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Chiyu Uemae

Chiyu Uemae(1920-, Japan)
Chiyu Uemae was born in Kyoto in 1920. After studying the Southern School of Chinese painting by himself, Uemae shifted to oil painting and became an apprentice to Jutaro Kuroda. Shortly after, however, he began experimenting with abstract painting. Uemae began studying under Jiro Yoshihara in 1953 and became involved in the founding of the Gutai Art Association in 1954. He showed his work at the first Gutai exhibition and every subsequent exhibition thereafter, remaining with the group until its dissolution.

His distinctive oil paintings, which consist of multilayered material diligently built up from long pointillist patterns, brim with a gentle warmth that feels both profound and slight. In addition to paintings, Uemae also made "stitched" works inspired by his experience working as an apprentice at a dyed fabrics store during this youth, as well as sculptures made out of thread, wood and sawdust. His sculptural practice was also influenced by his memories of having seen smelting furnaces and construction sites at the metal casting factory where he worked as a crane driver to make a living.

In 1999, the Osaka Contemporary Art Center held a solo exhibition of his work, while the Fukuoka Art Museum held "Chiyu Uemae and the Gutai Art Association" in 2005. His works are currently in the collections of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, the Les Abattoirs museum of modern and contemporary art in Toulouse, France, and the Pompidou Center in Paris.

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Biography

1920
Born in Kyoto Prefecture
1932-38
Apprenticed to Kyoto Dyeing orchestrator, also to banner-dyeing shop to learn the usage of resist paste. Self-educated illustrating, portrait painting, the southern school of Chinese Painting
1947
Sent works to 1st Niki Group Exhibition
1951
First Solo Exhibition
1953
Study under Jiro Yoshihara
1954
Participated in the formation of the Gutai Art Association (breaking up in 1972)
1958
World Exhibition of New Art (given favourable comment by Mr. Michel Tapie)
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Gutai Art Exhibition in New York
1966
Second International Art Exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland (major work 162×130 cm was purchased)
1970
Gutai Art Exhibition at Expo'70, Midori-kan Entrance Hall (Osaka)
1976
Since around this year began producing stitching art
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Participated in Ge Exhibition, withdrew in 2002
1982
Solo exhibition "Oil painting and Stitch" at Contemporary Art Center (Osaka)
1983
Solo exhibition "Ink Painting" and "Print-works" at Contemporary Art Center (Osaka)
1885
The Exhibition of the Storm of Painting in 1950-60: Informel/Gutai/Cobra (The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
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Publication at author's own expense "Jigado" (Personal Artistic Way)
1988
Publication at author's own expense "Gendai Bijutsu: Boku no baai: (Modern Art: my way)
1989
Maboroshi no Yamamura Collection exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe)
1991
Avant-Garde Japan: The Gutai Group in 1950s (Rome National Museum of Modern Art, Italy)
1995
Publication at author's own expense "Koritsu no Michi" (Collected works: An Independent Path)
1996
The Year of Avant-Garde Artists: Change and Continuity (Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo)
1997
Contemporary Stitch Japan Style (Montclair State University, USA)
1999
Gutai Exhibition in Paris (Galerie Nationale du jeu de Paume, Paris France)
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61 works went to Osaka Prefectural Public Collection after solo exhibition hold by the prefecture
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Solo exhibition at Maizuru Municipal Administration Memorial Museum planned by Komei Shimizu
2000
Solo exhibition for the memory of "Kobekko Award: Dark-blue Ribbon Medal, Cultural Achievement Award from the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture (Kobe)
2001
Solo exhibition of Print works (Gallery 1100, New York)
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Solo exhibition of Stitch (Itami Civic Craft Center)
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Solo exhibition of Print (Gallery Kuranuki Osaka)
2002
Solo exhibition: Print (silkscreen)(LADS Gallery, Osaka)
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Solo exhibition: Print (etching) (Gallery MAYA, Takatsuki)
2004
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 'GUTAI 1954-1972', Kobe, Japan National Museum of Modern Art, 'Traces: Body and Idea in Contemporary Art', yoto, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
2005
Exhibition "Chiyu Uemae and GUTAI Art Association" at Fukuoka Art Museum
2006
Exhibition "World of Chiyu Uemae" at CASO Museum, Osaka
2007
Exhibition of New Prints at Gallery LADS, Osaka
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Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2008
Exhibition "Gutai to Contemporary" at Gallery LADS, Osaka
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Exhibition "GUTAI and after"at DOKA Contemporary Arts, Tokyo. Exhibition of 3 Artists at Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie
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Exhibition "Dots Talk : UEMAE Chiyu, YAMANAKA Yoshikazu, TSUBOTA Masahiko," at Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
2009
Exhibition "Museum Collection 2009-1," at The Tokushima Modern Art Museum
2010
Exhibition "Chiyu Uemae," at Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum
2011
Exhibition "Chiyu Uemae," at Galllery LADS, Osaka
2012
Exhibition "Wind of Karuizawa" - 19 Uemae works, at Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa
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Exhibition "GUTAI: The Spirit of an Era," at The National Art Center, Tokyo
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Exhibition "Destroying the Picture - Painting the Void: 1949-1962," at Los Angeles MOCA
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Chiyu Uemae Special Exhibition at Los Angeles Art Platform 2012
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The Solo Exhibition "Chiyu Uemae – Jigado", at BB Plaza Museum of Art, Kobe
2013
Exhibition "GUTAI: Splendid Playground," at The Guggenheim Museum, New York
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Chiyu Uemae Special Exhibition at The Armory Show Modern 2013, Pier 92 (Booth 454)
2014
Exhibition "Gutaijin in Karuizawa", Karuizawa New Art Museum
2015
Exhibition "Chiyu Uemae- A Solitary Path", Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

Public Collection

  • Ashiya City Museum of Art & History
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
  • Osaka Contemporary Art Center
  • Osaka Municipal Museum of Modern Art
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Itabashi Art Museum
  • Niigata Art Museum
  • Fukuoka Art Museum
  • Kitakyushu Art Museum
  • International Print Museum in Machida, Tokyo
  • Municipal Administration Memorial of Maizuru City
  • Musée d'art modern et contemporain, Toulouse (France)
  • The Miyagi Museum of Art
  • Chiba City Museum of Art
  • Nerima Art Museum
  • Yokohama Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
  • Old Hyogo Prefectural Office Building
  • Fukui Fine Art Museum
  • The Tokushima Modern Art Museum
  • The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, Texas

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