Kenjiro Sasaki: Unknown Harem
Friday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 30
Opening Reception – Friday, August 19 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York-based Japanese artist Kenjiro Sasaki’s solo exhibition at Tenri Cultural Institute encompasses oil paintings of women’s nudes. The artist asks why is it still relevant to paint nudes in this day and age?
The human figure has been a general theme of paintings since the beginning of art history. Toward the end of the 19th century in Europe, the Academism, which had been the main art style for a long period of time, started to decline. New art movements by young artists led to the creation of Impressionism and other creative art forms. In the 20th century, a revolutionary movement came into full swing. Post-World War II introduced a period of innovation and avant-garde art. Deformed figures, abstract forms, art work assembled by stones, wood and metal pieces or daily materials, conceptual art, installation art, photographic or computer have continued to expand.
One cannot predict how art forms will develop in the future. However, clearly this current modern innovation art movement will someday end, just as the Academism movement died out in the past. Sasaki creates these paintings in order to shed light on an antiquated art subject. Displayed are these minimal figurative paintings of naked human bodies and simple backgrounds with solid color as installation art.
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