FISH HOOKS OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS VOL II
The Pacific is the single largest contiguous ‘place’ on earth, sprawling across a third of its surface.Without the fish hook, the settlement of the Pacific Islands over the last 2,000 years would have been impossible.
For us, these works of art are significant, eloquent witnesses to a rich and bygone universe of cultures. The task of preserving them, of tracing and describing their histories and origins, and of passing those stories on to new generations around the world,is as wonderful a calling as any lover of art could hope to be presented with.
This limited-edition book is the ultimate resource on the fish hooks of the Pacific Islands. More than 450 fish hooks and dozens of related objects are presented here in their true size (1:1) for the very first time, spread across more than 450 pages and more than 80 full-page or fold‑out plates, and accompanied by over 220 color and 75 monochrome accessory illustrations, 45 photos of people and islands, 50 maps, and comprehensive expert commentary.
Foreword and texts by Daniel Blau and Klaus Maaz.
Essays by Anthony JP Meyer and Sydney Picasso.
30×25 cm, hardcover with embossing and dust cover.
DANIEL BLAU is pleased to present an exceptional exhibition of 23 new paintings Japanese artist Daido Moriyama based on photos he took in 1971 in New York City. (b.1938, Osaka, Japan).
Over the course of his 60-year long career, the renowned Japanese artist, Moriyama, has documented his immediate surroundings, analyzing the society of post-war Japan along the way. He has significantly changed the way we perceive photography – and even called the very medium into question himself.
His diverse œvre is shaped by his many publications and largely comprises traditional photographs, installations and silkscreen prints. With focus on bold contrast, Moriyama’s unmistakeable visual language was influenced by Andy Warhol.
Moriyama’s work between 1968 and 1972 is characterized by depth and density, the result of his talent feeding off the cultural pulse of the time. Photography was omnipresent, both in the press and in advertising.
These 2023 works in bronze and black are devoted to the themes of mass media, consumer society and everyday life and are based on early photographs taken by the artist in New York City in 1971. Of the city, Moriyama said:
“My favourite city: New York. I have no doubt that I like it even more than Tokyo. Somewhere hidden in it is a strange kindness and sadness, Sometimes when I want to remember the person I love, I think of the lights of New York. Since I’m afraid to travel by plane, it’s a great pity that even if I wanted to, I can’t just fly there right now.“
During his time there, Moriyama manipulated his camera such that each negative image could take two single exposures, each half the size of a regular 35mm negative. Now, these pairs of images are combined onto single canvases, creating a kind of “multifaceted reality” typical of Moriyama’s style from this period, which embodied the concept of are, bure, bokeh – meaning grainy, blurred and out of focus.
September 5 – October 12, 2023
11am – 6pm | mon – fri
Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München
The works in the exhibition are for sale. Please contact us for availability and prices.
DANIEL BLAU, is pleased to present for the first time in this new Open Art Edition, an exceptional exhibition of 23 paintings by the famous Japanese artist Daido Moriyama.
A few words about Daido Moriyama:
Born in 1938 in Osaka, Japan, Moriyama has significantly changed the way we see photography over the course of his 60-year career. With his camera, he has not only documented his immediate surroundings and artistically analyzed the society of post-war Japan, USA, but also questioned the photographic medium itself. His unmistakable visual language is just as legendary as his numerous publications, which play a central role in his work.
Moriyama’s diverse oeuvre, very much focused on strong contrasts and inspired by Andy Warhol, comprises above all traditional photographs, installations and silkscreen prints. Between 1968 and 1972, Moriyama created works of great density. His talent was enhanced by the cultural pulse of the time. Photography was omnipresent, in the press and in advertising.
With the themes of mass media, consumer society and everyday life, the 2023 works in gold bronze and black are based on early photographs Moriyama took in New York City in 1971 and reused here on canvas. Through his images, he creates a kind of “multifaceted reality”.
Why this fascination with New York? A quote from Moriyama explains it best:
“My favorite city: New York. I have no doubt that I like it even more than Tokyo. Somewhere hidden in it is a strange kindness and sadness. Sometimes when I want to remember the person I love, I think of the lights of New York. Since I’m afraid to travel by plane, it’s a great pity that even if I wanted to, I can’t just fly there right now”.
During his visit to New York City in 1971, Moriyama manipulated his 35mm camera in such a way that each negative image could take two single exposures half its size. The larger and fuzzier graininess of the resulting image is part of the desired pictorial effect.
The images in the exhibition are not simple reproductions of one or the other photograph: under the motto grainy, blurred out of focus (are, bure and boke), Moriyama has combined the successive negatives, one on top of the other, to form a single image and joined them together on a common, vertical, canvas.
35. Open Art:
September 8 – 10, 2023
presented by Initiative Münchner Galerien zeitgenössischer Kunst
11am – 6pm | mon – fri
Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München
SPECIAL GUIDED TOUR:
Saturday 8th, 2023
from 3pm at Daniel Blau, Maximilianstr. 26
from the guide
approx. 2 hours
15,- € per person, pupils and students 10,- €
Children up to 14 years free
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