Yutokutaishi AKIYAMA

Born 1935 in Tokyo. Akiyama graduated in 1960 from the Department of Sculpture at Musashino Art School. At Gifu Independent Art Festival of 1965, he exhibited himself. Calling this “pop happenings,” he also engaged in “moving pop art” for the Japanese companies Kintaro and Glico. His first solo exhibition was held in 1973 at Galleria Grafica in Tokyo. In 1975 and 1979, Akiyama ran for mayor of Tokyo in an attempt to bring pop art into politics. He participated in the 1986 exhibition “Japan’s Avantgarde, 1910-1970” in Paris, and a retrospective was held in 1994 at the Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art in Ito.

In 1997, when Toki no Wasuremono was still located in its own building, we held the exhibition “Akiyama Yutokutaishi: The Emperor Going for a Walk.” Tin plate sculptures of Akiyama’s “Emperor” were set up in the garden. While the sculptures were standing there in the fresh breeze of spring, Akiyama felt he had lived up to his reputation, saying that art does not always need to be a hyperbolic affair.

 


"Work"

1997
Watercolor
Image size: 27.1×35.1cm
Sheet size: 27.1×35.6cm
Signed

"Triangle Man"

1989
Tin sculpture
H27×11.5×11.5cm
Signed and dated on the back of the base


"Diamond Emperor"

1982
Bronze
43.0×15.0×15.0cm
Signed

SOLD

 


"Baron X"

2001
Tin plate sculpture
H22.0cm×5.2cm×5.2cm
Signed and dated on the back of the base
SOLD

"Baron O"

1993
Tin plate object
H7.3×7.3×27.5cm
Signed on the back of the base
SOLD
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◆ AKIYAMA Yutokutaishi, Biographies of Extraordinary Fringe Candidates:
The Super-Avantgarde You Should Know About

Nigensha, 2002
18.8×12.8cm
240 pages, Japanese
Signed

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only)
2006
127th Gallery exhibition: Objects: My Favorite 4 Prints and 20 Objects, Apr 21-May 13, 2006

1999
64th Gallery exhibition: Watercolors and Drawings by Narashige KOIDE, Takeo YAMAGUCHI, Kiyoshi HASEGAWA, Yayoi KUSAMA, Yutokutaishi AKIYAMA, Makoto MIKAMI, Genkichi SUGIMOTO, Shosuke OZAWA, Kumi SUGAI, Takao ONO, Naoki FUNAKOSHI, and others, Dec 3-Dec 11, 1999

1997
28th Gallery exhibition: Akiyama Yutokutaishi: The Emperor Going for a Walk. Tin Plate Sculptures and Drawings, May 6-May 17, 1997
23rd Gallery exhibition: A Toy Box of Objects and Prints? Works by Ay-O, Imi Knoebel, Yasumasa MORIMURA, Kazuo TAKIGUCHI, Yutokutaishi AKIYAMA, and others, Feb 14-Mar 1, 1997