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# SHOWCASE FOCUS ON JAPAN In 2009 Lineart focused on China, in 2010 on Singapore and during the present art fair edition we welcome Japan. It is not a coincidence the focus remains on the Orient 3 years in a row now. There is a lot of artistic movement over there! Lineart always chooses countries, regions or cities that are extraordinary. Japan suffered a great deal last year with the earthquake and the Fukushima disaster but keeps the artistic ambitions very high. At Lineart, not only Japanese galleries will show Japanese and foreign art, western galleries will also be present with Japanese art. At the art fair – where fusion is highly appreciated – you will find Japanese contemporary and traditional art, ceramic design and calligraphy. Always reflecting the mind and soul of Japan.

# THE HANS BENDA GALLERY, VERVIERS (BELGIUM) The Hans Benda Gallery concentrates on contemporary painting primarily. Among the gallery-artists there are comparatively many Japanese. The Japanese contemporary art attracts the gallery a lot because of its unique and complex situation: There still is ‘Nihon-Ga’. This is a western-influenced paintingtradition existing since the Meji-era. There are also many artists using/copying a western style of contemporary art expressions, and there are some independent characters based on Japanese traditions and senses but searching for a self-contained expression of today’s Japanese ‘melancholy’. 2011 is a very difficult year for Japanese artists. The earthquake and the Tsunami were a disaster that the Japanese culture can ‘compensate’, but Fukushima is a suppurating wound, and money is going anywhere but art. At Lineart the Hans Benda Gallery displays Naoki Funakoshi, Shigeru Hasegawa, O Jun and Chihiro Mori - playful and serious, digging deep and flying high, talented and strong independent artists - all of them!

# GALERIE 49, SAUMUR (FRANCE) In the heart of Saumur, a historic town in the French Loire Valley, Anne Toulouse-Lauwers devotes Galerie 49 programs to both abstract and figurative art. Since its opening in 2000 she has presented contemporary artists’ work of confirmed talent: some known and others lesser known. Lineart is the occasion to bring forward Japanese artist Matsutani. The Japanese artist — member of Gutaï in 1963 — now divides his time between Japan and his studio in France. Jean-Michel Bourhours, Curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris says: “If one had to define the initial emotional impact of seeing a piece by Matsutani, unquestionably it would be one of splendid serenity. That’s the immediate effect of a visual vocabulary in which shapes, textures, colours and materials seem to be in perfect harmony. When you look at Matsutani’s work you experience a moment of eternity.”

# GALLERY KITAI, TOKYO Gallery KITAI represents contemporary Japanese calligraphy mainly. Calligraphy was introduced into Japan from China in the 6th century. Writing Chinese characters was a tool of record and a communication tool at first. After 1500 years of historical developing in Japanese calligraphy, Chinese characters have been changing into Japanese own characters, and then to various expressions. From letters to abstract art nowadays. The history of developing calligraphy is so rare and not well known in the world but there was a very short honeymoon period of calligraphy between the West and Japan in from the 1950’s till the 1960’s. After this period Japanese calligraphy is still developing by itself and there are still new possibilities. Gallery Kitai also brings oil paintings, Japanese style paintings, photographs etc.

# SILVER SHELL, TOKYO The gallery Silver Shell has selected artists who use the delicate technology in solid modelling that Japanese artists have cultivated for long years. They would like to present two young artists this time. One of them, Yoichiro Kamei chains an elaborate geometric form to make a solid work, and the other artist, Mikiko Tomita uses solid forms to express a petty and minute pattern as a living entity and adds mysterious colouring.

# GALLERY TEN, KANAZAWA Gallery Ten is located in Kanazawa - a beautiful, historical town on the west coast of Japan. The city is lucky enough to be a sister city of the town of Ghent. If you ever had the chance to visit Kanazawa, and Gallery Ten, you would quickly notice it has embraced contemporary art and the traditional art. Their artists adopt the tradition in their contemporary creation. After the devastation of the March 11th tsunami, art seems to be the furthest thing from Japanese people’s minds in the severe situation. However Gallery Ten believes it will be a bridge of the now to the future, and people to people. Gallery Ten showcases the art works which will create the future.

