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In the Little Playground: Hitsuda Nobuya and his surrounding students
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Published: September 10 2009

Nobuya HITSUDA "Futashikana-Fukei" (1987/2000); courtesy of the artist and Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, copy right(c) Nobuya HITSUDA

Yoshitomi NARA "My daddy’s pullover" (1994); courtesy of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, copy right(c) Yoshitomi NARA

This exhibition is composed of paintings and installation works by Hitsuda Nobuya and his 19 students. His former students include internationally active artists such as Nara Yoshitomo and Sugito Hiroshi who have created significant waves within contemporary art. Reflecting on the time and location where Hitsuda's vision met and crossed paths with these young talents, the exhibition also introduces the current activities of each artist. * The text provided by Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya.

Last Updated on August 25 2009

Editor's Note by Satoshi KOGANEZAWA

I would like to write in detail about this exhibition in a few days. Here, therefore, let me introduce briefly this well composed exhibition which is of a type rarely seen in recent years. In this exhibition, you can enjoy looking at creations by Nobuya Hitsuda, who taught at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music from 1975 to 2001, and his nineteen students. Needless to say, the relationship between Hitsuda and the students is not that of a master to his apprentices. Nonetheless, from an art-historical perspective, this exhibition is, in fact, held using a “school” as an axis to clarify a certain process. I would like to commend this exhibition in that it has succeeded in focusing on living artists from a historical viewpoint. Reading the above, you may feel this exhibition creates a serious image. Nevertheless, as shown clearly in the printed materials of this exhibition, such as its poster, its basic concept is to make viewers enjoy looking at the exhibits. Some of Hitsuda’s works are displayed next to pieces created by his students, including Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito and Yoshika Kato, which evokes for us a feeling of happiness in that all these works connect and sympathize with each other. I am sorry for writing at length about this exhibition when I intended to introduce it briefly. Were you able to grasp the great significance of this exhibition through this article? (Translated by Nozomi Nakayama)

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