In Praise of Shadows: Jun’ichiro Tanizaki and Modern & Contemporary Art
Apr 19, 2023 - Jul 16, 2023
In Praise of Shadows: Jun’ichiro Tanizaki and Modern & Contemporary Art presents a selection of works on paper by acclaimed 20th century and contemporary artists in dialogue with the acclaimed Japanese author, who wrote a seminal essay of the same title in 1933. Tanizaki’s subtle but powerful observations on how darkness can exude beauty and sumptuousness conjure a visual world that subverts the historical archetyping of light as ethereal, good and angelic, and dark as brooding and somewhat devilish. Bringing together works by Kate Breakey, Kottie Gaydos, Cleve Gray, Kerry James Marshall, Louise Nevelson, Kikuo Saito, Hito Steyerl, Dox Thrash, Charlie Perez Tlatenchi, Will Wilson, and others, the exhibition provides an in-depth look at the various uses of darkness in art from the early 20th century until the present day.