Motherwell Book Award.

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