This book, published to coincide with Suga’s major solo exhibition at his hometown Iwate, contains more than 110 works in a wide range of media, including installation, relief, drawing, photography, and activation, reflecting on his artistic practice over the past half-century. In addition to the 2 essays, this book includes a recent interview with the artist.
This book is a comprehensive overview of the work of Kishio Suga, who has fundamentally reexamined the nature of conventional art by taking away preconceived notions and delving into the essence of “things” and “sites” based on his singular philosophy.
【The Existence of “Things” and the Eternity of “Site”】
Size: 257 x 188 mm / 148 pages / Softcover
English & Japanese
Price: JPY 2,400
Texts by Kishio Suga, Akira Tatehata (President, Tama Art University) and Mayumi Hamabuchi (Curator, Iwate Museum of Art)
Date of issue: December 2021
Published by HeHe
Kishio Suga was born in Morioka city, Iwate Prefecture in 1944. In 1968 he graduated from the Department of Painting at Tama Art University, and served as a central member of the art movement Mono-ha that took place from the late 1960s to the 1970s. For over 50 years since, Suga has continued to pursue a consistent philosophy and actively develop his artistic practice, paving his own unique path as one of the leading figures of Postwar Japanese art in our times. Even in recent years when the reevaluation of Mono-ha has been gaining much international recognition, he persists in further deepening his contemplation, with his unfaltering passion and enthusiasm for his practice serving to define the presentness of his work.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1968, Suga has presented work on over 400 occasions in numerous exhibitions both within Japan and abroad. Recent years in particular have seen remarkable developments and achievements in his career. In 2016 he held solo exhibitions at Pirelli Foundation’s HangarBiocca in Milan and Dia: Chelsea New York, in addition to a two-person exhibition with Karla Black at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. He was selected for the 57th Venice Biennale, “VIVA ARTE VIVA” in 2017, receiving high acclaim for Law of Situation in which he recreated of one of his early representative works in the form of an installation floating on water. In that same year Suga participated in the group exhibition “Japanorama: New Vision of JAPAN from 1970,”curated by Yuko Hasegawa that was held at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France.
Suga’s works are also housed in numerous prominent museums throughout the world including the Centre Pompidou, Dia: Chelsea, the Tate Modern, Dallas Museum of Art, M+, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.