Artists Space

Yuji Agemastu: Chasing Milford

Performance
11 Cortlandt Alley and online
Saturday, January 15
1pm

Image of a photograph attached to a piece of paper. The photograph is of a seated person with a mustache, swifly waving their hands up at chest height. A mirror on the left reflects the figure of a standing person in white pants and a dark shirt.
Milford Graves, from Yara Scrapbook (compiled by Yuji Agematsu), c. 1989. Black and white photograph. Courtesy of the Estate of Milford Graves [Image of a photograph attached to a piece of paper. The photograph is of a seated person with a mustache, swifly waving their hands up at chest height. A mirror on the left reflects the figure of a standing person in white pants and a dark shirt.]

Yuji Agematsu (b. 1956, Kanagawa, Japan) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Agematsu studied with Tokio Hasegawa, a member of the band Taj Mahal Travellers, and the jazz drummer and choreographer Milford Graves. He has had exhibitions at The Secession, (Vienna, 2021), Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York, 2017, 2019 & 2020), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, 2019), Lulu (Mexico City, 2019), the Power Station (Dallas, 2018), Artspeak(Vancouver, 2014), Real Fine Arts (Brooklyn, 2012 & 2014), Anthology Film Archives (New York, 2004), and TZ’Art & Co. (New York, 1994). In 2014, Agematsu mounted a large scale exhibition at Yale Union (Portland, OR), which was accompanied by the monograph ZIP: 01–01–14…12–31–14. Agematsu was prominently included in the 57th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2018), and was previously shown in Speak Lokal, Kunsthalle Zurich (2017), Serialities, Hauser & Wirth (New York, 2017), The Keeper, New Museum (New York, 2016), and Looking Back / The 7th White Columns Annual,(2013). His performances have taken place at the Swiss Institute (New York, 2018), Artists Space (New York, 2017), and as part of the solo presentation Walk on A, B, C, at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2016). His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney, the Walker Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, The Israel Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, the Loewe Foundation, and the Pinault Collection. His works are currently view in Greater New York at MoMA PS1 from October 7, 2021 to April 18, 2022.

In keeping with New York City health advisories and in the interest of the safety of our staff and visitors, we will require following:

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Lead Support for Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation. Core Support is provided by Corbett vs. Dempsey, Martin & Rebecca Eisenberg, and Joe & Nancy Walker.

Program support for Artists Space is provided by The Friends of Artists Space, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Imperfect Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Danielson Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, VIA Art Fund, Arison Arts Foundation, The Chicago Community Fund, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.