Katsuhiro YAMAGUCHI

Born in 1928 in Tokyo, Yamaguchi Katsuhiro throughout his career explored the artistic possibilities of a variety of new media. As such, he has proved to be of lasting impact on Japanese modern art. Yamaguchi enrolled in 1948 in at the Law School of Nihon University, however, in the same year he also founded Shichiyokai (“Seven-Days-a -Week Association”) with Shozo Kitadai, Hideko Fukushima and others, an art association where Yamaguchi contributed abstract painting. He participated in the 1st Yomiuri Independent Exhibition of 1949, and the Modern Art Exhibition of the same year. He also served as one of the founding members of Seiki no Kai (“Century Association”), together with painter Tatsuo Ikeda and the art critic Shin’ichi Segi. In 1951, a collective including Yamaguchi, Kitadai, Fukushima as well as the composer Toru Takemitsu and the critic/poet Kuniharu Akiyama founded the influential art group Jikken Kobo. Yamaguchi showed Vitrine at the Jikken Kobo Exhibition the following year, a work that has been called a “music box for the eye” by the critic Shuzo Takiguchi. In 1956, the exhibition “Kiyoshi Seike and Katsuhiro Yamaguchi: Decorative Spaces” was held at Wako Hall in Tokyo.

In 1960, Yamaguchi, Morio Shinoda, Kakuzo Tatehata and Bushiro Mori founded Modern Sculpture Group. In 1966, Yamaguchi exhibited “C-Relationship” at the 7th Modern Art Exhibition. He was awarded the Grand Prix at the 4th Nagaoka Modern Art Exhibition in 1967. Yamaguchi throughout the 1970s and 1980s continued to found and participate in a variety of art groups, among them Environmental Planning (with Arata Isozaki and Kotaro Usugane, 1968), Video Place (with Nobihiro Kawanaka, Hakudo Kobayashi and Fujio Nakaya, 1972), and Arts Unis (1982). At the EXPO Osaka 1970, Yamaguchi acted as the chief producer of the Mitsui Group’s pavilion, transforming it into a “total theater stage” experience. He also exhibited "Cube of Light." At the 11th Modern Art Exhibition, he contributed “Las Meninas No. 1." Yamaguchi became a professor of art at Tsukuba University in 1977, a position which he held until 1992 when he transferred to Kobe Design University as a professor of visual communication (until 1999). Since 1990, he also engaged in the planning and realization of Awaji Art Village. A retrospective was held at the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in 2006.

 


"C-Relationship"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 40.0x50.0cm
Sheet size: 49.0x63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

"Harbor"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 51.5x39.5cm
Sheet size: 63.0x49.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

"Cube of Light"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 59.0x46.0cm
Sheet size: 63.0x49.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

 


"Evening Progress"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 47.0x40.0cm
Sheet size: 63.0x49.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

"Silent Death"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 54.5x36.0cm
Sheet size: 63.0x49.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

"Red City"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 36.0x54.0cm
Sheet size: 49.0x63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

 


"Pen"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 59.0x46.0cm
Sheet size: 63.0x49.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

"Thrust No. 2"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 45.0x59.5cm
Sheet size: 49.0x63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

"Kaleidoscope"

1981
Silkscreen
Image Size: 59.0x46.0cm
Sheet size: 63.0x49.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

 


"Kinetic Fountain"

1981
Silkscreen
49.0x63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed with pencil

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only) 
2010
Web Exhibition: Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, May 16-Jun. 15