Tetsuya Ishida: Saving the World with a Brushstroke
This intimate exhibition consists of eight paintings by Tetsuya Ishida (1973–2005), the Japanese artist whose untimely death at age 31 ended a brief but significant career as a painter. Ishida's work offers a unique lens to view the tensions of his generation, which came of age amid rising social and academic expectations and uncertain future prospects.
While touches of dark humor temper his work, Ishida’s darkly powerful imagery poses universal questions about the nature of identity and the meaning of life in the modern, post-industrial world.
The exhibition’s title is drawn from the artist’s words, recorded in a notebook at age 25: “I am strongly drawn to saint-like artists. The people who truly believe that ‘the world is saved a little with each brushstroke.’ ” Organized by the Asian Art Museum.
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