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Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in the 1990s

May 10 - July 31, 2007

An exhibition presented by The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor of the Colonnade

Gallery Hours:

Mon. - Fri, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Special Saturday openings: May 12, June 2, July 7, 12 noon-5:00 PM

Special weekend openings for Doors Open Toronto
May 26, 27
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Closed: Other Saturday and Sundays, Victoria Day, May 21, Canada Day, July 2

Free Admission

30 works in 55 pieces by 9 artists:

ECHIZENYA Yoshitaka, AIDA Makoto , NUKATA Nobuhiko, MARUYAMA Naofumi, KOBAYASHI Takanobu, MURAKAMI Takashi, TARO Chiezo, NARA Yoshitomo, FUKUDA Miran

Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in the 1990s is an attempt to show how young Japanese artists have understood and tried to further develop artistic expression contrasting the long tradition of their genre with the nature of the final decade of the twentieth century, a time of rapid developments in information networks and communications technology. What is the role that painting can play amid the tumult of today's rapidly changing world, or even within the world of the arts? This is a question of concern not only in Japan but also throughout the world.

Today, it cannot be denied that painting as a genre of art has tended to grow closed and exclusive out of its very pursuit of autonomy and purity. If the viewer gains no enjoyment from what is seen in a painting and if a painting does not provide a place where some kind of communication is established between the work and the viewer or between the viewer and the artist, some fear that the raison d'etre of painting itself may be at risk.

The artists whose works are included in this exhibition were born in or around the 1960s and were reared in the midst of the advanced consumer society, surrounded by a plethora of semiotics and information. By portraying the realities that actually surround us, they are attempting to open up new horizons in communication between people and painting. We hope that this exhibition will enable viewers to enjoy that sort of communication.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents

The Satoyama Story: Vivian Reiss in Japan

An artist's reflection of life and art in a tiny rice-farming village in the mountains of Japan

August 8 - October 25, 2007

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor of the Colonnade
416.966.1600 x. 224

Free Admission

Living for three months in a rice-farming village in Japan, Toronto painter Vivian Reiss created an extraordinary body of artwork. She painted a series of intensely personal portraits of the inhabitants of the village, which express on a deep level the soul of the individuals and the culture of the village. The work was part of the Echigo Tsumari Triennial, the largest international art exhibition in Japan, visited by 300,000 people. This exhibition showcases her paintings from this period, including portraits; paintings of mountain flowers, snow monkeys & Japanese toys & antiques, which are contextualized with some of the objects themselves. Two stimulating lectures by Reiss and a concert accompany the exhibition.

See Vivian Reiss' work at www.vreiss.com

Lecture & Interview:
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 PM. RSVP 416.966.1600 x 500 or rsvp@jftor.org

Artist Tour & Concert:
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 PM. RSVP 416.966.1600 x 600 or rsvp@jftor.org

Exhibit Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Thur.: to 7:00 PM

Special Saturday Openings: Aug. 11, Sept. 8, and Oct. 13 Noon to 5:00 PM

Closed: Other Saturday and Sundays, Sept.3 (Labour Day), September 14, and Oct. 8 (Thanksgiving)

131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1R1
Phone: (416) 966-1600
Fax: (416) 966-9773

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