Takayama Tatsuo Exhibition
28 September (Fri) to 25 November (Sun), 2007
Takayama Tatsuo was born in 1912 in the city of Oita, attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (now Tokyo University of the Arts), and from there embarked upon a singular career as a Japanese-style painter. He was a founding member of the Shiseido-sponsored third Tsubakikai exhibition, and he is known to have exhibited at least fifty-eight works at the Shiseido Gallery over the years.
This exhibition displayed thirty-seven works by Takayama related to the Shiseido Gallery. Such a limited selection could hardly have hoped to address the entire seventy-year span of Takayama's work, but in this age in which undue importance is often attached to mere surface-level things, perhaps they at least gave a sense of the artist's ongoing efforts to strain the boundaries of creativity to elucidate through painting the rhyme and reason underpinning the world, and in that way this small collection did much to convince us of the power of art and its future.