Shinro Ohtake: "Shell & Occupy 4"

Memory of Color 3/Geronimo
2008
Oil, printed matter, photographs, film, silk screen, rice paper, vinyl, cotton cloth, cotton yarn, plant matter, varnish, wood and acrylic in custom frame
47 x 34.5 cm
Image courtesy of the Take Ninagawa and the artist

This is the fourth installment of Shinro Ohtake’s scrapbook art at Take Ninagawa. The exhibition presents a series of assemblages containing spliced magazine pages, stickers, script excerpts, and old photographs topped of with impasto touch-ups in oil. The resulting effect, simultaneously gritty and sleek, is quite remarkable. Ohtake is one of Japan’s pioneers of post-figurative art, his first solo show dating back to 1982. When you visit the exhibit you can pick up a catalogue of all the previously shown Shell & Occupy works; it also contains a well-written and informative essay on Ohtake by Arndrew Maerkle (¥2100). On view through November 28.

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