Ayako Rokkaku

"Bright wind, another step”

Saturday 26 May - Sunday 1 July
A solo show with new works on canvas, cardboard and Louis Vuitton Trunks

Live painting by the artist in the gallery on Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May

Gallery Delaive proudly presents “Bright wind, another step” a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku and her fifth solo show at Gallery Delaive in twelve years of representing the artist.

The exhibition presents new, never before shown, works from 2017 and 2018 on canvas, cardboard and Louis Vuitton trunks. During the opening weekend of 26 and 27 May the artist will paint live in the gallery.

Rokkaku’s iconic style features large female figures with candid facial expressions full of character. Vivid colored backgrounds, littered with flowers, tiny figures and rainbowlike smears compose a colorful and happy, dream world. Her unique technique, directly applying the acrylic paint to the canvas using her fingers and hands, is easily recognizable in the dynamic and lively compositions. Not limiting herself to traditional media, Rokkaku just as easily transforms pieces of used cardboard and vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks into colorful works of art.

With “Bright wind, another step” Rokkaku encourages the viewers to face the future: “If we feel the bright wind, we can step towards it. If we step forward, we can feel the bright wind”. For Rokkaku painting is like taking a walk without a plan. “When I paint I feel energetic and bright. It makes my feelings clear and makes me want to step forward. I hope people see my paintings and feel the same way”.

Winning an important prize at the Geisai, a fair for upcoming artists in Japan organized by important contemporary artist Takashi Murakami at the beginning of her career in 2006, one can nowadays easily draw comparisons with some of Japan’s most important artists of the moment, like Yoshitomo Nara.

Born in 1982 in Chiba, Japan, Ayako Rokkaku now lives and works alternately in Berlin, Porto, Tokyo and Amsterdam. Since 2006 Ayako Rokkaku has had exhibitions in numerous galleries and on art fairs in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. and solo exhibitions in the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and the Meulensteen Danubiana Art Museum in Slovakia, attracting thousands of visitors. Ayako Rokkaku is proving to become an important name within the Japanese contemporary art scene.  



Kunstrai 2018

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Kunstrai 2018


Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen exhibits special works by Walasse Ting: The Amsterdam Years, from 3 February until 15 April 2018.

Walasse Ting (Shanghai, 13 october  1928 – New York, 17 May 2010) was a Chinese-American painter. He leaves China in 1946, then briefly lives in Hongkong en settles in Paris in 1953. There he becomes friends with Karel Appel, Asgar Jorn and Pierre Alechinsky. In 1957 he moves to New York, where he is influenced by pop art and abstract expressionism.

From 1989 he alternately lives in New York and Amsterdam, where he shares the atelier with Karel Appel. In 2002 he unfortunetaly falls into a coma after a cerebral hemorrhage. His remaining years he lives in a nursing home in Amstelveen. Ting dies in New York at the age of 81.

The exhibition focuses on the years when Ting lives and works in Amsterdam. His works from this period are characterised by bright tropical colours with Chinese symbolism, like lotus flowers and patterns. Never before have his works from this period been shown in a museum at such a grand scale. Some 80 original works by Ting from several private collections are shown.

The exhibition is completed with postcards and photographs that have never before been available to the public. A unique view into the extraordinary and flamboyant life of this colourful artist.

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Sam Francis:
Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994

Edited by Debra Burchett-Lere with featured essay by William C. Agee


This innovative and long-awaited catalogue raisonné brings together, for the first time, all the known paintings on canvas and panel of California-born abstract expressionist Sam Francis (1923–1994) and offers a comprehensive chronicle of his artistic journey. One of the twentieth century’s leading interpreters of light and color, Francis maintained studios not only in New York and Los Angeles, but also in Paris, Bern, and Tokyo, making his reach truly international.

Elegantly boxed, the Sam Francis catalogue raisonné includes a richly illustrated book with informative texts and two DVDs with authoritative entries for the canvas and panel paintings in an easily browsable, groundbreaking format. It offers the ultimate reference on this artist and a vital research tool.

Color images and documentation for all 1,850-plus paintings on canvas and panel by Francis (hundreds reproduced for the first time) on two DVDs
A lavish book with an extended essay by Francis scholar William C. Agee and a biographical timeline by catalogue raisonné editor Debra Burchett-Lere
Rare footage of Francis at work, writings by the artist, and descriptions of his studios and techniques
Access to electronic updates as they become available
Easily searchable information in a groundbreaking, twentieth-first-century format

Debra Burchett-Lere is Director and Curator of the Sam Francis Foundation. William Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York, is coauthor of Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s, author of Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, and contributor to many books, including Patrick Henry Bruce, American Modernist: A Catalogue Raisonné.

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Sam Francis: The publication of his long-awaited catalogue raissonnée provides the second-generation Abstract Expressionist with a first-rate reexamination. by Richard Speer

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Presentation of the Catalogue Raissoné

Sam Francis

Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis will be the focus of a month-long selling exhibition at Sotheby’s New York this autumn. More than 40 works, all available for private sale, will be included in the exhibition Sam Francis: The Exploration of Color from 17 September through 14 October 2011. This marks the first exhibition on view in S2, a newly-constructed gallery space within our York Avenue headquarters dedicated to hosting private selling exhibitions.

“We conceived of S2 in response to frequent requests from our clients to see works at Sotheby’s for private sale as well as for auction” said Alex Rotter, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department in New York. “Designed by Richard Gluckman, S2 can show works of art ranging from large-scale installations to more intimate objects, and will offer a new and exciting dimension to the Sotheby’s experience that will help us to meet this growing demand. Richard Gluckman has created celebrated spaces for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in addition to Sotheby’s own 10th floor galleries, and we look forward to introducing this wonderful new space to our clients and to the general public.”

The exhibition celebrates the launch of the Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-94, edited by Debra Burchett-Lere, Director of the Sam Francis Foundation, and published with University of California Press. Robert Buck, former Director of the Brooklyn Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, enthused, “The publication will become the standard reference on Francis’s work. There are no more complete efforts than this one that tackles and describes the whole career.”

The exhibition Sam Francis: The Exploration of Color brings together a diverse selection of paintings on canvas and paper that trace the artist’s career from the 1940s to the 1990s. As Debra Burchett-Lere’s essay in Sotheby’s exhibition catalogue discusses: Francis found his calling as an artist in his 20s while hospitalized with spinal tuberculosis, using art as an escape during his multi-year encasement in a plaster cast. His career was propelled to critical acclaim in the 1950s, after moving to Paris and being embraced by the important art historians and curators of the day. His interests in architecture, literature, philosophy, poetry, politics, music, nature and science are all reflected in his works, from the smallest 3x2-inch paintings to monumentally scaled murals more than 100 times as large. While his painterly, expressionistic world appears uncalculated in its freeform presentation, Francis was guided by his intelligence, masterly control of the brush, and gut-felt intuition in capturing the beauty of human emotion.

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