KANA KAWANISHI GALLERY is located in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, five minutes from the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. KANA KAWANISHI PHOTOGRAPHY, the gallery’s satellite space dedicated to photography, is in Nishi Azabu, nine minutes from Mori Art Museum. Museums that have made acquisitions through the gallery include the British Museum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Publications that have featured the gallery include The Guardian, Forbes, Libération, Monocle, Bijutsu Techo, and Asahi Shimbun, to name a few. Kana Kawanishi was named as one of “Tokyo’s Top Five New Galleries” (Blouin Artinfo) and a gallery that has “An Eye on Emerging Art” (Monocle).
For “RGB,” the artist was inspired by the fact that William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of calotype photography, called his technique “photogenic drawing” (meaning “a picture drawn with light”) rather than photography. Accordingly, Anze sources images of so-called masterpiece paintings from the internet and then paints the histograms of the downloaded images on canvases the same dimensions as the “masterpieces.”
This exhibition will feature works based on 16 self-portraits by Vincent van Gogh. Anze has painted the histograms of the self-portraits on canvases the exact same size as the “original” paintings, images of which he downloaded from Wikipedia. Through this process, he asks: What is contemporary photography? In addition to “RGB,” which encompasses such fundamental questions, the exhibition will also feature new works from the “Stripe (50Hz)” series.