Measuring the real state of "art" in this country - that is our
We think today's "art" is on the verge of a crisis. The question
is not the so-called stagnation of art market, which is just the
tip of the iceberg, but rather the statistics indicate what this
crisis really is: the weakness of "art" itself brought about by
the conflux of where art is placed, the supporting structure and
the way art is understood. We believe that now is a good opportunity
to consider this crisis.
Rediscovering the potential art and devising methods to place
art in our environment, in a broad sense, including towns where
we live and our life-styles - that is our next step. If art spreads
over and filters deeply into society, its involvement with companies
and municipalities supporting the social environment will be strengthened
naturally, and contrarily, its raison d'etre will be examined
from their viewpoint - Starting from this recongnition, we would
like to study "what art ought to be" in this country and put that
into practice with companies and municipalities.
Here, with these panels, we verify that "art" has not shown completely
what it can do in our environment.
By nature, art is a presentiment of the coming generation as well
as a distinct reflection of the times. Art has been the last friend
of a weak man, doomed to die eventually. We hope to support and
convey such art as far as we can; it is our everlasting path.
Fram Kitagawa, president
Art Front Gallery
This report was a collaboration of Art Front Gallery as a producer
and Yuko Masui Office Ltd as a researcher and was originally exhibited in NiCAF (Japanese
Contemporary Art Festival) 1993.
English translation: Rei Maeda, Art Front Gallery