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GLOBAL POP UNDERGROUND
Jul 4, 2020 at 11:00 am - Jul 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm￥500
The Nanzuka contemporary art gallery, presents the Global POP UNDERGROUND exhibition at Shibuya PARCO on the 4 floor. The exhibition follows the concept of “TOKYO POP UNDERGROUND” originally showcased at the Jeffery Deitch galleries in New York and Los Angeles. The GLOBAL POP UNDERGROUND exhibition showcases global artists selected from the “UNDERGROUND” exhibition. The term “underground” encompasses all areas of counter culture considered vulgar and lofty such as sex, punk, cyber, science fiction, psychedelic, street, and manga otaku. In the “TOKYO POP UNDERGROUND” exhibition Shinji Nanzuka uncovered the context of Japanese artists outside the framework of “art for art” while citing the historical background peculiar to Japan.
Until the Meiji era, art was thought to be practical, without much focus on integrating popular culture. Calligraphy, folding screens, fusuma, paintings, tea utensils, ukiyo-e as posters, and dolls were originally considered “pop” works of arts and are considered “underground” from the perspective of academic art historians.
This exhibition follows the context of Japan’s original arts as an antithesis to the stereotypes of upper and lower levels in arts categorization, the explosion of the context of outliers which is occurring simultaneously on a global scale. The main participating artist are Keiichi Tanaami, Harumi Yamaguchi, Toshio Saeki, Motoki Sorayama and others.
In addition to the legendary artists who have paved the way, there will also be exhibitions from young upcoming artists as well. By presenting the works of artists with various backgrounds such as illustration, design, manga, street art, and underground culture in parallel, we systemically showcase the diversity of art in progress.