On Paper

October 07, 2020 - November 30, 2020


Yoshii Gallery is pleased to announce its exhibition On Paper, featuring an array of works dated between 1926 and 2011.  The exhibition showcases an impressive selection of artists, from modern masters like Piet Mondrian to contemporary icons like Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Works on paper hold a unique place in the landscape of art.  Within the genre, there is still room for a wide range of variations, including drawings, paintings, collage, and even personal correspondence.  Though linked by the use of paper, each artist still has remarkable freedom to explore and expand upon his or her practice in great depth.  Each piece adds its own distinctive presence to the exhibition, from the light, airy figurative studies of Don Brown, to the dense abstraction of Jean Dubuffet’s postcards.

With a few exceptions, these works on paper are executed on a beautifully intimate scale, drawing the observer in for a more personal viewing experience. The details in the works are precise and subtle, creating a nuanced image that shows off each artist’s skill set and imbuing the works with their distinct personality.  Each work is focused around a singular image or theme, allowing for simple yet dynamic images that resonate throughout the gallery space.

In the center of the exhibition stands a framed letter written by Piet Mondrian.  Embedded within the elegant lines of text lies a sketch of one of his iconic works, Lozenge With Three Lines.   After the work itself disappeared, this letter remains as a testament to the seminal artwork, and exemplifies the role of paper and correspondence as a powerful record of history.

Together, these beautifully curated works on paper complement each other perfectly and demonstrate the timeless endurance of the media.

This exhibition will run from October – November 2020, and include work by: Jean Arp, Hannah van Bart, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Don Brown, Alexander Calder, Francesco Clemente, Jean Dubuffet, Eric Fischl, Alberto Giacometti, Julio Gonzalez, Jacob El Hanani, Jeff Ladouceur, Matt Maust, Piet Mondrian,  Zoran Antonio Music, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Luc Tuymans, Franz West, and Zao Wou-Ki.