Misako & Rosen Art Gallery
The gallery opened in December 2006 by me and my wife Misako, each of us having had previous experience working in what I call the first generation of contemporary art galleries in Japan.
Misako worked for Tomio Koyama from the very beginning of that gallery, notably in support of artists such as Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara amongst others.
In contrast to other cookie-cutter white cube galleries, Misako & Rosen is staggered over a small concrete staircase at its centre, which partitions the viewing experience into several different perspectives. The gallery’s artists prove that painting is by no means dead.
Maya Hewitt’s oil-on-canvases depict bizarre, nightmarish scenes, such as a young man performing surgery on a women while tea is being served nearby, and Shimon Minamikawa’s ethereal acrylic paintings juxtapose pastel-coloured geometric abstractions with washed-out portraits.