MISAKO & ROSEN is pleased to announce Ken Kagami’s “Modern Art”, the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. A selection of Kagami’s recent solo and group exhibitions includes : “Singalong”, Sogmento, Zurich (2023); “Abstraction!”, CADAN Yurakucho, Tokyo, (2021); “Trevor Shimizu & Ken Kagami Masterpieces”, Anthony Greaney, Boston (2020); “Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts”, Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London (2019).
“This is my art history.”
The present exhibition is rooted in self reference; a conversation which situates Kagami’s work in relation to an art history as seen through the lens of comedy. “Oil on Canvas”, a large-scale painting executed in oil on canvas, mirrors in the exhibition space entryway; Kagami’s “Mondrian” pictures the JR Yamanote line stations which leads to Otsuka; Brancusi, Picasso and Da Vinci are debased by Kagami’s reoccurring cast of Charlie Brown and Snoopy and, finally, contemporary masters Judd, Rauschenberg and Suga are reduced to captions – all at the service of provoking a laugh. Concrete Comedy; or, maybe, Modern Art.
*Kagami’s related exhibition, “Minimalism” will be on view at NADiff from 9. 12 – 9. 24 http://www.nadiff.com/?p=30873