Small Works


First, we send our sincere wishes to all those who have been affected by the current pandemic. We wish our friends around the globe a return to safety and good health soon.

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP’s latest exhibition, Small Works, will begin on Saturday, June 13th. This exhibition presents small to mid sized works from across the gallery’s program including some that will be on show at the 2020 June Edition of Art Basel Online Viewing Room.

We fully understand and respect that safety measures are still in observation. For those who cannot view the works in person, please feel free to contact us over email. We are happy to provide any further information on the exhibition and address any other questions or concerns. We hope to make the art experience online enjoyable and informative.

Park Seo-Bo is a leading figure in contemporary Korean art and the Dansaekhwa movement. Park was born in 1931 in Yecheon, Gyeongsang, Korea. He graduated from Hongik University, Department of Painting in 1954.

Park is best known for his Ecriture series of paintings. Ecriture is French for “writing”. The series has continuously evolved since its inception in 1967. But the shared simple form of the works in this series reflects Park’s unyielding pursuit of spirituality through repetitive but focused acts of “drawing.”

Park first exhibited at Tokyo Gallery in the 1975 group exhibition Five Hinsek ‘White’: Five Korean Artists. This exhibition has often been referred to as the original presentation of Korean monochrome painting. Since then, Park has now held six solo exhibitions at Tokyo Gallery with the latest in 2016.

Park is highly acclaimed for both own his artistic practice as well as his promotion of contemporary Korean art throughout his career. He received the Korea’s National Medal (Medal of Seokryu) in 1984, Order of Cultural Merit (Silver Crown) in 2011, and Asia Society’s (Hong Kong) Asia Arts Game Changer Award in 2019. His works are collected by public institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum (New York and Abu Dhabi), Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

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Koji Enokura

Koji Enokura was born in Tokyo in 1942 and obtained a MFA from the Oil Painting Department of Tokyo University of the Arts in 1968.

At the age of 27, Enokura presented an installation work at the “10th Tokyo Biennale ”, which the influential critic Yusuke Nakahara served as the commissioner. Other participating artists of this Biennale included Richard Serra, Christo, Carl Andre, Jiro Takamatsu and Susumu Koshimizu.

The following year, he received the Scholarship Award at the 7th Paris Youth Biennale. After staying in Paris in 1973-1974 he held solo exhibitions at Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen in West Germany and the National Museum of Art in Osaka, which earned him much international acclaim.

In 1978 and 1980 he participated in the “Venice Biennale.” Although Enokura passed away in 1995 at the age of 52, his work and ideas has continued to draw a great deal of attention and several large-scale retrospectives were held both in Japan and abroad.

Enokura’s works are known for the distinctive techniques used to produce them as well as their commanding presence. Some of his most well known pieces include wall-sized murals slathered with waste oil and his “stain” works, which consist of waste oil and acrylic paint on wooden panels affixed to cotton cloth. By focusing consistently on the relationships between objects and the sense of materiality that can be found in how the human body relates to these objects, Enokura’s work represents an attempt to deviate from the framework of painting.

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Kishio Suga

Kishio Suga was born in 1944, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Suga graduated from the Painting Department of Tama Art University in 1968. From the late 1960s onwards, he has been active as one of the central figures of Mono-ha, a sculptural and installation based art movement that emerged in the late 1960s. Through his practice of assembling natural, industrial or found materials into a room size installation piece, he intends to examine the relation between objects, space, and human perception in tandem to the surrounding environment. Suga’s solo exhibitions have been organized by numerous museums in Japan including Kishio Suga Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997; Stance, Yokohama City Museum, 1999; Uncertain Void: Installation by Kishio Suga, Iwate Museum of Art, 2005. His most recent solo show Situated Latency was held at the Contemporary Art Museum, Tokyo in 2015.

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Susumu Koshimizu

Susumu Koshimizu was born in Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture in 1944. He enrolled in the Department of Sculpture of Tama Art University in 1966 and left school due to student protest in 1971. Koshimizu became a prominent artist in the Mono-ha movement from the 1960s, creating minimal sculptures and installation pieces from basic materials such as iron, wood and paper. He was a faculty of the Department of Sculpture at Kyoto City University of Arts from 1994 to 2010, and currently serves as a president of Takarazuka University. He is now based in Kyoto, Japan. Koshimizu participated in various international art exhibitions including Tokyo Biennale: Man and Matter, Venice Biennale and São Paulo Biennale. He is a recipient of numerous awards in Japan including the prize at 3rd Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition held at Suma Palace Garden, Kobe (1972); Prize for Excellence, 11th Teijiro Nakahara Award (1980); 10th Denchu Hirakushi Prize (1981); 38th Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize for Freshman (1988); 2nd Kyoto Culture Prize (1989); Prize for Merit, Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Award (1999); 2nd Enku Garden Award (2003); Medal with Purple Ribbon (2004).

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