8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery to open in Shibuya Hikarie on April 26, 2012


 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, a new gallery space directed by Tomio Koyama Gallery will open in Shibuya Hikarie, a new landmark of Shibuya
 on April 26, 2012. We will present a wide range of the exhibitions not only of contemporary art, but also of other fields including antiques and crafts.

Damien Hirst ”New Spots Print”
April 26th (Thu.) – May 28th (Mon.), 2012
 We are pleased to present “Damien Hirst: New Spot Prints” as the inaugural exhibition of 8/ ART Gallery/ Tomio Koyama Gallery. Damien Hirst is one of the most famous artists working today. His provocative works, such as the huge shark in formaldehyde that caused a sensation in the early 1990s, have shocked the art world as well as the general public and demonstrated new possibilities of artistic expression. He engraved his name in the history of contemporary art as the leading figure of the YBA (Young British Artists). In parallel with these dramatic works on the theme of life and death, he created another world of art that was very rational and systematic. New woodblock prints from the Spot Painting series, which is one of the best examples, will be on the view. In this series, colorful spots are arranged regularly on a white canvas, setting up interactions between themselves that go on into infinity. The spots are said to refer to pills. The titles, such as Probucol (an antioxidant) and Manganese Chloride, all refer to drugs or chemicals.
 A major Hirst retrospective opened at the Tate Modern, the largest contemporary art museum in the U. K., on April 4. We hope you will enjoy the new “Spot” series of woodblock prints at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery.


“Crystal Chaos”
Katsuyo Aoki, Ryota Aoki, Satoshi Ohno, Kasetsu, Atsunobu Katagiri
Curated by Tomio Koyama
April 26th (Thu.) – May 13 (Mon.), 2012
 Tomio Koyama will also curate an exhibition “Crystal Chaos” at ‘CUBE’, another space in Shibuya Hikarie (8th floor). The exhibition features Katuyo Aoki (sculpture), Satoshi Ohno (painting), Kasetsu (calligraphy), and a collaboration between Ryota Aoki (ceramics) and Atsunobu Katagiri (Ikebana flower arranging). These artists see the future even in chaos. A new world would be created by the encounter of their different expressions.


“Rieko Otake, Hideaki Kawashima, Naoki Koide”
May 30 (Wed.) – June 25 (Mon.), 2012

  Rieko Otake brings out the mystery in simple materials such as unpainted wood and makes wood sculpture with a unique and resilient strength and depth. Hideaki Kawashima paints portraits with an intense gaze. The figures and facial expressions are widely varied but always reflect what is in his own heart and mind. Naoki Koide makes original sculptures and paintings with ideas taken from his own life and the environment around him. In this exhibition, we introduce three very interesting artists represented by Tomio Koyama Gallery.


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