# NROOM ARTSPACE, TOKYO Since Western culture has been introduced to Japan in the 19th Century, this resulted in the widespread of an eclectic style; the mixture of Japanese and Western. For people living in the modern Japan, Western culture has penetrated into the Japanese daily life and Japanese people cannot imagine living without it. Under this situation, the question of ‘What is characteristic of Japan?’ has become a fundamental issue for them. Contemporary Japanese artists are also looking for their own identity. Nroom artspace introduces mainly young Japanese artists and European artists who have been attracted by Japan. They hope the public feels ‘the image of Japan’ in each of the artists through their exhibition

# GINZA I CHOME GALLERY, TOKYO The Ginza I Chome Gallery has been a faithful exhibitor at the fair for many years and presents its finest collection at Lineart 2011. Ward Caes, Project Leader of Lineart 2011

# KITAI GALLERY TOKYO hi, Kita-ku 1-9-16 Showamac

After the Japan Earthquake in 2011, Japan has lost a lot of things and is striving for revival now. Gallery KITAI will represent some of contemporary Japanese calligraphy. After calligraphy has been introduced into Japan from China in the 6th century, was writing Chinese character as a tool of record and a communication tool at first. After 1500 years of historical developing in Japanese calligraphy, Chinese character has been changing to Japanese own character, and then to various expressions, out of letters as abstraction and so on nowadays. The history of developing calligraphy is rare and not well known in the West but there was a very short honeymoon period of calligraphy between the West and Japan in 1950’s ~ 1960’s. After this period, Japanese calligraphy was and is still developing by itself and there are new possibilities. Kitai will also represent oil paintings, Japanese style paintings, photographs etc. Kitai says: “We would like to introduce two of our contemporary calligraphy artists especially here, named Reiko Tsunashima and Mizuho Koyama.”

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Mizuho Koyama Artworks of Mizuho Koyama are like reconstructions made from ancient Sufism poetry in the 13th century by Mevlânâ Celaleddin-i Rumi and the oldest Japanese poetry in the 7th ~ 8th century “Man’yōshū” and their forms of image on paper by *Sumi. The artist is a master of calligraphy in Japan and writes not only Chinese and Japanese characters but also alphabets in Eastern calligraphic lines. The two approaches to contemporary art are completely different, but they are integrated into “*Sumi_ism”.*

Reiko Tsunashima Artworks of Reiko Tsunashima seem like windows to a parallel world of *Sumi. The artist is an expert of oozing *Sumi as water control in several whether. It is kind of collaboration with Nature as Eastern traditional life. Sumi is ink as a traditional material for Japanese calligraphy, is made from carbon and glue, is Japanese language, is suitable to express mind and philosophy as the historical material in the East.

Reiko Tsunashima

# N-ROOM ARTSPACE zumi Nerima-ku 4-35-13 Minami Oi

Since the civilization

Kasutaka Abe is a young Japanese artist known for his paint-


ing. Born in 1973 in Oita City, he went to university. Since 2002 he has appeared in magazines and exhibited in both group and personal exhibitions. He also received the Gekkoso Award at the Setsu Exhbition. In 2006 the artist received the “Steady Study Award” at Geisai and later an award at “Shinjuku Art Infinity”. “Breaking into the global arena with his distinctive vision and bold artistic independence, Kasutaka Abe presents a gentle symphony of color and shapes.”


in the 19th century, Western culture has been introduced to Japan, which resulted in the widespread of an eclectic style; the mixture of Japanese and



people living in modern Japan, Western

Hiroko Ueba is another young Japanese talent from Osaka known for his Japanese painting. From 2009 he now lives and works in Vienna. He graduated with a BA in Japanses Painting form Tokyo University of the Arts and complete dan MA there. He was awarded several scholarships and has shown his works in several solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Osaka, Basel, Köln and Melbourne.

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Akinori Ohtsuka was born in 1976 and is now known for his

ed into our daily life

Japanese painting. He exhibited his works of art in Ozu Gallery, Gallery Takiyama and Subaru and in Oya Stone Museum. He went to Tokyo University of the Arts and graduated with an MA.

and we cannot imagine living without it. Under this situation, the question of ‘What is characteristic of Japan?’ has become a fundamental issue for us. Contemporary Japanese artists are also continuing their never ending journey to find their own identity and expression. We will introduce mainly young Japanese artists and European artists who have been attracted by Japan. We hope you feel ‘the image of Japan’ in each of the artists through our exhibition.

Tomoko Kanzaki was born in Osaka in 1983 and uses mainly prints and videos. His prints are mimeographed. He reconstitutes images by means of collages of Japanese gardens and bonsai. He had his BA in 2006 at Kyoto Seika University in the Department of Prints. He has exhibited in Korea, Kyoto and Tokyo.

Yasuyuki Tomita is known for Japanese painting which catches they eye with the harmony between inside and outside, stilness and activity, and lightness and darkness, with the concept of the black India ink and the Japanese white paper. Since 1978, the artist has exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, The National Art Center, Tokyo and Shoto Museum of Art and worked together with Galleries Art Space Core, Ginza Art, Sakamoto and Ayoyama.

