Yoshio Sekine関根美夫

Yoshio Sekine was born in Wakayama, Japan. Sekine met the influential painter Jiro Yoshihara (1905-1972) through the Jiyu Bijutsu Kyoukai (Free Artists' Association) and was involved in the founding of the avant-garde Gutai group in 1954. In 1955, Sekine participated in The 7th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition. In 1958, his work was selected for an exhibition curated by Michel Tapié (1909-1987), The International Art of a New Era: Informel and Gutai, which launched at the Takashimaya Department Store in Osaka and then travelled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Sekine left Gutai and moved to Tokyo in 1959. At The 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition in 1963, he presented a painting of an abacus for the first time. From this point, Sekine went on to build his oeuvre around recurring motifs such as abacuses, gates, rail wagons and Mt. Fuji. His other notable exhibitions include Trends in Contemporary Art: Paintings and Sculptures (the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 1964), The 2nd Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum Award Exhibition (Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, 1965) and The 1960’s: A Decade of Change in Contemporary Japanese Art (the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1981, later travelling to the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto). Sekine also received the prestigious Mainichi Art Award in 1952.

The abacus was perhaps the most prominent subject in Sekine's artistic career. He produced many works iterating this motif in a diverse range of colour schemes and compositions until his later years. Abacus beads can be moved and rearranged, each configuration signifying a number. Because of this reconfigurability and semiotic function, abacus beads make an intriguing motif for generating geometric compositions. In some of his works, the bead configuration indicates the date the work was completed. Through such play on a numerical sign system, Sekine's depictions of abacuses seem to turn to abstraction. Simultaneously, these works could also be seen as representational images that bring out the abstract qualities inherent to the abacus itself, achieving a new kind of 'realism' that transcends traditional illusionism.

WORKS

Title
GUTAI
Year
1954
Size
53 x 45 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
Title
Kagemusha
Year
1958
Size
45.5 x 37.9 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
Title
Unknown
Year
1958
Size
45.5 x 37.9 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
Title
No.24
Year
1964
Size
162.1 x 130.3 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
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Title
No.430
Year
1977
Size
33.7 x 45.7 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
Title
No.399
Year
1975
Size
130 x 194 cm
Material
Acrylic on canvas
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Title
No.389
Year
1975
Size
130 x 194 cm
Material
Acrylic on canvas
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Title
Unknown
Year
1964
Size
130 x 324 cm
Material
Acrylic, aluminum foil, silver foil on canvas
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Title
No.383
Year
1975
Size
132.2 x 164.5 cm
Material
Acrylic on canvas
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Title
No.388
Year
1975
Size
132 x 165.5 cm
Material
Acrylic on canvas
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Title
No.393
Year
1975
Size
132 x 164 cm
Material
Acrylic on canvas
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Title
Measurement Painting, Abacus
Year
1965
Size
163 x 131 cm
Material
Oil on canvas

EXHIBITIONS

Tokyo

Yoshio Sekine In Memorial of Yoshio Sekine

1990/2/13–2/23

白

Tokyo

Small Works

1981/12/1–12/19

Tokyo

The 2nd Tokyo Gallery Exhibition

1977/1/17–2/19

Tokyo

Yoshio Sekine

1975/11/10–11/29

Tokyo

Tokyo Gallery 1971

1971/4/28–5/11

Tokyo

Human Documents ’70-1

1970/1/31–2/14

Tokyo

Art in Wonderland

1967/12/11–12/26

Tokyo

Yoshio Sekine

1965/4/12–5/1

NEWS

Art Basel | Basel

Dates: September 24 (fri) – 26 (sun), 2021
Location: Messe Basel, Switzerland
Booth: E01
Artist: Yoshio Sekine, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Kishio Suga, Jiro Takamatsu, Park Seo-Bo

Art Basel Hong Kong

Dates: May 19 (wed) – 23 (sun), 2021
Location: Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Artist: Park Seo-Bo, Yoshio Sekine, Kishio Suga, Jiro Takamatsu, Atsuko Tanaka

Yoshio Sekine

『関根美夫』
Dates: December 26 (sun), 2020 – February 3 (wed), 2021
Location: Gene Gallery, 4F, Huayangnian, Luwan 68, Luban Rd.,Huangpu District