The Presence of Stones: Looking at Jiro Takamatsu in World Art History
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 (www.ponja-genkon.net), 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.
This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Adam Townend, our Research Programme Assistant, or book a place using the form below.
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