Onosato Toshinobu Exhibition
Jan. 10［Fri.］―Feb. 1［Sat.］, 2020 11:00-19:00
Gallery closed on Sunday, Monday, and national
In March 2020, Toki no Wasuremono will bring "Onosato Toshinobu
Exhibition" to Art Basel Hong Kong.
Before the works are shipped to Hong Kong, we will present 17 of the
oil paintings, watercolors, and prints here in Komagome.
We hope that you can visit.
Alongside Yamaguchi Takeo (1902-1983), Yoshihara Jiro (1905-1972), Q
Ei (1911-1960), and Sugai Kumi (1919-1996), Onosato
is one of Japan's representative abstract painters; he and his close
friend Q Ei were pioneers of the avant garde art scene from before the
war. At the same time that he first exhibited in the Nika Exhibition
in 1935, he and several young avant garde artists formed the Black Yoga Exhibition.
In 1938, he became a member of the Jiyu Bijutsuka Kyokai (from 1956,
he was unaffiliated with any group). In 1904, he garnered attention
with "Black and White Circle" (now in the collection of the MoMAT),
which included constructivist aspects which were unusual at the time.
He was drafted into the army in 1941 and was released back to Japan in
1948 after doing hard labor at a Siberian prison camp. In 1953, he
held his first solo exhibition at Takemiya Gallery at the
recommendation of Takiguchi Shuzo. He began to focus on circles around
1945, eventually settling on a base of orange, yellow, green, and
blue. His work from this time was done in an abstract geometric style,
with circles floating up from a square mosaic which covered the
canvas. Onosato called this the “basic circle period”, and continued
until 1959. The “basic circle period” ended in 1960 and became the
“fractured circle period” - Onosato began to create large circles
which were fractured into many fine square forms. In 1961, he had his
first international solo exhibition at Gres Gallery in Washington,
D.C.. The next year he had a solo exhibition at Minami Gallery;
following that, his works found many international buyers thanks to
the efforts of Shimizu Kusuo. In 1963 Onosato was awarded the Grand
Prix at the 7th Japan International Art Show, shooting him to the
front lines of contemporary art. In 1964 his work was exhibited at the
Guggenheim International Art Award Exhibition, and was also added to
their permanent collection. He represented Japan at the Venice
Biennale in 1964 and 1966.
Onosato rarely stepped foot outside his atelier. He led an isolated
life, spending all day with a brush in his hand, creating many oil and
watercolor paintings. Domestically, his works are collected in many
institutions including the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, the National Museum of Art,
Osaka, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
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