– Natsuko Sakamoto’s Solo Exhibition Related Event – Hiroshi Ooguri with Natsuko Sakamoto Artist Talk

Artist talk
Hiroshi Ooguri (Physicist (Elementary particle theory)) with 
Natsuko Sakamoto (Exhibiting artist) 

June 29th (Sat), 2019 

Open at 13:30 / Start at 14:00 – (around 15:30)

Admission free

Place: ANOMALY (1-33-10 Terrada Art Complex 4F Higashi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)

*Talk will be conducted in Japanese.

*Exhibition will be on view during Artist talk.


Hiroshi Ooguri 
Ooguri is the Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics and the Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. He is also the Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo and is the President of the Aspen Center for Physics in Colorado.
Finishing his graduate study in two years, Ooguri became a tenured faculty member at the University of Tokyo in 1986. He was a member the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago one month before receiving his Ph.D. in 1989. He was an Associate Professor at Kyoto University and returned to the United States as a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley. He moved Caltech in 2000, where he is the inaugural holder of the Fred Kavli Chair.
Ooguri is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Investigator of the Simons Foundation. He has received the Eisenbud Prize from the American Mathematical Society, the Humboldt Research Award and the Hamburg Prize in Germany, and the Nishina Memorial Prize in Japan.
Ooguri’s popular science books have sold over a quarter million copies in Japan, and one of them was awarded the Kodansha Prize for Science Books. He also supervised a science movie, which was selected for the Best Educational Production Award from the International Planetarium Society.

Natsuko Sakamoto
Born in Kumamoto, 1983. Lives and works in Tokyo.
Natsuko Sakamoto graduated from Aichi University of the Arts and Music, Graduate School of Fine Arts, doctoral course in Fine Arts, in 2012. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions such as “Garden of Painting: Japanese Art of the 00s”, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2010); “ART as MAGIC – Visionary Artists and Their Inner Supernatural World”, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan (2012); “DER STURM”, Nagoya Citizen’s Gallery Yada, Aichi, Japan (2013); “The Best Selection of the Ohara Museum of Art”, the National Art Center, Tokyo (2016). In 2013, Sakamoto had a solo exhibition titled, “ARKO 2013 Natsuko SAKAMOTO”, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan, which held at the end of a three-month residency. She is a young artist expected to continue flourishing in her career.
Sakamoto’s paintings create strong impressions. Her unique use of colors enforces a particularly distorted sense of space and world-view, of girls who seem to be living in a perpetual strange theater. Since 2012 she’s taken a step back away from the narratively formerly resident in her paintings, and transformed towards expressions which foreground the act of painting and her abiding concern: spatial qualities unique to painting. Perhaps it is the repetition of the act of painting itself, and an experiment to challenge the beauty and power of the practice of painting as a universal domain.

*honorifics omitted