Komai Tetsuro Exhibition — Prints from the Fukuhara Collection
Between the Dark of Night and the Light
Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth
At the Shiseido Gallery: In Adration of Color 26 October (Tue) to 19 December (Sun), 2010
At the Shiseido Art House: Melodies in Black and White 29 October (Fri) to 19 December (Sun), 2010
The Shiseido Art House and Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Gallery were pleased to present this exhibition of the works of Komai Tetsuro (1920—76), a pioneer in the field of copperplate printing in Japan and a figure who made a major impact on printmaking in the post-war period.
The Shiseido Gallery's long relationship with Komai began when it hosted his highly anticipated first solo show in 1953, and continued through numerous group exhibitions through his last show as the final exhibitor in the Kyu Nin no Kai (Group of Nine) exhibition. To commemorate the 90th anniversary of Komai's birth, this exhibition presented a selection of his works from the collection of Shiseido Corporation honorary chairman Fukuhara Yoshiharu, now temporarily housed at the Setagaya Art Museum.
At the Shiseido Art House, the exhibition focused on Komai's monochrome works, known for highlighting “the beauty of forms in black and white,” including about 150 pieces considered representative, significantly early, or created as book illustrations in collaboration with various poets and authors. At the Shiseido Gallery, the exhibition showed about 100 color monotype prints that were central to the Fukuhara collection, introducing the artist's use of color. Together these exhibitions offered an excellent opportunity to look back with fresh perspective on the career of this groundbreaking copperplate print artist.