Fukase's Hibi Series on NYT magazine instagramNew York Times, Tmagazine instagram March 7, 2016
Four years after Masahisa Fukase’s death, his “Hibi” series leaves Tokyo for the first time — for Michael Hoppen Gallery's booth at this year's @thearmoryshow. Here's his "Untitled, Hibi (12)."
Amuse - A New old work by Masahisa FukaseAmuse, Online March 2, 2016
The Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase had just finished his latest series in the early 90s when he fell down the stairs of a bar in Tokyo. The accident sent Masahisa into a coma that lasts until his death in 2012 and the tragedy lead to a somewhat stalled reputation in the art world. His series, ‘Hibi’, was shown once back then, and will be on reshown to the world at this week’s fair.
Twelve works from “Hibi” will be at the Michael Hoppen Gallery booth (number 124).
Masahisa Fukase's Hibi photographsHATTIE CRISELL, New York Times Style Magazine March 1, 2016
The series showing at the Armory examines road surfaces in disrepair — “Hibi” translates as “crack.” Unlike Fukase’s better-known photographs, these prints are hand-painted in a vibrant palette of greens, pinks, yellows and blues. The paint application is wildly varied: It is flicked across some images and washed over others. In some instances, the artist has used color to pick out fissures in the road, or water glistening at the edge of a puddle. His own fingerprint appears on several prints, red and incongruous, like a signature.