Teruo Nishiyama Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Published by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Berlin, 2017, 3 unpaginated books with slipcase (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 31 cm, English / Japanese

Price: €130

Three volume artist book reproducing avid fan of the Japanese avant-garde, Teruo Nishiyama’s scrapbook. Despite not having personal contacts in the art world, Nishiyama witnessed many of the emerging radical art events and exhibitions of the 60s, including those by the Neo-Dada Organizers and Tokyo Fluxus. He also meticulously documented everything he saw in photographs and copious written notes, as well as by collecting ephemera. He preserved the material he had assembled over the course of two years in a scrapbook album.

The first volume of this new publication depicts the exhibitions Nishiyama attended in Tokyo from 1965 to 1966. In the second volume, Chung and Maeda have attempted to follow Nishiyama’s methods, documenting various exhibitions held in Tokyo from January 17th to February 3rd, 2017. The third volume includes an English translation of the notes in the Nishiyama’s scrapbook, as well as an interview with Nishiyama by Chung and Maeda

#2017 #japaneseavant-garde #jaychungandqtakekimaeda
ABSTRACT PAINTINGS IN JAPAN 1910-1945

Published by The Japan Association of Art Museums, Tokyo, 1992, 225 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 25 × 24 cm, Japanese

Price: €35 (Out of stock)

Comprehensive survey of early Japanese abstract painting (and photography)
Including Koshiro Onchi, Iwata Nakayama, Saburo Hasegawa, Kiyoshi Koishi, Ryuichi Amano, Ei-Q and many more.

#1992 #abstractphotography #ei-q #iwatanakayama #japaneseavant-garde #japanesephotography #kiyoshikoishi #koshiroonchi #ryuichiamano #saburohasegawa
QUANTUM ART MANIFESTO Yutaka Matsuzawa

Published by Yale Union, Portland, 2019, 112 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 18 × 25.5 cm, English

Price: €28 (Out of stock)

Yutaka Matsuzawa (1922–2006) was considered the father of Japanese conceptual art. In his pursuit of ways to express the invisible invisibly, Matsuzawa developed a unique understanding of conceptual art that both elevated and transcended the typical notions of conceptual art in the western, euro-centric art worlds.

A new edition of Yutaka Matsuzawa’s groundbreaking book, Quantum Art Manifesto was published on the occasion of the exhibition Yutaka Matsuzawa at Yale Union, curated by Alan Longino and Reiko Tomii. Including the original Japanese text, the original English translation (with minor edits), a foreword by Haruo Matsuzawa, and an essay by Reiko Tomii.

Offset printed by Gary Robbins at Container Corps with tipped-in color fields and Matsuzawa’s Psi stamp. Exposed spine Smyth-sewn binding. Dust jacket letterpressed by Aaron Flint Jamison. This new edition of the publication is now also out of print. Images of the exhibition can be seen here. And a text by Alan Longino on Yutaka Matsuzawa can be found here.

#2019 #alanlongino #japaneseavant-garde #reikotomii #yaleunion #yutakamatsuzawa
Ei-Q

Published by Fuji Television Gallery, 1974, 48 pages (b/w ill.), 12.5 × 24 cm, Japanese

Price: €18 (Out of stock)

Ei-Q, April 28, 1911 – March 10, 1960, was a Japanese artist who worked in a variety of media, including photography and engraving.

He was influenced by the Surrealist aesthetic and also published essays promoting photography as an art form independent of painting. This did not imply a rejection of painting, and he worked toward what in 1935 he termed photo-dessins, a fusion of photograms and paintings.

#1974 #abstractphotography #ei-q #japaneseavant-garde #japanesephotography
Traces of Light in Modernism: Koshiro Onchi, Osamu Shiihara and Ei-Q

Published by The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1997, 40 pages (b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, Japanese / English

Price: €40 (Out of stock)

Various artistic trends originating in Europe after World War 1, such as Russian Constructivism, the Bauhaus in Germany and Surrealism in France, left a strong impression on Japanese art and photography in the Taisho and the early Showa periods. In photography in particular, the Western influence brought a new movement called Shinko Shashin (New Photography) in the early Showa period. This exhibition was an attempt at reexamining the viual expression in the period from the perspective of the photographic work of artist from fields other than photography, focusing on the work of Koshiro Onchi, Osamu Shiihara and Ei-Q

#1997 #abstractphotography #ei-q #japaneseavant-garde #japanesephotography #koshiroonchi #osamushiihara #photography
PEINTURES Atsuko Tanaka

Published by Galerie Stadler, Paris, 1987, 8 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 15 cm, French

Price: €40

Publication produced for Atsuko Tanaka’s exhibition Peintures at Galerie Stadler, Paris. 30 January – 7 March, 1987.

Atsuko Tanaka was a Japanese avant-garde artist best known for her Neo-Dada Electric Dress (1956), a garment made from hundreds of lightbulbs painted in primary colors. This iconic work, which she wore to exhibitions, functions as a conflation of Japanese traditional clothing with modern urbanization, bringing an unexpected and challenging interpretation to both. “I wanted to shatter stable beauty with my work,” Tanaka once said. A member of the Gutai movement, much of her work used domestic objects like lightbulbs, textiles, doorknobs, and doorbells. With these objects, the artist was able to create work about the body without a body present. She maintained a broad practice that included performance “happenings,” sculpture, and installation, while her later work focusing on two-dimensional painting, with colorful organic abstract shapes connecting circles and lines.

#1987 #atsukotanaka #japaneseavant-garde