1 August 2010 § Leave a comment
In preparation for a visit to the Whitechapel Gallery Alice Neel retrospective I dropped in to see In the Company of Alice at the impressive Victoria Miro Gallery (press release: Portraits and figurative paintings by a diverse group of artists. A number of these artists admire or have been inspired by Alice Neel). Having now told you about it I have to break the news that the exhibition closed a few days ago – but do though browse the works via the website. Elizabeth Payton, Yayoi Kusama, Philip Pearlstein, NS Harsha were amongst those shown although, for me, the amazing Wangechi Mutu stole the show.
However, I digress. The Parasol Unit next door to Miro is always well worth a visit when making the hike out to Miro and this was no exception. I had heard of Tabaimo but not seen any work and so I entered the gallery with few preconceptions. Within minutes I was totally captivated and spent over an hour viewing all her entrancing videos in their entirity. Inspired by traditional Japanese drawings and prints they are neverthless totally modern. She comments on modern Japanese life and how her generation attempts to reconcile today’s realities with traditional values. Skilfully hand drawn and cleverly animated, sometimes on multiple walls, her imagery is in turn beautiful, surreal, voyeuristic and often disturbing. Showing until 6 August I highly recommend hurrying down to visit before it closes!
Avoiding any lengthy and largely futile attempts to convey the realities of a Tabaimo video there is one clip as a taster or try youtube for a handful of others (mostly limited in quality!) . I strongly advise trying to get down to see the real thing – good luck! ,
About Tabaimo. Born 1975 in Hyogo, Tabaimo lives and works in Nagano. She graduated in 1999 from the Kyoto University of Arts and Design. Her graduation work, Japanese Kitchen, an animated video installation, gained first place in the 1999 Kirin Contemporary Award. In 2001, she was the youngest artist to enter the first
Yokohama Triennale with Japanese Commuter Train. She has been involved in many international exhibitions and group exhibitions, including the 25th Bienal de São Paulo, the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, and the Venice Biennale 2007’s Italian pavilion. She is represented in NY by James Cohan.
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- Victoria Miro | interview (guardian.co.uk)
- Wangechi Mutu Named Deutsche Bank’s 2010 Artist of the Year (eon.businesswire.com)
- Alice Neel: Painted Truths | Art review (guardian.co.uk)
- Alice Neel: the art modernism neglected (telegraph.co.uk)
- Alice Neel: Painted Truths, Whitechapel Gallery, London (independent.co.uk)