Art and Infinite Space
ONLINE LIVE Artist Talk
Wednesday, March 17, 4 PM
(approximately 1 hour 15 minutes)
Manika Nagare in conversation with Dr. Yasuko Tsuchikane
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA is pleased to announce an Artist Talk event in conjunction with AISA WEEK NY 2021 and Manika Nagare’s third New York solo exhibition of color abstract paintings. She will talk with Dr. Yasuko Tsuchikane, an adjunct assistant professor at the Cooper Union of Japanese modern art history. Their conversation will explore two important elements of Nagare’s work: color and abstraction, as well as wide-ranging projects such as public art and collaboration with dancers and fashion designers. They will also discuss Nagare’s new project in which she plans to trace the colors used in works by Japanese female artists marginalized by mainstream art history as a gender issue in Japanese art.
Manika Nagare was born in Osaka in 1975 and raised in Kagawa, Japan. She studied painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design. From 2002 to 2008, she lived and worked in New York City as a recipient of a Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Grant as well as a Pola Art Foundation Grant. During her New York years, Nagare interned at Frank Stella Studio working on the archive of his drawings. She has exhibited her work in Japan, the United States, Turkey, and France among other international venues. In addition to painting, Nagare has organized art workshops for children in Fukushima and been involved in a number of public art projects including the Minato City Library, Azabu branch in Tokyo. In fashion, her paintings have been applied to textiles as well as costumes for dancers.
Nagare also collaborates with Nakagawa Color Lab on finding contemporary Japanese colors.
Dr. Yasuko Tsuchikane holds a Ph.D. in Japanese art history from Columbia University and is an adjunct assistant professor at the Cooper Union, New York. Specializing in late 19th and 20th century Japanese art history, she has focused her research on the country’s intellectual, socio-political, and ideo-religious discourses in relation to the premodern visual and material cultures of Japan, Asia at large, and Euro-America, in areas such as ceramics, calligraphy, and architectural paintings for religious institutions. She is developing a book manuscript on Inshō Dōmoto, a mid-20th century Kyoto artist, focusing on his career as the most prolific artist in 20th century Japan of Buddhist temple architectural painting commissions, of which those from the 1960s and 70s are largely abstract art. Dr. Tsuchikane’s most recent publication is “Defining Modernity in Japanese Sculpture: Two Waves of Italian Impact on Casting Techniques” in Finding Lost Wax: the Disappearance and Recovery of an Ancient Casting Technique and the Experiments of Medardo Rosso (Brill, 2021).
OTHER EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC WORKS OF MAINIKA NAGARE