Kiyoshi Hamada, Ebb & Flow|March 18 Gallery Talk


On March 18, we will take a deep dive into Kiyoshi Hamada’s 60-year-long and growing career, and host a gallery talk focusing on art from the post-war period of the 1970s to the present.

While many may know of the various changes art underwent during the postwar period, few have had the opportunity to hear direct, intimate, and personal accounts from those who truly experienced these transitions. In this special event, mediated by art media figure, Ms. Kunugi, the seasoned gallerist Mr. Kawafune, and artist Mr. Hamada will look back on their own experiences to share and discuss inside stories about artists who made their mark in history, the art market of the time and much more. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the art world, from the 1970s to the present, firsthand.

*Please note, the gallery talk will be in Japanese only.


【Event Outline 】
Schedule|March 18, 2023, 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Guests|Kei Kawafune (Director, Gallery Kawafune)
Kiyoshi Hamada (Artist)
Moderator|Tomoko Kunugi (Ishin Denshin CEO)

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Guest|Kei Kawafune (Director, Gallery Kawafune)
Following his time with Hagurodo in Yushima, Tokyo, Kawafune opened Gallery Kawafune in Nihonbashi, Tokyo in 1983. Currently based in Kyobashi, the gallery’s extensive rota ranges from pre and post-war to contemporary art.
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Guest|Kiyoshi Hamada (Artist)
Kiyoshi Hamada was born in 1937 in Kochi, Japan. Following graduation from Tama Art University in 1961, Hamada became acquainted with leading post-war Japanese avant-garde artists, such as Yoshishige Saito, and began pursuing abstract modes of production. He received an Honorable Mention at the Osaka Biennale of Prints Competition of 1977 and, with much acclaim, has been active in various domestic and international exhibitions. In 2015, he held a solo exhibition, “The Legacy of Kiyoshi Hamada – Paintings of Layering and Erasing”, at the Nerima Art Museum. With great promise, Hamada’s oeuvre has developed over time. Nevertheless, from his iconic Drawing series to his recent monochrome semi-cultural works, Hamada’s preoccupation with the “systems” of production has remained essential to his work.

His works have been acquired by various museums, such as the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Japan), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (Japan), Artizon Museum (Tokyo, Japan), and the Kraków Museum of Art (Poland).

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Moderator|Ms. Tomoko Kunugi (Ishin Denshin CEO)
Born in 1969, Kofu City of Yamanashi Prefecture. A Keio University graduate, Kunugi received her Aesthetics and Art History degree in 1992.
Following graduation, Kunugi would work for an art-specialist publishing company for 25 years in the editing and sales of art magazines. In 2018, Kunugi established Ishin Denshin, a company involved in the editing of art books and catalogs, manuscript production, artist promotion, as well as in the operation of exhibitions. In 2022, Kunugi published “School Days of Artists” (Geijutsu Shimbunsha), a collection of narratives by 10 leading artists. Currently, Kunugi is the editor of Yuji Yamashita’s column on Geijutsu Shincho.