Skip to content

Barbara Takenga: Shibaraku

DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Barbara Takenaga: Shibaraku, featuring new paintings in the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will run from November 12 – December 23. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an interview by the artist Tom Burckhardt, with Barbara Takenaga.

more press release with image

Here, 2020. Acrylic on linen, 42 x 36 inches

Shibaraku is a Japanese word that refers both to a type of Kabuki drama and also a word that loosely translates as “wait a moment!” In fact, each moment with Takenaga’s paintings will shape and re-shape the forms into something else, creating new beginnings with each glance. Starting with fluid pours of paint onto the canvas, Takenaga then creates undulating shapes with brushstrokes resembling dots, splashes, and sparks coming together and receding in outwardly infinite space. They can be understood as kaleidoscopic layers of outlines, horizons, and atmospheres, that coalesce as much as they diverge.

In the title work, Shibaraku, an expansive five-panel painting, Takenaga creates spans of white and gray atmospheric space in the middle panels. Closer observation reveals layer upon layer of muted flashes painted like small fireworks and cloud-like structures, flickering and disappearing depending on the movement of light around them. Dark, fluid, abstracted shapes coalesce like figures at each end of the sequence, underscoring the openness and depth of the middle panels, and imbuing the work with a boding yet alluring and mysterious aura.

Shibaraku Image

Takenaga’s paintings continue to offer abstract visual translations alluding to the ever-changing nature of the physical world while challenging our understanding of those very spaces in a psychologically mesmerizing manner.

Slide-Show

Slide-Show Thumbnails

20,000 Miles, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Inquire

Pearlescent White, 2020
Acrylic on linen
70 x 60 inches

Inquire

Elia, 2020
Acrylic on linen
42 x 36 inches

Inquire

20,000 Miles, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Pearlescent White, 2020
Acrylic on linen
70 x 60 inches

Elia, 2020
Acrylic on linen
42 x 36 inches

Downloads

Press Release

Thumb-Show

Thumb-Show Thumbnails

Green Center, 2020
Acrylic on linen
60 x 70

Inquire

Peacock, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Inquire

Field, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Inquire

Outliner, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Inquire

Airfoil, 2020
Acrylic on linen
54 x 45 inches

Inquire

Red Meryl. 2020
Acrylic on linen
54 x 45 inches

Inquire

Here, 2020
Acrylic on linen
42 x 36 inches

Inquire

Serrulata 3. 2020
Acrylic on linen
42 x 36 inches

Inquire

Serrulata 2, 2020
Acrylic on linen
36 x 42 inches

Inquire

Deco Thing, 2020
Acrylic on linen
20 x 24 inches

Inquire

Cat Feet. 2020
Acrylic on linen
18 x 24 inches

Inquire

Gray/Violet, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Inquire

In Between, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Inquire

Ripple, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Inquire

Receiver (red brown), 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Inquire

Green Center, 2020
Acrylic on linen
60 x 70

Peacock, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Field, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Outliner, 2020
Acrylic on linen
45 x 54 inches

Airfoil, 2020
Acrylic on linen
54 x 45 inches

Red Meryl. 2020
Acrylic on linen
54 x 45 inches

Here, 2020
Acrylic on linen
42 x 36 inches

Serrulata 3. 2020
Acrylic on linen
42 x 36 inches

Serrulata 2, 2020
Acrylic on linen
36 x 42 inches

Deco Thing, 2020
Acrylic on linen
20 x 24 inches

Cat Feet. 2020
Acrylic on linen
18 x 24 inches

Gray/Violet, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

In Between, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Ripple, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Receiver (red brown), 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
12 x 10 inches

Video-Show

Artist Talk: Barbara Takenaga in Conversation with Elle Pérez

November 14 at 4:30pm EDT via Zoom

Inquire

Barbara Takenaga: Shibaraku. DC Moore Gallery exhibition catalogue, 2020. Softcover catalogue with interview by Tom Burckhardt, with Barbara Takenaga. 28 pages with color reproductions.

Email for availability updates.