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Yuko Nasaka and Kim Lim Exhibition at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery – A Private View with Deputy Director Bianca Chu

22 September — 10:30 am

Friday 22 September 2017  10:30am

S|2 Gallery
31 St. George Street
London W1S 2FJ

Members of the Japan Society only
Free – booking essential

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Booking deadline: Wednesday 20 September 2017
Place are limited so early booking is recommended

In addition to already well-known figures such as Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono, a number of other Japanese women artists from the same generation have been “rediscovered” in the past decade. Yuko Nasaka was one of the first and few women to be invited by leader Jiro Yoshihara to join the Gutai art group in 1963. Though she has exhibited widely in Japan since then, her work is rarely seen in exhibitions outside her home country. The presentation of her work at Sothesby’s S|2 Gallery in London is her first exhibition in Britain.

Japan Society members are invited to a special viewing of this exhibition led by Bianca Chu, Deputy Director of Sothesby’s S|2 Gallery, who will give a brief insight of the works and career of Nasaka and contextualise the exhibition within the field of Post-war Japanese Art. The tour will also include a viewing of the exhibition by Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker Kim Lim, who is best known for her exploration of form through balanced wood structures and detailed stone-carved sculptures.

Following the tour of the exhibition, light refreshment with tea, coffee and pastries will be served.

Yuko Nasaka was born in Osaka in 1938. She never officially studied art, but took up painting at an early age in junior school and continued to paint landscapes and portraits at an art club in high school. After graduating from Osaka Shoin Women’s University, Nasaka began experimenting with abstraction simultaneously in several different styles during the early 1960s. She was invited by the mentor and leader of the Gutai Art Association, Jiro Yoshihara to join the art group and presented her first solo exhibition at the Gutai Pinacotheca in 1964. Nasaka would continue to play a significant part in the critical transformation of Gutai over the years, moving away from gestural abstraction towards a more minimal abstraction with differing conceptual concerns. After a two-decade break, Nasaka began creating artwork again, holding several solo exhibitions in Tokyo in 2014, and Antwerp in 2015.

Kim Lim was born in Singapore in 1936. She studied at St. Martin’s in London where she was immediately drawn to sculpture, specifically wood carving. Lim then transferred to the Slade where she also developed as a print maker under the teaching of lithographer Stanley Jones and etcher Anthony Gross. In 1979, the first retrospective of Lim’s work was held at the Roundhouse Gallery and Lim’s stone sculptures were also exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1995. Editions of Lim’s works such as her Intervals series from 1973 are part of the Tate collection.

Bianca Chu is deputy director and gallery specialist at S|2 Gallery, the private sale and gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department. Before joining Sotheby’s this year, she worked as Associate Director for Christie’s, engaging with established collectors as well as contemporary art aficionados and new collectors.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

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