Walk this way - a John Lurie exhibition at WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary ArtCulture
Feel the rage of the lead actor of “Stranger than Paradise” (1984, directed by Jim Jarmusch)
“Stranger than Paradise” (1984, directed by Jim Jarmusch) gained attention with its offbeat style and music in the early 1980s. John Lurie (born in 1952, in the USA), who played a leading part in this movie, is holding an exhibition at WATARI-UM.
John Lurie turned to painting after Lyme disease caused him to retire from the world of cinema. The world expressed by John Lurie seems like a beautiful dream at first glance, but at the same time it displays a keen sarcasm; animals in the paintings seem small and weak but are in fact enjoying freedom and living at their own pace.
In recent years, John Lurie has spent most of his time on an island in the Caribbean Sea. Accordingly, more natural images of plants and animals have come to appear in his recent work. This exhibition follows the first one held at WATARI-UM in 2010. As the world becomes increasingly absurd, it is time for us to take a moment and feel John Lurie's rage.
Walk this way - a John Lurie exhibition
@ WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
Dates: Now to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Closed on Mondays except for May 6
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm (open until 9 pm on Wednesdays)
Admission: Adults 1,000 yen / students (under 25) 800 yen / tickets-for-two 1,600 yen / tickets-for-two-students 1,200 yen / elementary and junior high school students 500 yen / seniors (over 70) 700 yen
Main picture: Walk this way ,2014