ARAKI MINOL (1928-2010)
Ink on paper
27 x 54 1/2 in.
For more information on this fascinating artist, please view our ZOOM Gallery Talk titled, ARAKI MINOL: An Artist Between Worlds
Although by the 1970s Araki Minol had already been an active painter for over thirty years, his introduction to celebrated master artist, Zhang Daqian, led to a new period of experimentation in his oeuvre. Araki’s use of the ancient Chinese splashed-ink technique in a bold, free style reflects the impact of his mentor Zhang, who was celebrated for modernizing and mastering this literati tradition. Here, this large-scale abstraction is one of Araki's earliest and arguably most successful attempts at splashed ink, which required a combination of artistry with performance. The immediacy of the ink on paper, with no opportunity for alteration and with limited control over the ink's trajectory, dramatically illustrates his confidence as a painter. Abstract is one of a small – in number if by no means in size – paintings from this particularly successful period of experimentation between 1978 to 1980.
For similar works, see the Phoenix Art Museum exhibition catalogue, Minol Araki (1999), pls. 55-57.
This artwork is presented to the public for the first time at The Winter Show 2024, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, from January 19th to 28th. Joan B Mirviss LTD is in booth E5. Please contact us for more details by clicking the Inquire button below.
An artist who lived between many worlds, Araki Minol (1928-2010) was a prodigious talent who successfully bridged the painting traditions of China and Japan, nature scenes and portraiture, classicism and modernity, and later, the artistic styles that had taken hold in the East and West. His unique hybridity, both biographically and creatively, laid the foundation for his vigorous paintings that not only synthesized these various influences but further revealed a highly original artistic viewpoint. Delicate botanical studies, intimate in scale, were as much a part of his repertoire as soaring mountain vistas, which could grow to multi-panel, room-sized installations. Works of this scale are in the permanent collections of Western institutions including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Significant works by Araki can also be found in major museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.