Current Exhibition

Nobuo Yamanaka

27 May - 1 July, 2023

Venue : Takuro Someya Contemporary Art

  • Nobuo Yamanaka Untitled 11, 1973, color photograph, h.30.0 x w.25.2

  • Nobuo Yamanaka Untitled 11, 1973, color photograph, h.30.0 x w.25.2

Takuro Someya Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Nobuo Yamanaka opening on Saturday, May 27th.


Yamanaka was born in Osaka in 1948 and began his career as an artist in 1971 with “Projecting the Film of River on the River,” a 16mm film of a flowing river projected onto the surface of the Tama River. He went on to become known for his distinctive figurative expressions that ranged from the series of pinhole photography for which he is perhaps best known, a technique he developed in tandem with his early film works, to his installations and three-dimensional works comprised of photographs.

Yamanaka’s presence grew internationally with his participation in the 15th Sao Paolo Biennale in 1979 and the presentation of a large site-specific work at the 12th Paris Biennale in 1982. Yet that very year, he passed away suddenly from sepsis at the age of 34 while visiting New York in preparation for an upcoming solo exhibition.


This exhibition is organized in two parts and comprises pinhole photographs created during the tragically brief course of Yamanaka’s artistic career with the hopes of retracing the trajectory of his work and highlighting anew the pioneering contributions he made to the field of visual art in just twelve short years.

Part One of the exhibition features a rare glimpse into the artist’s earliest works with fourteen photographs from the 1973 series “Dazzling Sun in Pinhole,” as well as sixteen works from the 1981 series “Tokyo in Pinhole.”


Part One: Saturday, May 27, 2023 – Saturday, July 1, 2023
Part Two: Saturday, July 15, 2023 – Saturday, August 19, 2023
Summer Holiday: Wednesday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 16
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