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Tadanori Yokoo Incomplete
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Published: October 14 2009
What's yours is mine. What's mine is mine.

”My Home Town in Red" (2008); 181.8×227.3cm, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, copyright © Tadanori YOKOO

The essence of Tadanori Yokoo’s art, which cuts across the genres of painting, design, film, theater, music, and culture, is “incompleteness.” In a process of altering our conceptions of the world, Yokoo feeds into himself all he sees and hears, reinterprets it, and outputs it in his own distinctive way. This exhibition, which turns Yokoo’s “incomplete” world inside out and explores it front to back, can be considered Tadanori Yokoo’s Unfinished Symphonic poem.

■ Mass release of uncompleted paintings stored away in Yokoo’s studio
Unexhibited works, uncompleted works, rejected works [Gallery 11]

■ Mass outbreak of uncompleted paintings outside Yokoo’s studio ・ Works born from PCPPP and “Yokoo’s Studio” [Galleries 7, 8; Project Room]

■ Incomplete person = incomplete icons the youth in Yokoo endlessly recreates
・ “Pink Girl”: The Madonna of a never-aging youth’s dreams [Galleries 9, 10]
・ “Rousseau”: Yokoo’s bold and impudent acts of parody [Gallery 14]
・ “Y Junction”: Where Yokoo lives—the junction of roads of unknown destination [Galleries 7, 8; other]

*The text provided by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Last Updated on August 01 2009

Editor's Note by Satoshi KOGANEZAWA

Under the concept of regarding the essence of Tadanori Yokoo’s art as “incompleteness”, this exhibition shows us Tadanori Yokoo’s creations focusing on his various and dynamic creative styles in which he has been making works inspired by a wide range of things. For example, you can see Yokoo’s past creation which is displayed next to his recent work created based on such previous piece, and his another work, which was made extracting from Rousseau’s creation, is shown together with the image of such original work (the original work itself is not displayed). In addition, you can find some fully planned ideas in display forms of this exhibition. For instance, next to the “Y Junction” series, the image of their creating scenes is being aired, and paintings of falls and some objets d’art (small artworks) are displayed casually in each exhibition room. The display space is composed of some relatively small rooms, which may give you a compact image of this exhibition. Nonetheless, I am sure you will gain a quality time there.

By the way, the “Morikage Kusumi Exhibition - The 50th anniversary of the opening of Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art” (26/Sep/2009-25/Oct/2009) is being held in Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, located approximately ten minutes’ walk from 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishikawa. This exhibition provides us with an opportunity to encounter good pieces which were made by past artists who succeeded in enhancing the quality of their works by actively referring to paintings drawn by Chinese and Japanese creators. It would be really regrettable to let such an opportunity to just pass on the ground that it is not a “modern art” exhibition. I highly recommend you to visit this exhibition together with the “Tadanori Yokoo Incomplete” when you get a chance. These two exhibitions have one thing in common in that they show the exhibits created by the artists who have established their own creative styles by extracting and interpreting past creations in exceptional ways.
(Translated by Nozomi Nakayama)

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