11 - 15 OCTOBER 2023
ANNOUNCING participation in this year's Frieze Masters in collaboration with BorzoGallery and Matthijs Erdman a duo presentation of Dutch artists Shinkichi Tajiri (b. 1923 Los Angeles, USA - d. 2009 Baarlo, The Netherlands) and Jaap Wagemaker (b. 1906 Haarlem - d. 1972 Amsterdam, The Netherlands) who both represented The Netherlands at the 1962 Venice Biennale.
Shinkichi Tajiri (b. 1923 Los Angeles, USA - d. 2009 Baarlo, The Netherlands) was born in America as a son of Japanese parents. After being invalided out of the army in 1942 he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before receiving a GI scholarship to Paris, where he studied with the sculptor Zadkine and the painter Léger. Tajiri was one of the first artists who created junk sculptures. With this, he earned the admiration of the Dutch CoBrA artists who resided in Paris. They invited him to take part in the first and second International Exhibition of Experimental Art (CoBrA), in the Stedelijk Museum in 1949 and Museé des Beaux Arts in 1951. Tajiri then took up residence in Amsterdam where he has since been admired for his artistic diversity. He represented The Netherlands at the Documenta II (1959), Documenta III (1964), Documenta IV (1968) and the 31st Venice Biennale (1962).
Jaap Wagemaker (b. 1906 Haarlem - d. 1972 Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is The Netherlands' foremost representative of the international movement known in the nineteen-fifties and sixties as Informal Art and more specifically by its technical classification: 'matter painting'. The origins of this movement lie in the artistic developments in Paris after 1945. A free art form originates here, a lyrical abstraction that expressly breaks away from pre-war realism. In the Netherlands the CoBrA group was part of this movement of artists painting in a lyrical-abstract manner. Wagemaker spends some time in Paris in the studios on the Rue Santeuil, where his fellow Dutchmen Karel Appel, Corneille and Bram Bogart also live. He finds fame in Germany in particular and Jaap Wagemaker exhibits in the major galleries. Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam acquires the first of his works in 1956 and his debut exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is in 1957. Wagemaker takes part in the exhibition 'The Art of Assemblage' in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1961. In 1962 he represented The Netherlands in the 31st Venice Biennale.