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Galerie Perrotin

Izumi Kato

  • Izumi Kato
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    Izumi Kato, Untitled, 2015

Press for Izumi Kato

Current Exhibitions at Galerie Perrotin


Journey in Autumn

  • Bernard Frize,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Chronicles of New York City — Sketches

  • JR,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Activated Artifacts

  • Mel Ziegler,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Them

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Jonathan Lyndon Chase,
  • Anthony Cudahy,
  • TM Davy,
  • Angela Dufresne,
  • Louis Fratino,
  • Jenna Gribbon,
  • Paul Heyer,
  • Sholem Krishtalka,
  • Doron Langberg,
  • Maia Cruz Palileo,
  • Ana Segovia,
  • Salman Toor,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We are the baby gang

  • Paola Pivi,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 08, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TEAR SHOW

  • Michael Sailstorfer,
  • Opens: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TNTR AA

  • Gabriel de la Mora,
  • Opens: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

UNIO MYSTICA

  • Aya Takano,
  • Opens: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pieter Vermeersch

  • Pieter Vermeersch,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Big Time

  • Josh Sperling,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alcove

  • Jens Fänge,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Strange Relative

  • Genesis Belanger,
  • Emily Mae Smith,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In meiner Wohnung gibt es viele Zimmer

  • Gregor Hildebrandt,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ecriture

  • Park Seo-Bo,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

3018

  • Daniel Arsham,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alfred Paintings

  • Johan Creten,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ALOALO - Mahafaly Sculptures of the Efiaimbelos

  • Efiaimbelo,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Horizontal

  • JR,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

"HEADS↔HEADS"

  • Takashi Murakami,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 4 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Rooms greet people by name

  • Artie Vierkant,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Matters

  • Jean-Michel Othoniel,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 4 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Constant Storm. Works from 1922 to 1989

  • Hans Hartung,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One Law for The Lion & Ox is Oppression

  • Gabriel Rico,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Snow Forest

  • Fahrad Moshiri,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wim Delvoye

  • Wim Delvoye,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kate Ericson & Mel Zeigler

  • Kate Ericson,
  • Mel Zeigler,
  • Opens: Jul. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Float

  • Farhad Moshiri,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 04, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Revision

  • John Henderson,
  • Opens: Oct. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Claude Rutault

  • Claude Rutault,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ecriture

  • Park Seo-Bo,
  • Opens: May. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2015
  • Reception: May. 28, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meditation

  • CHUNG Chang-Sup,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chronochrome, curated by Matthieu Poirier

  • Jesus Rafael Soto,
  • Opens: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La Venganza Del Amor

  • Iván Argote,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Past Tomorrow

  • Elmgreen & Dragset,
  • Opens: Apr. 16, 2015
  • Closes: May. 23, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 16, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Music

  • Xavier Veilhan,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

God is a Stranger

  • Johan Creten,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pierre Paulin

  • Pierre Paulin,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paris Holiday

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Erró: Paintings from 1959 to 2016

  • Erró,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Izumi Kato

  • Izumi Kato
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dawn comes up so young

  • Bernard Frize,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Circa 2345

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

Julio Le Parc

  • Julio Le Parc,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 19, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fond Illusions

  • Kathryn Andrews,
  • Sophie Calle,
  • Leslie Hewitt,
  • Bharti Kher,
  • Alicja Kwade,
  • B. Ingrid Olson,
  • Cornelia Parker,
  • Gala Porras-Kim,
  • Tatiana Trouvé,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 07 - Feb 27, 2016

  • Reception: Jan 07, 6 - 8pm

Where

Galerie Perrotin

  • 130 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002 Map
  • 212.812.2902

About

Izumi Kato is an artist who began painting after laying down his brush. Eschewing tools, as if to reject any reliance on the flightiness of brushwork, he applies layer upon layer of somber-hued pigment directly with his hands, not so much to paint as to rub the color onto the canvas. In this way, he depicts creatures with human contours, two staring eyes, a head, hands and feet. Those bold, forceful curves, throwing into relief the human shape, those organic lines, that distortion and simplifying of form, are inevitable products of painting with the hands, and as a result, Kato’s works possess a powerful presence that seems to illuminate the core of the human body.

Kato was a relative latecomer to the art world, making his debut at the age of thirty. He had worked as a manual laborer for some years, which left him with the sense of being at one with the world that comes with corporeal achievement, and a humble appreciation of his place as just anther creature of this earth.

From here he set out on a new journey of engagement with the vast realm of painting. An artist who began with the abstract, he now depicts nothing but human figures. All Kato’s recent works are untitled, and he does not set up any specific model to paint; nor does he draft or sketch. These paintings have no narrative element. They are dialogues, creations arising from a direct, barely suppressible physical urge to touch, a trait given play by humans since the days of prehistoric cave murals. The figures sealed within the frame of the canvas seem to radiate an enigmatic aura, their undifferentiated bodies encased in thin membranes reminiscent of a budding life form in the embrace of its mother’s amniotic fluid. Kato’s is the act of capturing life through his body.

In 2005 Kato also turned to sculpture. Deliberately avoiding materials that are easy to mould such as clay and resin, he works only in wood, carving directly. Once again he focuses consistently on human figures, chisel marks and cracks left like idiosyncrasies of the flesh. That he always colors these roughly hewn bodies indicates that for Kato, they are in extension in his painting. Some of his works are equipped with legs or castors resembling those on desks and chairs.


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