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Shimon Minamikawa

Minamikawa Shimon, a Tokyo-born artist who has lived in New York and Berlin is a contemporary flâneur. His art world is rooted on the representation and expression of imagery that overflows in our daily lives. He selects an imagery from the façade of the metropolis and disbands it from its own context. Even if he crosses over diverse genres such as sculpture and performance, his favored playground is the canvas; he chose painting, which is one of the most conventional media, and paints with his own sensuous and rapid brushstrokes. His painting is a freeze-frame of this infinite panorama that is passing by our eyes every day. His paintings arouse ambivalent feelings, which are either fashion illustrations or American expressionism. Considering fragmented imageries that he tries to capture, it is rather an impressionism painting that trying to seize a moment of spectacle.

 

Biography

1972 Born in Tokyo

1994 BA Department of Graphic Design, Tama Art University, Tokyo
Lives and works in Tokyo and New York

Solo Exhibitions

2017 A Language All Your Own, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
2016 And another story about painting, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
2014 Blank, Map, Snow, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, U.S.
Play Play, Inman Gallery, Houston, U.S.
2013 New Year, Videos, Photos (and what else but Paintings), NADiff Window Gallery, Tokyo
THIS IS OUR MUSIC, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Retrospective, The Vanity East, Los Angeles, U.S.
2012 Ace of Spades, Seven, King, Capsule, Tokyo
Mirror, Music, Multimedia, NADiff Gallery, Tokyo
Less the color, a month from Tokyo, 47 Canal, New York
2011 GHOST, NEW PAINTINGS, TOKYO, etc., Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
2010 And, ABC, Then, Roppongi Hills Art & Design Store, Tokyo
2009 Show Window Project, Montblanc Ginza, Tokyo
2008 Pink, Black, War and Peace, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Actually, Seoul
2006 Egypt, a woman of quality, circle and square, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
1999 project N 01 MINAMIKAWA Shimon, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

Publications
2012 "THE PLAYING CARDS" (Capsule, 2012)
"Playing Cards Championship Photos by Shimon Minamikawa" (47 Canal, 2012)
2010 "THE ABC BOOK" (Hikotaro Kanehira, 2010)

Public Collections
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon

Group Exhibitions and Performances

2019 Shimon Minamikawa & Nathan Hylden, Hakgojae Cheongdam, Seoul
Abstract Painting, La Maison de Rendez-vous, Brussels
2018 Letʼs See Action, The Pollock Gallery of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, U.S.
2017 Blue Danube, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, U.S.
Post-Formalist Painting, Komagome Soko, Tokyo
2016 Trevor Shimizu, Shimon Minamikawa, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, U.S.
2015 We Are All Cats, Karma International, Zürich, Switzerland
Artist File 2015 Next Doors, The National Art Center, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
Voices of 20 Contemporary Artists at Idem Paris: a Lithography Studio in Montparnasse, Tokyo Station 
Gallery, Tokyo
Whitney Block Party, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Shimon Minamikawa and Ei Arakawa - Forever Now, K21, Düsseldorf, Germany
2014 Vienna Complex, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York
The Way of Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Man & Play, Brennan & Griffin, New York
Collection 1, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
CK1 Daily, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.
2013 Blue Valentine, XYZ Collective, Tokyo
Chinese Whispers, CURA. Basement, Rome
Why Not Live for Art? II – 9 Collectors Reveal Their Treasures, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo 
Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
O.E.C.F.D.S., TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME, Tokyo
Now Japan, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Suddenness + Certainty, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Why Painting Now?, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
19516 kilometers from Milwaukee or 12126 miles, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Shimon Minamikawa: The Third Playing Cards Championship and The Second Coffee Party, The Vanity 
Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.
2012 Meguro Addresses: Artist in Urban Life, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
Winter Journey, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, U.S.
Real Japanesque: The Unique World of Japanese Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Art, 
Osaka, Japan
Playing Cards Championship, CAPSULE, Tokyo
Her Name is Abstra, Daido warehouse, Kyoto, Japan
2011 Photographs and Paintings, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Villa Tokyo, Kyobashi, Tokyo
2010 SSS - Expanded Painting, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Portrait 2, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2009 Geba Geba summer show – Geba Geba 4 week, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Stripe, Dots and Skulls In Assorted Shapes, Colors and Sizes, Soka Art, Tainan, Taiwan
Shuichi Yoshida・Shimon Minamikawa “Story of Yonosuke", Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
2008 New Tokyo Contemporaries, Shin-Marunouchi Building, Tokyo
hereʼs why patterns, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Chasing for the Cobalt Blue, Zenshi, Tokyo
Montblanc Young Artist Patronage in Japan 2008, Montblanc Ginza, Tokyo
Oriental Metaphor, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2007 Dreaming, Faraway, Inman Gallery, Houston, U.S.
Oriental Metaphor, MOCA, Shanghai
2006 Oriental Metaphor, Gallery Loop, Seoul
Artworks
Green ground (Cat Object)

2018

Acrylic on canvas

27.5 x 41 cm

Green ground (Cat Object)

2018

Acrylic on canvas

27.5 x 41 cm

Green ground (cat object)

2018

Acrylic on canvas

Left: 45.7 x 33.5 cm / Right: 33.4 x 33 cm

Group of 4 people

2018

Acrylic on canvas

45.7 x 38.3 cm

Three Sphinx

2017

Acrylic on canvas

145.5 x 112 cm

Untitled

2017

Acrylic on canvas

145.5 x 112 cm

Fact Check

2017

Acrylic on canvas

130.5 x 194 cm

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