From mid-November of last year to mid-February of this year, Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Hong Kong is showcasing a solo exhibition of Gutai artist Masatoshi Masanobu. An artist with a modest presence whose works often fall under the radar, he is one underdog you do not want to miss.
One year ago, Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Antwerp first introduced Masanobu in an exhibition centred on his wriggling paintings of the 1950s period. This time, the curators bring the artist’s subsequent works of the mid-1960s to the early 70s to Hong Kong. This period was when Masanobu’s Gutai work truly became prolific.
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Masanobu, who began painting at a young age while supporting himself as a teacher, already had a developed style of art in which he approached imagery of flowers and landscape before joining the Gutai movement. When Gutai was formed in 1954, his paintings changed significantly and saw lines and planes replacing his previous shapes of nature. Eventually, these lines and planes evolved into the round forms of his work in the 60s.
The solo exhibition of Masanobu at Axel Vervoordt Gallery focuses on this period, where the artist uses intense colours, shapes and materials to convey a sense of life.
To catch the only exhibition of Masanobu in Hong Kong, make sure to visit Axel Verdoordt Gallery from now to mid-February. It may be a long time to wait until you next see this Gutai artist’s work, otherwise!
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Unit D, 15/F Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
+852 2503 2220
Other art exhibitions you will love:
- ”8×10″, Wong Kan-tai
- “Invasions”, Charles Pétillon
- “M+ Sigg Collection”, various artists
- “Time and Being”, Darren Almond
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