Points of Convergence: Arakawa and the Art of 1960s – 1970s
Charles “Mark” Haxthausen is Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Emeritus of Art History at Williams College, where he taught from 1993 to 2016. During that time he served for fourteen years as director of the Williams College/Clark Art Institute Graduate Program in the History of Art. Professor Haxthausen has played a significant international role as a curator and consultant in the field of modern and contemporary German art. Known for his work on Paul Klee, he has published numerous articles on German artists and critics. He edited the book The Two Art Histories: The Museum and the University and co-edited Berlin: Culture and Metropolis. His exhibition, Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, presented at the Williams College Museum of Art in 2012, won the Association of Art Museum Curators’ award of excellence for the Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum in North America. His book, Carl Einstein: Refiguring Visuality, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.
Naoto Nakagawa was born in Kobe, Japan in 1944 and in 1962 he immigrated to New York City. His paintings have been widely exhibited, starting in 1968 at the legendary avant-garde Judson Gallery and recently at Feature, Inc. in New York. A two-part survey of Nakagawa’s work was mounted with his early work at White Box and his current work at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts. His work is included in many public and private collections including the New York Museum of Modern Art. He has taught at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.
Dr. Reiko Tomii is an independent art historian, who investigates post-1945 Japanese art in global and local contexts. Her research topic encompasses “international contemporaneity,” collectivism, and conceptualism in 1960s art, as demonstrated by her contribution to Global Conceptualism (Queens Museum of Art, 1999), Century City (Tate Modern, 2001), and Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art (Getty Research Institute, 2007). Her book, Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan, was published from MIT Press in Spring 2016.
The program was moderated by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Consulting Curator of Reversible Destiny Foundation.
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