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Upcoming: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Oh Magic Night” @ HOCA Foundation

After a high profile showing at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered), Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) will be returning the the Asian city-state for an exhibition with the HOCA Foundation. Oh Magic Night, which sounds like o-maji-nai in Japanese, directly translated as good luck charm, will be a survey of the Brooklyn-based artist’s work expounding on themes of “mythological guardians, fictional tableaux and ornate abstraction.” Hosted at Shop 305, The Pulse (No. 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong) starting March 19, the show will include over 50 works including paintings and […]
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Releases: Tomokazu Matsuyama Monograph

Recently, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) release a new 109 page monograph featuring images of his intensely colorful work. The Japanese artist’s unique artistic language mixes both the figurative and abstract, inspired by Edo period woodblock prints and paintings as well as his experiences growing up in the States. Included also are photos from the Brooklyn-based artist’s studio and documentation of his more recent showings like his sculptures and public art at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered) and his exhibition at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley in 2015 (covered). Those interested in purchasing the […]
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Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Somewhere Here” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Last week in Luxembourg, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) presented new works entitled Somewhere Here at Zidoun-Bossuyt Galley. The Japanese artist’s new solo included a series of vibrant new paintings as well as steel sculptures created in monochromatic gold and silver. The New York-based Matsuyama’s characters were both rendered against complex “deco-florative” patterns in irregularly shaped canvases set in striking contrast against the white walls as well as were seen in a more minimalistic outline in sculptural form both inside and outside the gallery space. Take a look at more installation photos below… Discuss Matzu here.
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Previews: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Somewhere Here” @ Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Tomorrow night (November 18th) in Luxembourg at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) will be unveiling a selection of new paintings and a series of steel sculptures rendered in monochromatic gold and silver. Entitled Somewhere Here, the solo from the Brooklyn-based artist features complex compositions of expressionless figures seen against “Deco-florative” patterns. Seen throughout Matsuyama’s work are artistic influences that mirror his bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America including Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras, classical Greek and Roman statuary, French Renaissance painting, post-war contemporary art, and Abstract Expressionist painters […]
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Tomokazu Matsuyama x Adam Wojcinski Tea Ceremony

A couple weekends ago, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) & Lesley Kehoe Galleries invited a small group of guests to his Brooklyn studio to participate in a formal tea gathering and to watch a Butoh performance. The unique setting featured a background of the Japanese artist’s paintings, juxtaposed with the skills of Australian born and Paris-based Ueda Sōko Ryū Tea Master and Butoh artist Adam Wojcinski. Take a look at some more photos below of the cross-cultural experience… Discuss Matzu here.
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Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

Several weeks ago, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his third solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco (previewed), titled Come with me. Featuring a nice selection of the artist’s iconic paintings, this latest from Matzu continues on his aesthetic wherein classical Japanese motifs join with contemporary “superflat” style and vibrant color choices for an expressive and dynamic showing of representative and abstract works. Comprised of new acrylic paintings on stretched canvas and sculptural works, the exhibiton will be on view until May 2nd (as well as a panel […]
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Studio Visit: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

While preparing for his next big solo at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) recently hosted a studio visit from prolific art patron Swizz Beatz. While one of the pieces glimpsed in the New York-based artist’s workspace will end up in the record producer’s collection, the photos sent us reveals some of what Matzu has been working on for Come with me, his planned third solo with the Bay Area gallery. The exhibition opening on March 12th will feature paintings rendered in his signature aesthetic […]
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Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Outside Looking In” @ Lesley Kehoe Galleries

After a recent landmark showcase at Harbour City in Hong Kong (covered), Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) headed to Melbourne for his next project. Outside Looking In at Lesley Kehoe Galleries is the second exhibition in their Spring Series focusing on Japanese artists living and creating in New York, making Matzu a perfect choice, especially when considering the East meets West nature of his work. The show, which runs through October 25th, features a selection of Matsuyama’s colorful and kinetic paintings as well as sculptural works which demonstrate nicely his signature aesthetic of putting a […]
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Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Sky Is The Limit” @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

Over the weekend, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his new showcase (arranged by LeBasse Projects) at Harbour City in Hong Kong. Like other artists before him – KAWS (here), Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun (here), and Florentijn Hofman (here) – the New York based artist’s work dominated the main entrance and was also supported by a small exhibition of his work. Included are a 6.5 meter high stainless steel sculpture as well his contemporary Japanese imagery gracing the stairs, pillars, and adjacent billboards. Stop by for a look in you are in HK through September […]
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Upcoming: Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Sky Is The Limit” @ Harbour City (Hong Kong)

We recently stopped by the studios of Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) to catch up on a few projects he has in the works. Today we have for you a sneak peek of an upcoming collaboration (arranged by LeBasse Projects) from Matsu & Harbour City that has been getting prepped for lucky art heads in Hong Kong. Entitled Sky Is The Limit, a 6.5 meter-high stainless steel sculpture with one of his characters riding a horse aiming for the atmosphere from the Brooklyn-based Japanese artist will be unveiled soon. Based loosely on the classic […]
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