Hideo Nakamura is a Buddhist painter born in 1977 in Takamatsu City whose work is mainly inspired by Tantric Buddhism. The artist explains: “I believe the reason for Japanese people’s varied values of judgment and ambiguity is due to the factor of polytheism in Buddhism. Ever since Buddhism was introduced to Japan, the numbers of Buddhist gods that appear on the Mandalas have increased, due to the receptiveness and willingness of the Japanese people. Currently, the young generation has a tendency to look up to or have great admiration towards various idols or animated figures. I happen to follow this tendency with the current young generation.”

Eva Mitala was born in Athens in 1978 and now works and lives in Athens and Berlin. She studied in the Athens School of Fine Arts between 2000 and 2005. She often uses Japanese symbols and figures in her works of art. She has exhibited together with Japanese gallery N-Room after she presented her solo show in Muramatsu Gallery in Tokyo in 2008.

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Eva Mitala

# SILVER SHELL Chuo ku 2-10-10 1F kyobashi

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Silver Shell from Tokyo introduces a Japanese booth and is happy with that. The solid art that a young artist deals with attracts attention because of the use of various materials and expressive forms now. In Japan, there is traditionally high originality in technique-based art expression. Silver Shell introduces two young ceramic artists this time.

Yoichiro Kamei Yoichiro Kamei was born in 1974 in Kagawa and graduated in 1997 from Osaka University of Arts with a Major in ceramics. In 2000, he became assistant instructor of sculpture studies at Osaka University of Arts (until 2003) and one year later he received the Grand Prix at 39th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition From 2002 until now he became Lecturer in ceramic art at Kansai College of Culture & Arts vocational school. He won the Merit Prize in 2004 which is the first Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale. He has exhibited solo and in group from 1997 until 2011 in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka. The geometrical form piles up the cube of kaolin. It is an exact method of leaving only the frame cubic, turning over the inside completely, and the piling becomes a mysterious work. It is extremely high in its completeness. The object is beautiful as a structure.

Mikiko Tomita Mikiko Tomita’s sculptures are very characteristic. They are in lacquer and often use golden colours to contrast. Mikiko Tomita is based in Tokyo and sells his art in Japan but also all over the world. The life object is drawn so that it might be embedded closely by a thin brush at a sphere form with a projection. It is a minute and dense work. The picture charge account to mistake for both Japanese lacquer work and Shippo has a wonderful vitality like mutation and gives off an aura. The Cell Cell is Mikiko Tomita’s work. It is a deep, beautiful mysterious globe. Four cells are exhibited.


Yoichiro Kamei

Mikiko Tomita

# HANS BENDA GALLERY Rue aux Laines 24,

The Hans Benda Gallery shows 4 Japanese artists at Lineart and explains why: “I think, there is a certain ‘melancholy’ that we Europeans and the Japanese share - the gold rush is over, we are losing our ‘inherent superiority’ that we thought would go on endlessly. Japanese hate to be overtaken by the Chinese now, but Japanese have an incredible ability to ‘digest’ crisis and calamity (the earthquake and the Tsunami are ‘ok’ part of the Japanese culture – but the Fukushima disaster is unfortunately something else...) . The source of their positivism and concentrated patience is also a source of excellent art work.”


O Jun (*1956) is professor for painting at the Tokyo National Academy of Arts and Music. He often complains about most of his students just copying western attitudes/styles/approach in art. For me he is one of the rare Japanese artists deeply based in Japanese tradition and culture without getting trapped in a sentimental nostalgic way of painting. (Nihon-Ga, calligraphy) I think Japanese art is waiting for a personality able to close a gap between history / tradition and the imposition of the modernistic contemporary lifestyle after worldwar II.

Shigeru Hasegawa (*1963) is also teaching painting at the Academy of Nagoya. His painting looks very ‘simple’, his explanations about his painting are the same (and mostly very funny). I like a lot his refusal of adding a ‘finish’ to his paintings - they always look like beeing finished 99%. - Here is the idea, the idea is the ‘meaning’, here are the brushstrokes and the image - that’s it. Nothing is too ridiculous... Beauty and presence of a painting must come from somewhere else than meaning...

Naoki Funakoshi (*1953) comes from a famous artists’ family of Japan. His father was an important sculptor, his brother Katsura joined the documenta IX, two of his sisters are also artists. Naoki Funakoshi is a maniac in charcoal-drawing, this is the only center of his life. The drawings could be seen as sketches for his bronze sculptures but are much more. Timeless strong expressions of a talent beyond the borders of ‘abstraction’, ‘figuratism’, ‘post-modernism’ etc. All three of them are represented in important Japanese public collections. I’m very happy and proud to introduce their work for the first time in Belgium.

Chihiro Mori (about 30 years old) She is using everything: photo, drawing, collage, objects, sculptures, painting to display her phantastic cosmos... it is the challenge of keeping the artist’s output on eye level with the media-input ... ‘Every surface has a bottom side’ - was it Picabia who said this ?

