Ewao Kagoshima: The Phoenix

“The Phoenix” by E’wao Kagoshima is a large-scale painting that he created in 1982 as part of a series of large, monochrome works. This abstract piece centers on the creature’s head, especially the watchful eye, the beak, crown, and claw. The fiery red intensity gives the bird its phoenix-like character, as well as its seeming rise out of black ashes. An interesting item of note is the fairly detailed US dollar coin seated beneath the bird, humorously misspelled and haphazardly printed with a backward “N.” This piece, with its volume and energy, surely demands a grand, high-traffic space in need of a central talking point.


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"My painting is the only way to survive the brush work painting"

E'wao Kagoshima


E'wao Kagoshima (b.1945 in Japan) is a renowned international painter, sculptor and collage artist of the Japanese Pop Art and Pop Surrealist genres. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including The New Museum, MoMA PS1 and galleries throughout New York City, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, London, Brussels, and Zurich. Kagoshima emerged as an artist in Tokyo in the late 1960s and joined New York’s East Village art scene in 1976. He creates hyper-imaginative and erotic surrealist paintings with elements of kitsch and caricatures, as well as motifs from traditional Japanese culture. 


Ewao Kagoshima Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E%27wao_Kagoshima



BIOGRAPHY 


1945, Niigata, JP; Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION


1969 MFA Tokyo National University of Fine Arts

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2019
Brennan&Griffin, New York

2018
The Box, Los Angeles
Office Baroque, Brussels

2016
Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich

2014
Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York

2011
Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York

2008
Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York

1997
Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York

1986
Alexander Wood Gallery, New York

1983
Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York
The New Museum, New York

1982
Ten Gallery, Fukuoka

1976
Peter Franagan Gallery, New York
Nagai Gallery, Tokyo

1975
Matto Grosso Gallery, Tokyo

1971
‘Miniature Shop, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2018
‘The Seam, the Fault, the Flaw’, Greenspon, New York
‘Baltic Triennial’, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
‘25 Years: Representation’, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York
Condo, London

2017
‘The History Show’, Foxy Production, New York
‘Physical Mind Restless Hands’, Micky Schubert, Berlin
‘Works on Paper: 1813-2016’, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York
‘Namedropping’, Jan Kaps, Cologne
‘Therianthropy’, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

2016
‘Animality’, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Inaugural Exhibition, Romeo, NY
‘Photography, Concept, Performance, Documentation, Drawing, Language’, Mitchell Algus, NY

2015
‘Unorthodox’, Jewish Museum, New York

2014
‘Painters of Modern Life’, The Box, Los Angeles, California

2013
E’wao Kagoshima and Luther Price, Vilma Gold, London, England
‘Better Homes’, curated by Ruba Katrib, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York
‘Rien Faire Et Laisser Rire / Do Nothing and Let Them Laugh’, curated by Bob Nickas, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Ixelles, Belgium

2012
‘Creature from the Blue Lagoon’, Martos Gallery, organized by Bob Nickas, Bridgehampton, NY
Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London

2011
‘HAPPY HOLIDAYS! DRAWINGS!’, Alex Zachary, New York
‘Looking Back / The 6th White Columns Annual’, selected by Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi,
White Columns, New York
‘Foot to Foot: Alisa Baremboym, Darren Bader, Andrei Koschmieder, E’wao Kagoshima,
Debo Eilers, Tim Lokiec, Amy Yao’, curated by Margaret Lee, Regina Gallery, London

2010
‘Greater New York’, selection by Matt Hoyt, P.S. 1, New York

1996
‘Exquisite Corps’, curated by Mitchell Algus and Bob Nickas, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York

1995
‘The Ideal’, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York

1994
‘The Pop Image’, Marlborough Gallery, New York

1988
‘Group Show’, fiction/nonfiction Gallery (Jose Frere), New York

1987
‘One Eye or Two?’, Asian American Art Center, New York

1985
‘Correspondence: New York Art Now’, Laforet Museum, Tokyo and Osaka

1983
‘New Blood’, Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York

1982
‘The Graphic Rap Show’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

1979
‘A Survey of Contemporary Japanese Art ’79’, Japanese Society

1978
‘The Great American Foot Show’, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY

1974
Craft Asakusa Gallery, Tokyo


SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS



2016
Akkermans, Ari. ‘Contradictory Narratives of Contemporary Art, Informed by Jewish Thought’, published March 22, 2016, https://hyperallergic.com/285038/contradictory-narratives-of-contemporary-art-informed-by-jewish-thought/
Featured on Contemporary Art Daily, published November 3, 2016, https://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2016/11/ewao-kagoshima-at-gregor-staiger/

2014
Rosenberg, Karen. ‘E’wao Kagoshima’, The New York Times, October 24, 2014, Page C27
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/arts/design/ewao-kagoshima.html?_r=0
Featured on Contemporary Art Daily, published November 11, 2014, https://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2014/11/ewao-kagoshima-at-algus-greenspon/

2013
Rosenberg, Karen. ‘Home Is Where You Create It’, The New York Times, May 3, 2013, Page C27
Featured on Contemporary Art Daily, published July 14, 2013, https://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2013/07/better-homes-at-sculpture-center/

2012
Harris, Gareth & Pryor, Riah. ‘Domestic Bliss Meets DIY.’ The Art Newspaper, October
Rosenberg, Karen. ‘Check Out the Gallery in the Freezer: Creature From the Blue Lagoon, in Bridgehampton.’ The New York Times, August 2
Featured on Contemporary Art Daily, published February 2, 2012, https://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2012/02/looking-back-at-white-columns/

2011
Diaz, Eva. ‘E’wao Kagoshima’, Artforum, March
Neil, Jonathan T.D. ‘E’wao Kagoshima’, Art Review, March
Carlin T.J. ‘Critic’s Picks, E’wao Kagoshima’, Artforum.com, February
Kley, Elisabeth. ‘E’wao Kagoshima’, Time Out, February

1994
‘The Pop Image’, Exhibition Book of Marlborough Gallery, New York, November

1987
Schwabsky, Barry. ‘NOTES FOR THREE PAINTERS’, November

1986
Schwabsky, Barry. Arts Magazine, May
Bijutsu Techo, Japanese Art magazine for Alexander Wood Gallery, New York, New York

1985
Correspondence: New York Art Now, Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1984
Hagenberg, Roland. ‘Untitled ’84 – The Artworld in Eighties’

1983
Moufarrege, Nicolas A., ‘The Mutant Int’l I’, Arts Magazine, September
Moufarrege, Nicolas A., ‘The Mutant Int’l II’, Arts Magazine, October
Moufarrege, Nicolas A., ‘The Mutant Int’l III’, Arts Magazine, November
Dodds, Robin. ‘WORKSPACE KAGOSHIMA’, Exhibition Catalogue of The New Museum
‘Soho – The Art Now’, Bijutsu Techo (Editorial feature and cover)

1982
The Graphic Rap, ICA, London, EnglaND


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