THE CLUB is pleased to announce its new group show “Pattern - Forms of Beauty”, which will be on display from 28th October, 2017, to 4th January, 2018.
This exhibition includes key artists such as Christopher Wool, now regarded as one of the most important abstract painters of this century, and Agnes Martin, well remembered for her recent retrospective at the Guggenheim museum in 2016. The show also includes works by Yayoi Kusama and Genichiro Inokuma to represent the exhibition theme from both Western and Eastern perspectives.
Genichiro Inokuma is a Japanese artist who was selected as one of the exhibiting artists of “The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture” exhibition organized by New York's MoMA in 1966. He is also the designer of a very popular pattern called “Hana-Hiraku” [Flowers in Bloom], which was originally commissioned as the first original wrapping paper for a Japanese department store chain, Mitsukoshi. The pattern holds its timeless charm to this day as it continues to be a highly recognizable design all around the world. The exhibiting artists also include a critically acclaimed European artist, Daan van Golden, who discovered the Japanese graphic traditions of pattern design during his stay in the country in the 1960s, which he later took into his own creative process. This exhibition becomes a unique opportunity to place together Inokuma's and Golden's well known works which portray the “Hana-Hiraku” motif.
The exhibition also presents new works by Richard Rhys, a London-based artist who explores possibilities of patterns in multiple media and made his name with his exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries and other prestigious venues.
History has given birth to a variety of “beauties”, as well as an assortment of value systems to gauge them, all of which represent tastes that are intrinsic to each time period and its constructions. Within human creation, patterns can be said to be unique in their ubiquity, present in all geographical regions in diverse forms; sometimes as ornamental elements that constitute what came to be called art, and other times as pragmatic elements that give shape to signs and many other means of communication.
Our “Pattern - Forms of Beauty” exhibition is pleased to present various patterns expressing what we would see as “universal beauty,” and as connecting art and our everyday life.