Kyohei InukaiMarch 17—June 25, 2023
Kyohei Inukai is the first institutional solo exhibition of Kyohei Inukai (1913–1985), a largely unknown, yet prolific Japanese-American artist. Presenting key bodies of work—many of which have never been shown before—this exhibition highlights Inukai’s paintings and screenprints of illusionary, abstract lines and shapes that defined his artistic style during the latter years of his career, from the 1960s through the 80s. These works are juxtaposed with a series of sumi-e, or Japanese ink paintings, that dovetail Inukai’s distinctive curvilinear forms and nuanced color palettes with traditional Japanese art. This rare presentation of an underrecognized artist’s legacy builds upon Japan Society’s ongoing mission to embrace and showcase diverse narratives of art and artists of Japan and the Japanese diaspora.
Exhibition 3D Tour
Untitled, 1978 Acrylic on canvas 90 in x 78 in Courtesy of Inukai Estate, Weston, Connecticut
Untitled, undated Silkscreen 20 in x 26 3⁄4 in Courtesy of Inukai Estate, Weston, Connecticut
Kyohei Inukai, Untitled, undated © Kyohei Inukai. Courtesy of Inukai Estate
Kyohei Inukai, r=c Vibration Box, c. 1980–85
© Kyohei Inukai. Courtesy of Inukai Estate. Photograph by Nicholas Knight
Kyohei Inukai, Untitled, late 1970s–1980s © Kyohei Inukai. Courtesy of Inukai Estate. Photograph by Nicholas Knight
Kyohei Inukai, Untitled, late 1970s–1980s © Kyohei Inukai. Courtesy of Inukai Estate and Quidley & Co Fine Art Gallery. Photograph by Nicholas Knight
Kyohei Inukai is supported, in part, by a grant from the Vilcek Foundation.
Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund; the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; Peggy and Dick Danziger; Thierry Porté and Yasko Tashiro; and Friends of the Gallery. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor for Japan Society gallery exhibitions.