Noriyuki Haraguchi Japan — 1946

Nuriyuki Naragushi in front of his installation

Noriyuki Haraguchi °1946

Haraguchi was a leading figure of Mono-ha ('School of Things') and Post-mono-ha. Mono-Ha was an art movement led by Japanese and Korean artists of 20th-century. The Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials, such as stone, steel plates, glass, light bulbs, cotton, sponge, paper, wood, wire, rope, leather, oil, and water, arranging them in mostly unaltered, ephemeral states. The works focus as much on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space as on the materials themselves. His paintings and installations engaged with political and environmental issues using a post-minimalist visual language, expressing a precise attentiveness to their materials and spatial contexts. Haraguchi was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and he graduated from Nihon University, Tokyo, in 1970, as a student in the oil painting department. He began exhibiting his works while in college and amid the rising political turmoil of campus protests and student riots against the Vietnam War and the Japan-US Security Treaty. Yokosuka is home port of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, and Haraguchi’s early paintings and sculptures, such as the Ships series (1963–65), Tsumu 147 (Freight Car) (1966), and Air Pipes series (1968–69), reference the aesthetics and materials of militarism and heavy industry. Haraguchi created the iconic sculpture A-4E Skyhawk (1968–69) behind the student barricades at Nihon University. It was a full-scale reproduction of the eponymous US Navy fighter jet and was exhibited at the university before riot police retook the campus. Subsequently, Haraguchi’s adopted materials have come to include I beams, pressed-steel car parts, waste oil, polyurethane, and rubber—an aesthetic vocabulary quite distinct from those of contemporaries such as Lee Ufan, Nobuo Sekine, and Kishio Suga, who embraced more natural materials. Since the early 1960s, Haraguchi’s work has been exhibited extensively in Japan and abroad. In 1977, his spent-oil reflecting pool Matter and Mind was exhibited at Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany. Retrospective exhibitions have taken place at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2001); BankART, Yokohama (2009); and Yokosuka Museum of Art, 2011. Notable recent group exhibitions include Requiem for the Sun, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2012; and Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012. (Source: Tate, Fergus Mccaffee)  
Noriyuki Haragushi, Tusche, Bleistift und Blei 1978, 77.7 x 107.5 cm, handsigned and dated


21.04.23   Vernissage ‘Between the red lines’ – A thought-provoking vernissage is held in our pop-up space to officially open Yes but no. This exhibition showcases paintings from both local talent as well as internationally acclaimed artists and spans across multiple art movements and periods. Please feel welcome to join and have a chat (or not) about the collection.