The Art Newspaper | BLUM Gallery Looks Back on Three Decades of Bringing Japanese Contemporary Art to the US

February 26, 2024

Jori Finkel

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When the gallerist Tim Blum was still a student at UCLA in 1984, he travelled to Tokyo for the first time and was drawn to the underground music, film and art scenes there. A decade later, after working in the city’s galleries, he gave Yoshitomo Nara his first US exhibition, a major attention-getter at and for his new gallery, Blum & Poe. Now, three decades on, the dealer has co-curated a loosely organised but highly original survey of Japanese contemporary art that doubles as a 30th-anniversary show for the gallery now known as BLUM.

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