Los Angeles gallery Blum & Poe will open a space in Tokyo “in the coming months,” according to the Art Newspaper. This will be the gallery’s first international branch.
Blum & Poe represents a number of Japanese artists including Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara. Carroll Dunham, Sam Durant, Mark Grotjahn, Jim Shaw and Henry Taylor are also part of their artist stable.
[Tim] Blum says that exhibitions such as “Tokyo 1950-70: a New Avant-Garde”, which is scheduled to open at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on 18 November (until 25 February) and “Gutai: Splendid Playground”, which is due to go on show at the Guggenheim in New York in 2013 (15 February-8 May) point to this being a “major moment for post-war Japanese art. There seems to be a real dialogue going on right now.”
Ashley Rawlings, a specialist in postwar and contemporary Japanese art, will serve as director of the space.