Par Art, a private gallery in a renovated machiya (old Japanese house made in the Kyoto style), has started participating in the Kyoto Art Festival in recent years. A few artists who exhibit in the main group are selected for a show here but unlike the Annex and Kokokan, artists can sell their work at Par Art. Wendy Carroll, Deborah Stout, Minoru Masuda, Erika Kusumoto, Tomoko Yokota, and Wataru Kawashima were the lucky artists this year.
*Complete version of my portion for a list of favourite exhibitions in 2016 on Tokyo Art Beat.
For me, 2016 was the Year of the Woman Artist. These were the artists whose events I most greatly anticipated or talked about. Their art could be seen at small or large galleries and also at alternative spaces. Their careers cover the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries and several countries.
Kokoka is the shorted form of Kokusai Koryu Kaikan, the Japanese name for the Kyoto City International Foundation. Since Kokoka is a municipal building, it is involved with the Kyoto Art festival and has become a venue where a handful of artists can be spotlighted in recent years.
When you meet people only once a year at an exhibition, it is sometimes easier to remember their artwork. Now we can connect an artist’s face with his or her artwork.
Now the room is empty, and the sounds echo off the wall. It all happened in the blink of an eye…
To make this large group show easier to see, the work had to be divided into smaller sections. Does the artwork in this section belong with the paintings or the sculpture? You decide.