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Kenji Nakahashi: Weighing Time

Kenji Nakahashi, Japanese, active United States, 1947–2017. Time - (B), 1980, printed 1985. Gelatin silver print. Anonymous gift in memory of Kenji Nakahashi and in honor of Laura Minton, 2021.6.17.

08/27/2022 to 12/31/2022

Does time have weight? Can pencils inspire beauty? The contemplative, humorous, and inventive artworks of Kenji Nakahashi invite these playful questions about life and everyday objects. Nakahashi’s positive outlook on life, his active imagination, and his curiosity for the surrounding world provided endless inspiration and subjects for his art. 

Nakahashi left both his career in graphic design and his native Japan for New York City in 1973, where he lived and worked as an artist until his death in 2017. While best known for his conceptual photographs, Nakahashi moved deftly between mediums, transforming his innovative ideas into abstract and representational prints, drawings, and paintings. He continually reused imagery, reworking and pushing his forms and concepts to new lengths. This exhibition features work from a recent gift to the museum of nearly thirty prints, drawings, and photographs from the 1970s–1990s that demonstrate the depth of Nakahashi’s ever-whirling mind.

Curated by Laura Minton, she/her, Curator of Exhibitions

This exhibition is made possible through support from The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Thanks to our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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