“Obstacle” is a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima that portrays a background of purple, white and green tones, with a singular centerpiece that resembles a giant monolith that could be rock or cut from stone. Upon closer examination it resembles a severed, upside-down groin, of an ambiguous gender. In the center there is a human-like figure (perhaps a skeleton) that is either standing on its head or hanging.
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"My painting is the only way to survive the brush work painting"
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.
1945, Niigata, JP; Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
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
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)