In Milan, the solo exhibition Lume by Japanese artist Tetsuro Shimizu

Galleria Il Milione in Milan is hosting, from November 18, 2021 to January 18, 2022, the exhibition Lume by Japanese artist Tetsuro Shimizu: works from 2020 and 2021 are on display.

Galleria Il Milione hosts the exhibition Lume by Tetsuro Shimizu, curated by Matteo Galbiati. Five years after his last solo show at the Gallery, Shimizu with this new exhibition displays the most recent outcomes of his consistent artistic research and aesthetic investigation. Through a series of works from the years 2020 and 2021, the artist encapsulates the latest sensitive tensions that the multifaceted impasto of his colors is always capable of renewing and mutating.

The Japanese artist’s work is made unmistakable by the cut-forms conferred on the painting that “disable its objecthood,” and on these irregular surfaces his strong yet delicate language is predisposed, rich in an incisive and characterizing expressiveness that always denounces the full narrative freedom of color. “Shimizu,” Galbiati writes, “places the pictorial image in a state of tensive fibrillation that exerts, in the ultimate definition of the work, a swirling and involving power for the gaze that is literally absorbed by the waves, the signs, the fragments, the interweavings of a permanently alive and pulsating brushstroke.” Color then lives in infinite chromatics that create potential evolutions of something uncontrollable and uncollectible and this “makes his works a concatenation of narrative events that in the work yet to come will have, perhaps, its possible definitive answer.” Painting, then, is for the artist “a duty to be performed in continuity with what has just been found, it is a duty to dig deep to bring out every unexplored latency.”

With Lume, Shimizu brings together some fifteen works of different formats that, following a measured arrangement divided by chromatic “temperatures,” which move from white to blue and culminate in red, foster that poetic afflatus typical of his sign-gesture. “Painting,” Galbiati further explains, “prevails as an act of empathic involvement, overwhelming and inevitable; no veridical representation is needed, no deduction traceable to reality, because it is an act of feeling, it is propulsive force that envelops the imagination and opens with us an in-comprehensible dialogue whose code is the very spontaneity with which we grasp that vertigo produced, in our own gaze, by color.” Towering over all the works is 2020’s Anelito T-16, a monumental work that, by taking on an environmental connotation, transfers to a large scale the power of the artist’s painting, here greatly amplified in the exhibition space.

To complement the exhibition, the Gallery will publish its usual Bulletin (No. 204), which includes reproductions of some of the works, views of the exhibition, a critical text by Matteo Galbiati and a selected and updated biography of the artist. In addition to the printed version, a freely downloadable web version is also made available on the gallery’s website. A new version of the gallery’s website will be online on the occasion of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open until January 18.

For all information you can visit the official website of Il Milione Gallery.

Pictured: Tetsuro Shimizu, Arde, T-14 (2021; oil on canvas, 50x70 cm)

In Milan, the solo exhibition Lume by Japanese artist Tetsuro Shimizu
In Milan, the solo exhibition Lume by Japanese artist Tetsuro Shimizu

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