ZOOM Gallery Talk
ARAKI MINOL: An Artist Between Worlds
Recorded October 12, 2023
In this ZOOM Gallery Talk, we explore the life and times of Araki Minol (1928-2010), an artist who lived between many worlds. He was a prodigious talent who successfully bridged the classical painting traditions of China and Japan, nature scenes and portraiture, classicism and modernity. Born in China to Japanese parents, Araki relocated to Japan as a young man and traveled the world for his professional design career. Though he exhibited his paintings in Asia throughout his life, Araki’s legacy is more firmly established in the United States, where major museums hold numerous masterworks in their collections.
Providing three points of view on the artist – university academic, museum curatorial, and private collector – panelists Claudia Brown, Matthew Welch, and David Frank and Kazukuni Sugiyama examine Araki’s unique hybridity, both biographically and creatively, that laid the foundation for his vigorous paintings that not only synthesized these various influences but further revealed a highly original artistic viewpoint.
CLAUDIA BROWN, Professor of Art History, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, AZ
DAVID FRANK and KAZUKUNI SUGIYAMA, Japanese art collectors and close friends of the artist, New York, NY and Santa Fe, NM
MATTHEW WELCH, Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
moderated by JOAN MIRVISS