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Margaret Thatcher Projects

Paradise

  • Nobu Fukui

Press for Paradise

Current Exhibitions at Margaret Thatcher Projects


Ghosts In The Machine

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Light Years: Celebrating 20 years of Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TWINS

  • Rainer Gross,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ted Larsen

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise

  • Nobu Fukui
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

text me

  • Laurie Frick,
  • Ruth Greene,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Maria Park,
  • Richard Thatcher,
  • Daniel Weiner,
  • Michael Waugh,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Across This New Divide

  • Heidi Spector,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

minimal invasiv

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Turn Up the Heat

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Cathy Choi,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Vadim Katznelson,
  • Rainer Gross,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Venske & Spänle,
  • William Steiger,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Evan Stoller,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fountains

  • Robert Chamberlin,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Composition

  • Maria Park,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Far Closer

  • Robert Sagerman,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flight

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Danjerus Cable

  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RECONFIGURED

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Adam Fowler,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

See Me, Feel Me

  • Frank Badur,
  • Teo González,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brice Brown

  • Brice Brown,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HYBRID FORM

  • Frank Badur,
  • Omar Chacon,
  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Joanne Mattera,
  • Richard Roth,
  • Opens: May. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Am the Fire

  • Nobu Fukui
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Flower

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Suite Color

  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

H O T S P O T S

  • William Betts,
  • Gary Carsley,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Nobu Fukui
  • Teo Gonzalez,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • David Mann,
  • Michael Seiden,
  • Maria Park,
  • Robert Sagerman,
  • William Steiger,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Opens: Jul. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vibrations

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Nava Lubelski,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hoping for Clear Skies

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Lula Mae Blocton,
  • Maureen McQuillan,
  • Maria Park,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sympathetic Strings

  • David Mann,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arch/Horizon Paintings

  • Teo González,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SPLASH

  • William Betts,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THRILLS

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Industrial Park

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing Through: France & Poland

  • Tad Mike,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alternative Perspectives

  • Gary Carsley,
  • Nobu Fukui
  • William Steiger,
  • Raphael Zollinger,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Spectral Flux

  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As Above So Below

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 01 - Apr 07, 2018

  • Reception: Mar 01, 6 - 8pm

Where

Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • 539 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.675.0222

About


Margaret Thatcher Projects is excited to present Nobu Fukui’s second solo exhibition, Paradise. This exhibition focuses on a carefully curated selection of large-scaled works created over the last two years. A catalogue with an essay written by Joanne Mattera, includes paintings presented and others from the series. The catalogue is available through the gallery.

Fukui’s paintings are marked by a combination of improvisational painterly abstraction with elements of collage and mixed media. This culminates into captivating surfaces that may be read as performative action paintings with a Gutai affinity, or at a closer vantage point, Pop Art suggestive of a narrative.

The paintings provide a kaleidoscopic, cross-cultural experience, with Fukui clipping images from American comics or Japanese manga as readily as he would from fine art magazines, appropriating the iconic imagery of action heroes, famous artworks, celebrities and political figures. The artist rejects the Pop alignment or the idea of a narrative, instead insisting his works are purely experiential, and that any stories the paintings tell are in the eyes and minds of the viewers.

Each work is approached anew by Fukui. Color is applied with abandon on top of an arbitrarily selected newsprint; the images are chosen; painted cut discs of paper roll across the surfaces; and beads, scattered as if seed, adorn each work. The resulting paintings sparkle with vitality, and an embrace of the velocity of information to which we as a society have grown increasingly accustomed.

From an interview in Tilted Arc in 2015 we get some insight into Fukui’s intuitive means of creating his paintings. "In 2009, my son viewed a BBC program called “Planet Earth”. The opening scene of a satellite view of a flock of birds covering land and water struck me, and I watched the scene over and over again. I wanted to capture the beauty of the scene on canvas in some way. I happened to have a bag of small imitation pearls, and glued them on the painted newspaper on canvas. That was the beginning of the current series of my paintings."

Nobu Fukui was born in Tokyo, and came to New York from Japan in 1963. He continues to live and work in New York. Fukui has exhibited widely across the United States and Asia, and is in several public collections including that of the New Britain Museum Of American Art, The Indianapolis Museum Of Art, The Kyoto National Museum Of Modern Art and The Tokyo Museum Of Modern Art. Reviews of Fukui’s paintings over the years are numerous, appearing in The New York Times, Art in America, Art News and several others.


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