After raising over $20,000 USD for the NAACP to support Black Lives Matter as part of an artwork auction organized by roosi, Meguru Yamaguchi returns with a sprawling new exhibition at Tokyo’s Seibu Shibuya outpost. Titled “HIGHER SELF,” the presentation features a slew of new sculptural paintings by the celebrated Japanese artist. A total of 20 new works are on display, reflecting on Yamaguchi’s ongoing practice of creating three-dimensional brushstrokes.
Yamaguchi created the paintings under the series REVISUALIZED amid the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike his earlier sculptural paintings, these newer pieces showcase the rawness of his signature brushstrokes with the artist undergoing new techniques to push the boundaries of the materials used to create his works. Whereas his previous creations feature a glossy resin finish, the REVISUALIZED works are left unpolished and untouched so viewers can observe the variety of textures across his abstract compositions.
Accompanying the works on display are past apparel collaborations including pieces from Issey Miyake Men, Uniqlo, Nike, ALIFE, among others. Check out the installation views for “HIGHER SELF” in the slideshow above. “HIGHER SELF” is on view at Seibu Shibuya until August 10.
Elsewhere in art, Hauser & Wirth is spotlighting iconic paintings by Philip Guston as part of a three upcoming online viewing rooms.
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Solo exhibition “HIGHER SELF” @ SEIBU SHIBUYA from today! Video by @tokyo_city_lights Music by @maechang01 and @takutrumpet Title design @reinakanish I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart!!! Please stop by if you are around in Tokyo! Thank you!!! https://youtu.be/f13ExMcpmvA 【HIGHER SELF】 ARTIST : MEGURU YAMAGUCHI Starring : @irie._._ , @kush_naka , @rihomisato Music : maechang "Enter The Bedford feat. Takuya Kuroda" Title Design : REI NAKANISHI Director : JOHN DARLING Cinematographer : Yuki Suematsu 【MEGURU YAMAGUCHI – HIGHER SELF】 ■7月17日（金）～8月10日（月・祝） ■西武渋谷店 A館7階＝特設会場 Meguru Yamaguchi 23歳で渡米以降、東京とニューヨークで育まれた感性と独自の技法による作品で注目を集める現代美術の新世代アーティスト、山口歴(やまぐち・めぐる)。伝統的な“ブラッシュ・ストローク”をカット・コラージュし、時代のスタイルに昇華。勢い溢れる独自の技法が観るものを圧倒します。会場では彼の最新作(REVISUALIZEシリーズ)約20点のほか、彼が今まで手がけたコラボレーションプロダクトも登場いたします。