Legendary composer and artist Yasunao Tone to have his first retrospective at Artists Space

Retrospective of Yasunao Tone’s Work at Artists Space

Yasunao Tone: Region of Paramedia

Friday, January 13 through Saturday, March 18

Artists Space – 11 Cortlandt Alley (between White and Walker Streets)

Admission: Free

Region of Paramedia is the first retrospective dedicated to the work of Japanese American conceptual artist, composer, and theorist Yasunao Tone. His deep investigation of the potential uses and misuses of emerging technology has made him a pioneer in performance, sound, and digital composition. This landmark exhibition and event series will encompass a comprehensive range of mediums and materials; from graphic scores to manipulated sound objects, and to documentation of performative actions and rare ephemera. It will also include live events such as first-time re-staging performances that cover both Tone’s frequent, wide-ranging collaboration and his individually authored works. For more information about the exhibition, please visit Artists Space’s website.

Legendary composer and artist Yasunao Tone to have his first retrospective at Artists Space
Yasunao Tone. Page from score for Trio for a Flute Player with typographical annotations by Barbara Held, 1985

Related Program

Yasunao Tone in Concert with Barbara Held

Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Artists Space – 11 Cortlandt Alley (between White and Walker Streets)

Admission: Free

In conjunction with the exhibition, Artists Space will present a special concert with legendary sound artist Yasunao Tone and flutist Barbara Held. For this rare performance, the pair will perform four pieces Tone originally composed for Held: Trio for a Flute Player (1985), Aletheia (1987), Lyrictron for Flute (1988), and Zen and Music (1990).

To RSVP for this concert, please visit Artists Space’s Eventbrite page.

Legendary composer and artist Yasunao Tone to have his first retrospective at Artists Space
Yasunao Tone performing Music for 2 CD Players at Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, 1986.

About Yasunao Tone

Born in Tokyo in 1935, Yasunao Tone is a multidisciplinary artist working in New York City. Tone graduated from Chiba University in 1957 with a major in Japanese literature. During the 1960s, he became an important figure in postwar Japanese art. He was a key member of Group Ongaku, Team Random, and the Japanese branch of Fluxus. He was involved with other collectives and artists, including the Neo-Dada Organizers, Hi-Red Center, and Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata.

Relocating to the United States in 1972, he has since been a crucial force in the philosophical and material advancement of durational art across myriad live forms, gaining a legendary reputation as a musician, performer, and writer. He has collaborated with a prolific range of dancers, visual artists, and musicians including Merce Cunningham, Blondell Cummings, Allan Kaprow, Senga Nengudi, Butch Morris, and George Maciunas.