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O Jun

# 49 GALERIE as, 49400 SAUMUR

49 Rue Saint-Nicol

49 Galerie from Saumur in France focus on just one Japanese artist. Not the least, one would say because they offer the work of a well known artist: Matsutani.


Takesada Matsutani was born in Osaka in 1937. Ever since he went to study in France in 1966, he has been based in Paris and has been working actively in Europe and Japan. Matsutani, who began by studying actively nihonga ( Japanese-style painting), made his debut as an artist in 1963 by representing softly and smoothly bulging reliefs composed of vinyl adhesive. He was granted a scholarship by the French government while he was active with at the Gutai Art Association. His work has been characterized by the bulging forms he creates with glue. Form around 1977, he began creating black and white works, in which colour is eliminated to make the most of the expressiveness of the black of the graphite. As the subtitle “ Stream” suggests, Matsutani’s works with such clear-cut characteristics attempt to incorporate not only the flow of the substance that the painting is composed of but also the flow of time surrounding the artist himself and us and the flow of life. Each one of Matsutani’s works presents a forceful sense of existence making free use of the power of black, which has a dull metallic luster, and conveys the artist’s intent together with a feeling of tension. The current exhibition at Lineart introduces works of Matsutani from the 1980s onwards. Recently, the artist has also broadened the field in which his oeuvre is presented and his activities are steadily expanding to producing installations and stage art integrating the historical and spatial features of the architecture.

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POSTSCRIPTUM ABOUT JAPANESE ART by André Simoens Gallery In the 80s, contemporary art was mostly bought by Japanese companies. And artists themselves had to rent a gallery space to exhibit, promote and sell their own works. Since a number of art galleries in Tokyo started working according the Western model, the Japanese art market changed for good. Meanwhile, many established galleries are participating at international art fairs and are doing business worldwide. Also, publicly and private started working together, which gave the Japanese contemporary art world a new boost. Japan’s contemporary art scene has a wide range of artists working in different media. Takashi Murakami had a major impact on the international art world with his exhibition Superflat. In November, his company ‘Kaikai Kiki’ organized the auction ‘New Day’ at Christie’s to benefit the victims of the 2011 Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami. We would like to introduce two of our Japanese contemporary artists:

# YAYOI KUSAMA (B. 1929) Yayoi Kusama was born in Nagano Prefecture, went to the United Stated in 1957 and returned to Japan in 1973. Yayoi Kusama started to paint using polka dots and nets as motifs at around age ten. The artist herself has associated these structures with the terms “endlessness” and “nothingness” time and again. Soon her nets cover not just canvases but entire rooms. She has created fantastic paintings in watercolors, pastels and oils but produced also open-air pieces. In the late 1960s, she staged numerous happenings: body painting festivals, fashion shows and anti-war demonstrations. Kusama paints the body with polka dots, referring to this process as “obliteration”. In 1993, Kusama is the only artist to be invited to design the Japanese pavillon at the Venice Biennale and soon after she began to create open-air sculptures. In 1998, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art mounts a large retrospective, which also travels on to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kusama is still making art in her studio and now 82, she is regarded as Japan’s greatest living artist and member of the Group ZERO. She received the National Lifetime Achievement Awards and The Praemium Imperiale -Painting- in 2006.

# HIROSHI SUGIMOTO (B. 1948) Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo and lives and works in New York and Tokyo. Central to Sugimoto’s work is the idea that photography is a time machine, a method of preserving and picturing memory and time. This provides the defining principle of his ongoing series including ‘Dioramas’, ‘Theaters’, ‘Seascapes’. In 1997, Sugimoto started photographing landmarks of modernist architecture on a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The blured b&w images are not attempts at documentation, but are meant to isolate the buildings from their contexts into unknown shapes creating mood, mystery and intrigue. An large-format camera and extremely long exposures turned Sugimoto into a photographer of the highest technical ability. He uses his camera in a way to create images that seem to convey his subjects’ essence, whether architectural, sculptural, painterly, or of the natural world. He values craftsmanship and prints his photographs with meticulous attention. He also received The Praemium Imperiale -Painting- in 2009. Andre Simoens Gallery, Kustlaan 128-130, 8300 Knokke BELGIUM

A selection of contemporary and modern works of art from the last hundred years is on show at Lineart. Now in its 30th edition, this art fair has the richest tradition in the Benelux. It is the market place ‘par excellence’ for art lovers, where gallery owners and visitors from all over the world can come easily into contact. At Lineart 2011, you can discover and purchase modern and contemporary art, design, digital art, photography and ethnic art. Lineart is held at Flanders Expo, Ghent – in the flourishing heart of Flanders, just a half hour drive from Brussels.

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