Curated by MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (Jeffrey Ian Rosen + Misako Rosen).
Lecture by participating artist COBRA on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
Let’s See Action was possible with the support of the William P. and Sally Temple Barnes Endowment for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture.
Let’s See Action considers the uniquely cooperative and internationally oriented approach to the creation and dissemination of contemporary art that has been a characteristic of Japanese art practice, post-war to present day. The exhibition focuses on a group of artists active within Japan and abroad over the past 10 years; however, the exhibition is rooted in, and in some cases directly influenced by, the practice of historical collectives such as Jikken Kobo/ Experimental Workshop (1951-58) and High Red Center (1963-64). Let’sSee Action will feature work in a variety of media and will be tailored to the specific context of a university gallery; the exhibition aims to present an entry point to understanding a contemporary Japanese aesthetic and its history via the presentation of contemporary artists engaged in playful experimentation with the very notion of such an aesthetic.
COBRA is co-director of XYZ Collective, an artist-run space based in Tokyo and known for presenting exhibitions that playfully question otherwise accepted assumptions behind art world presentations.
Participating artists: Shimon Minamikawa and collaborator Ei Arakawa, Richard Aldrich, artist collective Chim↑Pom, Tobias Madison, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and XYZ Collective, which includes Soshiro Matsubara, Futoshi Miyagi, COBRA and Maki Katayama.