Koki TANAKA 田中功起

Born:
1975
Residence:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality:
Japanese
Trust:
APT Beijing
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PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

  • For the exhibition Discordant Harmony, which opens on July 22 at the Taipei National University of the Arts Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, curators Sungjung Kim of Korea, Chien-Hung Huang of Taiwan, Carol Yinghua Lu of China, and Yukie Kamiya of Japan have been invited on behalf of the Goethe Institut to elaborate on concepts previously discussed and jointly proposed in Seoul that will focus on a reexamination and understanding of Asia today through artistic endeavors.

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  • The first few months of 2016 are busy for the art market calendar in Asia, with key contemporary art fairs in Singapore and New Delhi in January, foll

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  • In this video, Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” Koki Tanaka discusses his solo exhibition “Vulnerable Narrator,” at the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, and describes the philosophy behind his participatory performance works and his dual role as instigator and observer. The exhibition and catalogue are built of overlapping layers, he explains, as a way of inviting new connections and interpretations from the works he has produced over the last decade.

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  • A multi-colored umbrella slides open. A ladder, kicked, collapses to the ground. Two wire hangers, hooked by the crook, are stretched out of shape. A fluffy white pillow sitting atop a metal table is displaced by an identical fluffy white pillow. A rolled-up, bright green plastic mat is allowed to slowly unfurl. A white dinner plate is furtively flung into a bush. Six rolls of toilet paper are systematically stacked on a balcony railing. A blue doormat is matter-of-factly dropped over a sewer grate. In the video installation Everything is Everything (2006) by Koki Tanaka, seemingly random objects are subjected to seemingly random actions.

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  • Spread out over several museums, art centers, a river delta, and even an old tenement building, the inaugural edition of Parasophia: Kyoto...

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  • There have been a number of correspondences between artist Koki Tanaka and I since our first meeting in 2004 in New York. As he was previously based

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  • Until this year, Vishal Jugdeo's videos were dramatically low-budget affairs. The artist had a crew of two, counting himself and a director

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  • Koki Tanaka had been living in L.A. for just two years when the Tohoku earthquake hit Japan on March 11 last year, triggering the devastating

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  • On Saturday 5 July, the Van Abbemuseum opens the first edition of Positions, with contributions by five international artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan,

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  • Visitors to Frieze New York’s VIP preview didn’t seem to know quite how to handle the firefighter holding court near the south end of the tent.

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  • The Frieze Projects program of specially commissioned artworks to be realized at Frieze New York 2014 has been announced. The program for 2014 is curated by Cecilia Alemani and includes seven newly commissioned projects. Frieze New York is located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, overlooking the East River.

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  • Koki Tanaka had been living in L.A. for just two years when the Tohoku earthquake hit Japan on March 11 last year, triggering the devastating

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  • Japanese Art from APT Collection at Daiwa Foundation London 

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  • The California-Pacific Triennial, the show features 32 artists from 15 countries that border the Pacific Ocean.

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  • In many ways, the exhibition catalogs of the two biennales that opened in Korea last month served as a telling encapsulation of their respective places in the contemporary art world. The 7th Gwangju Biennale, held under the artistic direction of Okwui Enwezor, the New York-based curator, put together a thinly condensed guide covering its programs and artists’ descriptions in 110 pages of gloss-coated prints...

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  • Like many other major cities around the world, Kochi, India, has decided to stage an art biennale with the aim of drawing tourist dollars, attracting

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  • Yokohama Triennale 2011, the fourth installment of this large-scale art event, differs from its predecessors in that it is being held primarily

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  • Koki Tanaka, Artist Pension Trust member and participant in the APT organized exhibition "Acting Out of Nothingness" at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London, here talks about his project for the Japanese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and how he isn't an artist but rather considers himself a coordinator or maker of situations.

