Kazuko Miyamoto & Lydia Okumura Minimalist Anyway

Zehra Jumabhoy on two Japanese woman artists reclaim the American, male-dominated aesthetic as their own

By Zehra Jumabhoy

Minimalist Anyway, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Damian Griffiths. Courtesy the artists and White Rainbow, London

White Rainbow, London, 3 May – 10 June 2017‘Being Japanese, you are minimalist anyway,’ quipped artist Kazuko Miyamoto one day. Her witticism was taken seriously at White Rainbow gallery: it formed the premise of an exhibition in which Miyamoto’s spare artworks are paired with those of Lydia Okumura. The cool, white cube showcased work the two friends each made in New York, from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s – prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures flirting with the simplest of…

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