Spotlight

Katsumi Nakai

Ronchini Gallery, London

Katsumi Nakai, 44-170, 1972, acrylic/oil on plywood, 22 × 20 cm. Courtesy: Ronchini Gallery and The Katsumi Nakai Archive

Katsumi Nakai, 44-170, 1972, acrylic/oil on plywood, 22 × 20 cm. Courtesy: Ronchini Gallery and The Katsumi Nakai Archive

Ronchini Gallery presents a comprehensive selection by the late Japanese artist Katsumi Nakai, including works from as early as 1964, and the artist’s signature “pictorial objects,” which unfold and undulate into the viewer’s space. Nakai’s works are am amalgamation of Eastern ideals and Western traditions.

Arranged chronologically, the curation allows viewers to experience the development and varied influences that informed Nakai’s oeuvre. Working with the artist’s estate, we endeavour to provide a scholarly overview of this artist whose achievements have yet to be fully appreciated on a wider scale. Works by Nakai have not been featured in a major fair since 1972, when Galleria del Naviglio presented a selection of his works at Art Basel.

Katsumi Nakai (b. 1927, Osaka; d. 2013, Osaka) studied painting at the Institute of Fine Art in Osaka. He lived for many years in Italy where he was a friend and contemporary of Lucio Fontana, Nobuya Abe, and Tomonori Toyofuku.