Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ueno Artist Project: “Contemporary Realism —Transcending the Photograph and Video”
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno-Park Taito-ku,
Nov 17, 2017 To Jan 06, 2018
Detail: Ueno, known for its many art institutions including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Tokyo University of the Arts, has a long history as an art mecca that has fostered many important artists. Among those institutions, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum—“the home of the public entry exhibition”—has fulfilled a significant role by giving artists of all kinds a place to exhibit and develop their art. Now, to build on that history and foster new potential for the future, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum will launch the “Ueno Artist Project,” an exhibition series featuring contemporary artists who are currently active in art groups, under a fixed theme each time. Part one of the series takes the theme, “Contemporary Realism—Transcending the Photograph and Video.” In today’s society, with its flood of video and photographic imagery and information from city billboards, big screens, televisions, and smart phones, the exhibition will feature 9 artists who are sincerely pursuing “contemporary real ism” that is only possible in paintings.