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Matsui Fuyuko print editions and exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

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Keeping Up the Pureness by Matsui Fuyuko, 2005 (original) and 2010 (reproduction) - click to enlarge

Matsui Fuyuko. Insanely talented, bright, stunningly beautiful. And modest. There's more than enough reasons to worship this artist but for me personally, it's the fact that she wrote her doctoral dissertation on The Inescapable Awakening to Pain, through Visual Perception via the Sensory Nerves. *bites lips*

If you don't want to take my word for it but convince yourself of her many talents, please watch this footage of her working on Carved Limbs on an Altar over here on YouTube (sadly, embedding has been disabled).

I must say it's an absolute mystery to me why she's not as big in the occidental art world as back in Japan but it seems that enthusiasm for her work is slowly growing and as every so often, it's French galleries and publishing houses leading the way. And anyways, it's not like art appreciation in the West in this apathetic and ironic century still has ANYTHING whatsoever to do with technique, ingenuity, originality, imagination or vision. Sometimes it actually seems like it's the very opposite that's in demand.

Anyways, back to Matsui Fuyuko: First of all, Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo in conjunction with Galerie DA-END in Paris has released a beautiful signed and limited edition box sets of Matsui's oeuvre containing 20 of her artworks, including the very popular Nyctalopia and Keeping Up the Pureness (above). It can be pre-ordered from Naruyama for JPY 46,000. There's also a "KIRI" special deluxe set in an edition of 45 only which includes an engraving of the gorgeous Rough Draft for Virgin Specimen (2009, bottom) for JPY 480,000. More details on how to reserve and order here.

And before you go "Uh, that's very pricey. Bitch!" think about what sums the likes of Mark Ryden sell BOOKS full of repetitive iconography for these days. Also check the edition size on that. Exactly. I rest my case.

And in other brilliant news, Matsui Fuyuko will have an exhibition entitled Becoming Friends with All the Children in the World which opens later this month at Yokohama Museum of Art and will remain on view until March 2012. I know it sounds like a Michael Jackson manifesto, but I'm somehow sure that's not what it's about at all. More details about the show below.


Rough Draft for Virgin Specimen by Matsui Fuyuko, 2009 - click to enlarge

On show: Dec 17, 2011 - Mar 18, 2012

Address: Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan, tel: +81 (0)45 221 0300 | Map

Hours: Fri - Wed: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: ¥1,100

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5 comments to " Matsui Fuyuko print editions and exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan "

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    Lupe says:

    I just can't believe I've had never heard of her work before. Thank you for sharing such beauty!

    December 10th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    She really is amazingly brilliant. I just got the revised/expanded Matsui Fuyuko II book in to the shop and there's additional pencil drawings. I love that she shows her process and further explains her ideas and inspirations for her art.

    December 22nd, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Ah, yeah, I need to buy that book from you at some point. I saw it sold out the first time around.

    February 6th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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