Tokyo, b.1948

Nobuko Watanabe

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Nobuko Watanabe is the crossing artist between art and music after finishing her studies in Piano at the Soai Women’s University. She has developed her ideas about relationship between two contrasting subjects such as humans and materials, the past and the present, time and space, color and shape and sound and space. A style of her works that she has developed for the past 40 years is somewhat unique. We can see tension when colorful fabrics are pulled and mounted on a wooden frame; such tension creates natural curves, which can be seen as sophisticated relief sculptures per se. Sculptures and installation artworks displayed at this exhibition were created from the late 1990s to the present; they incorporate a wide range of art, which is based upon colors. Nobuko met...

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Biography

Nobuko Watanabe is the crossing artist between art and music after finishing her studies in Piano at the Soai Women’s University. She has developed her ideas about relationship between two contrasting subjects such as humans and materials, the past and the present, time and space, color and shape and sound and space. A style of her works that she has developed for the past 40 years is somewhat unique. We can see tension when colorful fabrics are pulled and mounted on a wooden frame; such tension creates natural curves, which can be seen as sophisticated relief sculptures per se. Sculptures and installation artworks displayed at this exhibition were created from the late 1990s to the present; they incorporate a wide range of art, which is based upon colors. Nobuko met the Gutai group artists at her early stage, which has been at the forefront of Japanese avant-garde art. Nobuko Watanabe is the recipient of the grand prize at the Yoshihara Jiro Art Competition (1999), while she developed her career in Europe and Japan. Later on, she hosted large-scale solo exhibitions at Aomori Contemporary Art Center (2002) and Otani Memorial Art Museum (2001). As of now, her exhibitions are going on in major cities of Germany and France and her works are included in the collections of Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art and Otani Memorial Art Museum.

Artworks

Blue and Blue and Green, 2007/2016

RELATED CATEGORIES

Art and Music / Color and Form / Fabric / Japan / Japanese Avantgarde / Relief / Sculpture / Tension / The Gutai Group / Wooden Frame

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1971

    Piano, Faculty of Music, Soai University, Osaka

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Nobuko Watanabe: Beyond "Beyond Color and Space", ARARIO GALLERY CHEONAN, Cheonan, Korea

  • 2015

    In-Between, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul

  • 2014

    In-Between, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015

    Jahresgaben 2015:Art - Can, Gallery Nomart, Osaka

  • 2014

    Aspekte, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

  • In-Between: Keiji Uematsu, Nobuko Watanabe, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris

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Education

  • 1971

    Piano, Faculty of Music, Soai University, Osaka

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Nobuko Watanabe: Beyond "Beyond Color and Space", ARARIO GALLERY CHEONAN, Cheonan, Korea

  • 2015

    In-Between, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul

  • 2014

    In-Between, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

  • In-Between, Gallery Nomart, Osaka

  • 2011

    From space to space, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

  • 2010

    From space to space, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka

  • Form and form, Artfront Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2009

    Form of color, Gallery Lads, Osaka

  • 2008

    Works:1997-2008, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan

  • Color spring into the space, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris

  • 2007

    A space into the color, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka

  • Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

  • 2005

    Mysterious Stripes, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka

  • 2004

    Keumsan Gallery, Seoul

  • 2003

    Gallery Sun, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015

    Jahresgaben 2015:Art - Can, Gallery Nomart, Osaka

  • 2014

    Aspekte, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

  • In-Between: Keiji Uematsu, Nobuko Watanabe, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris

  • 2013

    What a wonderful world of sculptures, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum Art, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Shinanobashi Gallery Collection, Hyogo prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan

  • 2012

    The link Between Words and Art,  Am Homage to Nakahara Yusuke, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan

  • Artistic interaction Avant-garde Kansai, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan

  • 2011

    Box, Gallery Nomart, Osaka

  • Minimal Cube, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul

  • 2009

    Singing that Wald, Asago Art Village, Asago, Hyogo, Japan

  • 2008

    Ab in den Suden, Meierhof Projekt, Duesseldorf

  • 2007

    24hours 7days a Week, Artversum, Duesseldorf

  • 2006

    Coloring Room, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan

  • 2002

    Artist in Residence, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan

  • 2000

    Osaka Trennale 2001, 10th International Contemporary Exhibition, CASO, Osaka

  • SIX DIRECTIONS: Recent works by 6 selected artists, Hillside Forum, Tokyo

Collections

  • 2015

    Japanese Cultural Institute Koln, The Japan Foundation, Koln

  • Kitakyushu Municipal Museum Art, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan

  • Asago Art Villege,Asago, Hyogo, Japan

  • Otani Memorial Art Museum ,Nishinomiya, Japan

  • Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka

  • Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Ashiya, Japan