Pace Gallery Takes on Jiro Takamatsu,a Giant of Postwar Japanese Art History

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Pace Gallery will now represent the estate of Jiro Takamatsu, a key figure within postwar Japanese art history. The gallery will feature a painting by the artist in its booth at Art Basel in Switzerland next month and mount a solo show of his work in September at its flagship New York space.

As part of the representation deal, Pace Gallery will work with Takamatsu’s current dealers, Yumiko Chiba Associates in Tokyo and Stephen Friedman Gallery in London and New York.

Takamatsu, who was born in 1936 and died in 1998, was known for an expansive practice that ranged from painting and sculpture to photography and performance. He represented Japan at the 1968 Venice Biennale.

He was closely associated with the mid-1960s movement Mono-Ha (School of Things), an artistic reaction to Japan’s fast-paced industrialization in the years prior. It was during this time that Takamatsu produced his “Shadow” series, in which eerie silhouettes are set against white and off-white backgrounds. (A work from that series will show be in Pace’s Art Basel booth.)

Earlier in his career, Takamatsu founded, with fellow artists Genpei Akasegawa and Natsuyuki Nakanishi, the politically-minded collective Hi Red Center in 1963, with the aim to make what they called at the time a “descent into the everyday.” Among their most famo...


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Pace Gallery Takes on Jiro Takamatsu,a Giant of Postwar Japanese Art History