What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Matisse decided to become an artist when he was 20 years old, recuperating from an illness. For Matisse, art was a therapy. It was never meant to be a radical pollical message or an arcane intellectual puzzle because, for Matisse, art was a cozy armchair where he can safely rest his heart and mind.
What is an artwork that can sweep us from our daily life? Depending on our frame of mind, it can be a serene landscape, a colorful and complex abstract picture, or a strange portrait. Maybe because we are still living in the Covid-ridden world, we crave to see a genuine, engaging art more than ever.
In this show, we have asked people who are close to the art world to recommend 5 artists and 1 art unit, those who are young emerging artists or those who deserve more attention. We hope that people out in the busy streets of Roppongi and Akasaka will take time to stop and look at the pictures. Perhaps they may find their own ‘armchair’.
Part of the proceeds will go to provide our activity to promote and support young artists in Japan.
Taishi Hatayama, Kenji Hirasawa, Arthur Huang, Shitsu Murayama, The Vehicle, Mio Yamato