MAKI NA KAMURA (born in Osaka, Japan) deals in its work with questions concerning the tradition of painting and its position in the present, operating with a certain irony and always at a distance from the mainstream.
In the autumn of 2005, Na Kamura went to the offices of the Berlin daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and purchased a half-page ad. It announced a one-week event in a temporarily repurposed shop space – across the road from the famous Grisebach auction house.
The ad stated: ” IS THIS AN EXHIBITION? DOES MAKI NA KAMURA NOW BELONG TO THE ART WORLD?”
The event ran until the day before the preview of Berlin’s popular art fair; a few curious people turned up, and even the press took note.
This is characteristic of Na Kamura’s position in the world of contemporary art.
Maki Na Kamura’s painting, especially landscapes, has been included in major overviews including Landscape Painting Now (Thames & Hudson, New York 2019) and Vitamin P2 – New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon, London 2011).
So does Maki Na Kamura now belong to the art world? The answer is unclear.