Mr. Yusuke Minami, deputy director and chief curator of the National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan - will be giving a tour of the exhibition, "Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan."
Featuring forty-two works from eleven Japanese artists, some internationally known, some relatively obscure, "Passage to the Future" is a tight yet broad-ranging demonstration of contemporary Japanese art, a sampling of sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting, ceramic ware, and installation work. Yoshihiro Suda carves a single small petal out of wood -- Miyuki Yokomizo assembles a room of soap bars big enough to walk in. Tabaimo makes satire out of street slang and historical references. Raku Kichizaemon the 15th refreshes his family tradition with a raku tea bowl. Tetsuya Nakamura is sleek and speedy. Tomoyasu Murata is handmade and nostalgic.
Artists: Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki, Tomoyasu Murata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Masafumi Sanai, Katsuhiro Saiki, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Miyuki Yokomizo
Trained at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Yusuke Minami has worked as a curator at different high-profile Tokyo art institutions for more than two decades. Currently he is the chief curator and deputy director of the National Art Center. He has overseen numerous one-person shows by Japanese artists such as Takashi Murakami (Takashi Murakami Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2001) and Tadanori Yookoo (All Things in the Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2002) as well as international figures such as Man Ray (Unconcerned but not Indifferent, National Art Center, Tokyo, 2010) and Claude Monet
(L’art de Monet et sa Posterite, National Art Center, Tokyo, 2007). His most recent show was a celebration of Pop Art (American Pop Art from the John and Kimiko Powers Collection, National Art Center, Tokyo, 2013).