Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

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

by Suzanne on December 6th, 2011

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

Preview & press release

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

Matsui Fuyuko Japan Earthquake Charity Auction at Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo

by Suzanne on May 6th, 2011

Scattered Deformities in the End by Matsui Fuyuko, colour pigment on paper, 2007 - click to enlarge

With lots of smaller galleries having to close for long periods of time due to power shortages, Western galleries pulling out of promised travelling exhibitions and foreign investors withdrawing loans for retrospective shows in fear they may not be able to show prestigious artworks for years to come due to radiation exposure, the Japanese art scene is in very dire straits right now. The Art Newspaper has a good overview of the situation.

You may think it's very cynical to point out the arts considering the wider humanitarian and ecological context of tens of thousands of earthquake and tsunami victims, but a society needs recreation, needs culture, needs music, needs literature, needs art to find solace and strength to rebuild itself in desperate times.

Keeping up the Pureness by Matsui Fuyuko, colour pigment on hanging silk scroll, 2004 - click to enlarge

It's fantastic and inspiring to see so many determined independent local groups putting on no-budget gigs and DIY fundraiser art shows, and amongst all the Japanese exhibition cancellation emails I got yesterday, there was one positive note that infused me with great joy:

"Matsui Fuyuko has been painting to support the people affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.

These works will be exhibited at Gallery Naruyama and open for bidding.

All funds from this auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the victims and recovery of northeastern Japan.

I kindly ask for your participation and support."

- Matsui Fuyuko

In case you're unfamiliar with her oeuvre, Matsui Fuyuko is an exceptional artist, her technique century-old, her repertoire gigantic, her topics ranging from the anatomical to the existential to the spectral. Oh, and she's ridiculously hot.

The East Japan Earthquake Recovery Fund Charity Auction will be held at Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo from May 16 - 21.

A list of works has not been released yet but there will be "new works including rare pieces, such as drawings on a uchiwa (Japanese fan)". More details below.

© Matsui Fuyuko, via Trevor Brown - click to enlarge

On show: May 16 - 21, 2011

Address: Gallery Naruyama, #205 Matsuoka Kudan Bldg., 2-2-8 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 102-0074 Japan, tel: +81 (0)3 3264-4871, email: info@gallery-naruyama.com | Map

Gallery hours: Daily from 1 - 7 PM, except Wednesdays and Sundays.

Artist's website

Matsui Fuyuko on the WurzelForum® i | ii

Further reading: TateEtc visits Matsui Fuyuko's studio | Trevor Brown reviews her deluxe edition monograph | Matsui Fuyuko books at Edition Treville