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  • Two exciting exhibitions are slated to open in Europe next week, “CAUTION! THINGS MAY APPEAR DIFFERENT THAN THEY ARE” at Nuremberg’s AufAEG, and “Acting out of Nothingness” at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London. Although incredibly different exhibitions, each show deals with the concept of individual experience in its own way. But the more common thread uniting the two shows is that the artworks comprising each curatorial vision...

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  • Someone really adept at making intellectual connections might be able to make links between the work of Kim Beom at Artspace and Raymond Ching

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  • Things to see, Places to be across the globe: Dix, Poussin, Rhoades, Hesse, Cage, Klimt, Gupta and many more.

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  • In this charming show at the Box, L.A. artist Koki Tanaka playfully questions assumptions about art’s place and function.

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  • The names just keep coming! The latest country to put forward its representative for the 2013 Venice Biennale is Japan, which announced

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  • This dynamic exhibition of 34 artists offers an expansive view of contemporary practices: from sculptures whose abject aesthetic challenges commodity,

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  • The Japan Foundation have announced that the media artist Koki Tanaka will represent Japan at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The commissioner

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  • Echoing the choice of Koki Tanaka — a conceptual artist — for the Japanese pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale this year, “Why Not Live For Art? II:

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1975, Koki Tanaka lives and works in Tokyo and in Los Angeles.

The artist mainly produces video and installation, many of which are developed
site-specifically. He often deals with everyday commodities and surroundings, and recently has put more focus on everyday people’s behavior with his conceptual approach and subtle control, in order to create a visual sphere that challenges the mundane and the rational embedded in the minds of the viewers. In doing so, he lets the work entice them into a spontaneous aesthetic experience.
 
He has shown widely in and outside Japan: at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo),
Yokohama triennale (Yokohama), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Taipei Biennial
(Taipei), the Asia Society (New York), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San
Francisco), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London). 
 
Before graduating from the Tokyo University of Arts, Tanaka was Artist in Residence
at Location One, New York with a support of Asian Cultural Council (ACC) fellowship.
On the recommendation of Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Tanaka was awarded the
Fellowship of Overseas Study Programme for Artists by the Agency for Cultural
Affairs by the Japanese Government.
 
Tanaka was honored by being chosen to represent Japan at the 2013 Venice
Biennale, where he plans to use elements of the March 2011 Tohoku Earthquake
and Tsunami as a theme for the installation.
 
Koki Tanaka is represented by AOYAMA | MEGURO, Tokyo and Vitamin Creative
Space.

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS
Tokyo
Koki TANAKA
Mori Art Museum
Toronto
Group Show
Japan Foundation, Toronto
San Francisco
Koki TANAKA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Auckland
Koki TANAKA
Artspace, Auckland
Rotterdam
Group Show
Witte de With Centrum voor Hedendaagse K...
Los Angeles
Koki TANAKA
Luckman Gallery, California State Univer...
Budapest
Group Show
Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle
Seoul
Group Show
One and J. Gallery
Los Angeles
Group Show
Armand Hammer Museum of Art, University ...
Tokyo
Group Show
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Tokyo
Group Show
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
London
Group Show
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Group Show
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
Kyoto
Koki TANAKA
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Ko...
Perth
Koki TANAKA
Gallery Central
Rotterdam
Group Show
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Rotterdam
Group Show
Witte de With Centrum voor Hedendaagse K...
Tokyo
Group Show
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
London
Group Show
ICA Institute of Contemporary Art
London
Group Show
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Tempe
Group Show
Arizona State University Art Museum
Maastricht
Group Show
Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture
Berlin
Koki TANAKA
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
Group Show
Rome
Koki TANAKA
MACRO - Museo d`Arte Contemporanea Roma
Hiroshima
Group Show
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Beijing
Group Show
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Mito-shi
Koki TANAKA
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
London
Koki TANAKA
The Showroom
London
Koki TANAKA
The Showroom
London
Koki TANAKA
The Showroom
Shanghai
Group Show
Himalayas Art Museum
New York
Koki TANAKA
Asia Society and Museum
San Francisco
Koki TANAKA
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco