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“Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work” is taxonomic, breaking down everything in the artist’s oeuvre into relatively neat successions of projects and including his paintings and sculptures, copious sketches and the marginalia. Even the catalog seemingly calls for a scientific approach, this exhibition being the opportunity to “conduct objective and detailed research and analysis.”

Yet while all is clearly tagged and categorized, the organizers note that they were unable to reach clear conclusions about certain artworks, so they were omitted from the show and some conclusions set aside. While the exhibition is the most comprehensive on the artist to date, we are told that it should by no means be regarded as a definitive assessment. Much about Takamatsu’s career remains unknown and his theorizing can often seem esoteric.

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