Widely considered one of the top Japanese artists of his generation, Mr. Odani is a meticulous sculptor heralded for his supernatural and stunning visions that utilize traditional Japanese woodcarving techniques to express contemporary ideas and sensibilities. Mingling human, animal, and invented futuristic anatomy, Mr. Odani’s sculpture, photography, and video works explore the boundaries of reality and myth, the physical and the spiritual. A Kyoto native, Mr. Odani received a B.F.A. in sculpture and, shortly after, an M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1997. After exhibiting at the 5th Biennial de Lyon in 2000, the 7th Istanbul Biennial in 2001, and the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2002, he solidified his place among the world’s artistic elite in 2003 when he was chosen to represent Japan at the 50th Venice Biennale. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts, and, in 2010, he held his largest show up until that time, Phantom Limb, at the Mori Art Museum, presenting over 60 pieces from his oeuvre. Mr. Odani sought to start a new chapter in his artistic development by expanding his understanding of contemporary art in the United States. His particular interest centers around investigating the increasingly high-art special-effects subculture in Hollywood, an understanding of which he feels will move his artistic endeavors in new directions.
Grants Awarded2011 | Visual Art | United States
to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and observe contemporary art activities in the United States.
Cosmos \ Intime - The Takahashi Collection is the first time that forty works of this incomparable collection will be presented outside Japan. Among the 22 artists in this selection made in collaboration with Ryûtarô Takahashi include international stars of contemporary art such as ACC grantees Yayoi Kusama, Makato Aida, Kohei Nawa, Aiko Miyanaga, Motohiko Odani, and Hiraku Suzuki, among many other contemporary artists.