The word "criterium" comes from the Latin "criterion," which refers to a standard. The goal of ATM's Criterium series is to raise awareness about young artists currently active on the domestic scene. Many inquiries about the series are made from people both in Japan and overseas, making it serve as an important opportunity for such young artists. There is also a high level of interest from local companies and art fans, whose support helps to keep the program going.

Organizer: Mito Arts Foundation
Grant/aid: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation, local companies, interested individuals
Cooperation: Asahi Breweries, Ltd.




Shoko Masunaga

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

Criterium is a series of exhibitions at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito focusing on new works by young artists. Every Criterium exhibition is formed jointly by the artist and the curator.
Through her work that reveals the traces of everyday behavior and ideas, the artist Shoko Masunaga explores the relationship between painting and space, and the possibilities of painting. She focuses on the two- and three-dimensional nature of painting, employing not only paper and canvas as painting support but also tiles and folded canvases in order to create work that shuttles between the two. This exhibition features a series of Masunaga’s new paintings specially presented as an installation for the Criterium.

Dates: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Sunday, May 6, 2018
Venue: Gallery 9, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation
Curated by: Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
Fee: Included in the admission


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