Silkscreen and Japanese ink on Katika paper.
88.7 x 62.7 cm [34.8 x 24.7 inches].
Edition of 20 works, signed and numbered recto.
About the work
Shinro Ohtake is a master of collage, renowned for his painterly, multi-layered scrap- books created from discarded tickets, newspapers, magazines and other types of cultural ephemera. These sculptural journals were first created during a visit to London in the 1970's when he met an old man who made diaries by avidly collaging found matchbooks and boxes into books. Ohtake immediately purchased the books from their maker - continuing to paste and document his own travel experiences in this way over many decades. Ohtake's limited edition artwork H2 is made in response to the work of Hannah Hoch to accompany her exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery ( January - March, 2014). It reflects his on-going interest in Surrealism and Dada.
About the artist
In 2014 Ohtake was awarded one of Japan's most prestigious art awards: The Agency for Cultural Affairs' Minister's Award for Fine Arts 2013-2014, in recognition of his outstanding contribution following exhibitions held in Japan and internationally in the previous year
Born in Japan in 1955, Ohtake is also a painter, installation artist and a well-known noise-rock musician. He is represented by Take Ninagawa Gallery, Tokyo.
Ohtake has shown extensively world-wide and selected solo shows include Shinro Ohtake Painting/Collages, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, (1985); Shinro Ohtake: Retina, Gallery Tokoro,(1993); Tokyo Retrospective 1955-2006, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, (2006); #65 | 2005 - 2010, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo (2010).Recent solo exhibitions include "NEWNEW," at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA); "OKUSOKU / Velocity of Memory" at the Takamatsu City Museum of Art, 2013.
Shinro will be having a solo exhibition at The Parasol Unit in London, October 2014.
Group shows include Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1981); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1989); Tate Gallery Liverpool and Whitechapel Gallery (1991); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (1994); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2004);Museum of Modern Art, Toyama (2009); Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2012); dOCUMENTA (13),Kassel, 2012; Frieze New York and Venice Biennale, (2013); The site-specific work MEKON, produced for the Setouchi Triennale 2013.
Ohtake has works in Public Collections, including Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York and Victoria & Albert Museum, London