Axel Vervoordt Gallery

Tsuyoshi Maekawa

May 21 – Sep 24

Left: Mannaka Tate no Blue (A18), 1964, Oil and burlap on canvas, 162.5 x 130.5 cm.
Right: Tsuyoshi Maekawa standing in front of Mannaka Tate no Blue (A18) in his studio, 1964.
Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery.

The gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Tsuyoshi Maekawa, showcasing the artist’s boundless investigations on materiality incorporated with the paintings made from tactile fabrics such as burlap, hemp cloth, and gunnysack from the 1950s until today. Maekawa’s leitmotifs of contemplating materiality eloquently aligns with the Gutai manifesto “When matter remains intact and exposes its characteristics, it starts telling a story and even cries out.”

Norio Imai
Insights sector, Art Basel in Hong Kong
Booth Number: 1D53
May 25 to May 29, 2022

Left: Norio Imai at his first solo exhibition at Gutai Pinacotheca in 1966.
Right: White Ceremony – 2 Holes B, Acrylic on cotton cloth, plastic mould, 178 x 260 x 28 cm, 2014. Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery.

The gallery is pleased to present a solo installation by Japanese artist Norio Imai (Osaka, 1946) at Art Basel in Hong Kong, focussing on the artist’s multidisciplinary practice from the 1960s-70s to recent works including installation, painting, experimental film, and photography. Imai is known not only for his immense, white monochrome works but also for having become one of the youngest members of the Gutai Art Association when he joined at the age of seventeen in 1965. From the very start of his artistic career, Imai challenges the dogma of artistic convention. It is with this attitude in his works that brought a sense of renewal and new industrial sensibility to the Gutai group and shaped him into a strong vocal figure of the century today.

Masatoshi Masanobu / Review / January 15, 2018 

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As a strong supporter of Zero and Gutai art movements from its inception, the gallery’s vision has gradually evolved into contemporary art with a special interest in the concept of the void, the process of the creation and in the questioning of the experience of space and time.

In May 2014, Axel Vervoordt Gallery expanded to Hong Kong and opened its first overseas exhibition venue in the city’s central district. El Anatsui created new work for this occasion. By having a physical presence in Hong Kong, Axel Vervoordt Gallery will continue to bridge artistic expressions between the East and the West.