TADAAKI KUWAYAMA | selected works from 60y & collaborations
3 Jul 2021 — 28 Aug 2021
New York-based Tadaaki Kuwayama is currently being rediscovered internationally; especially in Asia and America. For the first time, Taubert Contemporary, together with the Mies van der Rohe Haus, is showing a comprehensive exhibition of the work of the artist, who was born in Japan in 1932. Tadaaki Kuwayama's works define the space with clear frames. Within these, an infinite vastness evolves. His minimalist works touch the spiritual-aesthetic senses and are thus closely related to the architectural concept of the Lemke House. The works on display are framing 60 years of his artistic work and illustrate an intensive examination of space as well as possible forms of limitation and expansion.
Tadaaki Kuwayama was born in Nagoya, Japan, and studied Japanese painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music until 1956. Inspired by American and European art, he emigrated to the United States in 1958, as did many other artists of his generation. In the years that followed, he combined the avant-garde influences of the American art scene with his traditional techniques. Kuwayama's monochrome, metallic-looking color surface painting has become his trademark and reflects his intense exploration of form, color, materiality, and space.