PRINT Summer 1987


Noriyuki Haraguchi’s studio on Tokyo Bay.

NORIYUKI HARAGUCHI'S STUDIO IS in Taura, an industrial section of the port of Yokosuka, near Yokohama on Tokyo Bay. Haraguchi, a leading figure in Mono-ha, a Japanese artists’ group of the decade beginning in the mid ’60s, first became known for paintings, “crudely realistic and brutally materialistic” oils, in the words of the critic Toshiaki Minemura. In the early ’70s he began to make three-dimensional objects and installations out of such materials as steel, canvas, oil, water, clay, and glass. These had a considerable sensuality, of an industrial kind, in their impact, but their materials also lent them anonymity, a playing down of emotion, in which, as Minemura again points out, they differentiated themselves from the “passionate and ethnic” elements within Mono-ha.

Haraguchi has spent most of his life in Yokosuka, and he is a longtime observer of the activities of the port and of

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