Blum & Poe Presents Yukinori Yanagi
Following the announcement of the artist’s worldwide representation, Blum & Poe is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Yukinori Yanagi. This presentation succeeds the two-part historical survey exhibition curated by Mika Yoshitake at Blum & Poe Los Angeles.
Yanagi is well known for his work dealing with systems of institutional and state control, national borders, colonization, diaspora and refugee crises, often focusing on politically charged representations of nationalism and “symbolic signs of stasis.” This presentation on view in Tokyo is connected to a body of work produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s that marked a shift in the artist’s practice, in which he employed the Pacific Ocean as a research site for excavating hidden histories of war.
The exhibition centerpiece, “Akitsushima 50·I / II” (2019), is a cast-iron replica of the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy seaplane tender Akitsushima, which the U.S. Navy bombed and sank in September 1944 and currently rests at the bottom of the Coron Bay of Busuanga Island in the Philippines.
Opening reception: November 2 | 18:00–20:00
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Image: Yukinori Yanagi, Akitsushima Instruction, 2000, acrylic on canvas