Shinro Ohtake is a leading Japanese painter, known for defying the conventions of painting to encompass collage and assemblage, but also working in architectural scales. Ohtake always starts from found material and paints on cardboard, newspaper, or flyers, creating visual and tangible traces of his associations with everyday life. His habit of acquiring everyday ephemera has been transformed into the feverishly collaged "Scrapbook" series begun in 1977, of which he has made 68 books to date. A presentation of this series was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2013, as well as the exhibition "The Keeper" at the New Museum, which opened in the summer of 2016.
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Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa Gallery, photo © Kei Okano
About Shinro Ohtake
Japanese, b. 1955, Tokyo, Japan, based in Uwajime, Japan