Photographer Toyo Tsuchiya Memorialized at Howl! Arts Gallery Tonight

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 at 9:39 am by

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Toyo Tsuchiya, the esteemed local artist and photographer who documented the Lower East Side art scene of the 1980s, died in his East Village residence on November 23. He was 69.

Now three months later, the community is again coming together to memorialize the fallen icon. Howl! Arts is hosting an event later this evening (6pm) at its East First Street headquarters.

Below is his bio penned by Howl, which curated a Tsuchiya show in November 2016:

Tsuchiya is best known for his photographs of NYC’s Lower East Side art scene in the 1980s and as an originator of the legendary Rivington School. In these highly personalized images of New York’s Lower East Side since 1980, Tsuchiya documented what was happening around him —the people, performance art, and the Lower East Side art scene — and especially the legendary underground movement of the collaborative Rivington School.

Born near Mt. Fuji in Japan, Tsuchiya grew up in Kyushu and Yokohama. After graduating from the Kanagawa Ken Technical High School for Industrial Design he began his career as an artist. Living in Osaka, Yokohama, and Tokyo, he studied and exhibited paintings, drawings and collage within a small circle of the 1970’s art world in Tokyo. In the late 70s he turned to photography, and soon moved to New York City.

Tsuchiya was a creative force behind the No Se No Social Club, the stage for many art happenings, including the 99 Nights, a marathon of free performances and exhibitions. In his photographs, Tsuchiya captures the style, energy, and free-spirited creativity of the time, and contextualized these happenings in a fine-art lineage.

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